OHL: 67’s four-goal comeback to avoid home-and-home sweep by Frontenacs

OTTAWA, ON – Peter Stratis’s first OHL goal put the Ottawa 67’s ahead until the final buzzer Saturday afternoon at The Arena at TD Place. They completed a massive, four-goal comeback to stun the Kingston Frontenacs 4-3 in the second leg of a home-and-home against the regional rivals.

The 67’s rode the back of forward Matt Foget, who had a point on each of Ottawa’s four goals.

“He’s got a knack,” 67’s head coach and general manager Jeff Brown said of Foget. “Hopefully he stays hot here the next little while.”

Brown also expressed happiness when asked about the Stratis go-ahead goal.

“He’s been playing really well,” Brown said. “There’s been times in the last couple weeks when the 16-year-old’s been our best defenceman. He got rewarded tonight and he’s gonna be a good one for us for a long time.”

Kingston got fortunate early in the game, receiving three first period power plays and scoring on all of them.

The first goal came off a deflection from Ted Nichol in front of the net at 2:27, and Jason Robertson followed it up with a laser beam of a wrist shot into the top corner to make the score 2-0.

Cody Caron split the defence and roofed the Fronts’ third goal of the period at 19:08, just as an Artur Tyanulin boarding penalty expired.

As they usually do, the 67’s would come alive in the second period and make it a hockey game. The first goal came from Noel Hoefenmayer, when he was left all alone in the slot and wired a one-timed slap shot that Mario Peccia couldn’t react to.

Hoefenmeyer’s 13th of the season couldn’t have come at a better time, with the star defender playing in his 100th-career OHL game.

A cross-crease pass found its way onto the stick of Sasha Chmelevski at 11:49, he put the shot into the top meshing of the net, making it a one-goal game.

Matt Foget tied it at 5:36 of the third, finding space in the slot and ripping a shot passed Peccia for a goal to go along with his three assists.

That set up Stratis’s heroics in the middle stage of the third.

The rookie defenceman teed up a shot and fired it through a screen from the point. It sailed straight in, for his first goal in his 42nd OHL game.

That stood as the winner, and the 67’s avoided the home-and-home sweep with the clutch comeback victory.