Petes' pressure too much for 67's

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:02 PM ET

The 67s appeared to be cruising to a perfect 4-0 record this season against division rival Peterborough Friday night until a furious third-period Petes comeback spoiled their holiday plans.

In the front end of a home-and-home, Peterborough stole a 3-2 overtime victory in front of 9,771 fans at the Rona Centre in the 67s final home game before the holiday break.

Austin Watson completed the comeback at 1:24 of overtime after Ottawa native Alan Quine scored with 20 seconds left in the third period to tie the game.

Quine now has 12 goals in 16 games for the Petes after Kingston shipped him to Peterborough in the Ryan Spooner deal.

Ottawa held a 2-0 lead through the first 52 minutes of the game, but a goal from sniper Matt Puempel drew the visitors within one at 12:32 of the third.

Peterborough poured on the pressure, outshooting the 67s 21-3 in the third period and 51-27 overall, capping the comeback with three unanswered goals.

There were some bright spots for the 67s, who have not lost in regulation time since Nov. 20 at Niagara, going 7-0-2 since.

A few familiar names found their way onto the scoresheet for the 67s. Tyler Toffoli and Shane Prince each had a goal and an assist in the first period, running their consecutive points streaks to 15 games, the longest scoring blitz of the OHL season so far.

Both players started their streaks way back on Nov. 7, a 6-4 loss in Guelph.

The team has rarely tasted defeat since then, with a record of 11-1-2 over that span.

Toffoli and Prince, with Ryan Martindale at centre, have been all but unstoppable. Toffoli now has 17 goals and 14 assists and Prince has 10 goals and 20 assists during their scoring streak.

Ottawas biggest star Friday night, however, was goalie Petr Mrazek, who was named first star after a 48-save performance. He was at his best with 90 seconds left in the second, when he made a trio of point-blank saves on chances from Puempel, Quine and Watson.

The 67s have a chance at redemption Saturday in Peterborough, then play their final game before the break Sunday in Oshawa.

aedan.helmer@sunmedia.ca


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