Backup goalie comes up big for 67's

JAMES CULIC, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

With Petr Mrazek out of the lineup, the 67’s knew they needed to play a tight defensive game to keep the pressure off backup goalie Shayne Campbell Friday night.

In the final meeting of the season between the 67’s and the Barrie Colts, Ottawa beat the Colts 5-2 to split the season series.

Mrazek, the OHL’s leader in save percentage at .921, injured his groin Wednesday in Belleville and will likely be out of the lineup for about a week.

Campbell stepped up in his absence, making 24 saves in front of a crowd of 6,591 at the Rona Centre.

Rookie Sean Monahan led the way for the 67’s with two goals and an assist, scoring what stood up as the game-winner with just over a minute left in the first period to give Ottawa a 3-1 lead.

His teammates congratulated him by dousing him with shaving cream during a post-game interview.

“It’s just a team joke, something we do when a guy’s getting interviewed,” said Monahan, adding that with Mrazek out of the lineup, the 67’s needed to focus and play their own game and control the play.  

Back-to-back hooking penalties against the Colts in the first period gave Ottawa a pair of early power plays and Cody Ceci capitalized on the second one for the 67’s first goal of the game.

“Everyone’s been telling me to shoot more,” Ceci said. “Shoot the puck more, control the puck more, that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”

Tyler Graovac netted his 10th of the season, redirecting Ben Dubois’ shot past Barrie goaltender John Chartrand to give the 67’s a two-goal lead.  

A botched defensive play by Jake Cardwell allowed Barrie’s Tanner Pearson to pick up his own rebound and get one past Campbell for the Colts’ first goal.

In a rough night for Cardwell, he also took two slashing penalties, late in the second and early in the third. The Colts made good on the first power play, when Petr Beranek jammed a wrap-around goal in from behind the net.

Thomas Nesbitt added to the 67’s lead midway through the third when he intercepted a Colts pass in front of the net and scored his 30th of the season. Monahan rounded out the scoring a few minutes later.

The 67’s (40-19-1) host the Kitchener Rangers Sunday afternoon. Ottawa narrowly defeated Kitchener 5-4 in a shootout in their only other meeting of the season.


Videos

Photos