67’s Survive Three OT Thriller to Eliminate Wolves

It took almost six full periods of play, but the Ottawa 67’s and Mitchell Hoelscher have advanced to the next round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. They defeated the Sudbury Wolves 3-2 in three overtimes to sweep the second round series.

Hoelscher got Ottawa on the board first when he scored 4:19 into the second period. Sudbury would respond with two of their own in the second period. Adam Ruzicka scored at 13:33 and Nolan Hutcheson potted one at 16:41 to give the Wolves the lead heading into the final period of regulation. Ruzicka’s game-tying goal came on the power play.

Sudbury seemed headed towards a sure-fire win and forcing a game five until the 6:40 mark of the third when Kyle Maksimovich scored for Ottawa to knot the game up at two.

And then began the marathon. One OT down, no winner. Two OTs down, no winner. Then, at 9:18 of the third OT, Owen Gilhula of the Wolves was called for a rare playoff overtime penalty. He was sent off for slashing and the 67’s were on the power play. It took about a minute, but Tye Felhaber took the air out of the Sudbury Community Arena when he scored the series-clincher from Austen Keating and Sasha Chmelevski at 10:15 of the third OT period.

The goalies were the real stars in this one. Michael DiPietro of Ottawa stopped 58 of 60 Sudbury shots in 110:15 minutes of play. For the Wolves, Ukka-Pekka Luukkonen was equal to 60 of the 63 he faced also in 110:15.

Hoelscher’s stat line saw him tally the goal for a point, end up a plus-1 rating, have three shots on goal and go 12-for-25 in the faceoff circle.

Ottawa will now advance to round three of the OHL playoffs.

Tomorrow is game four of the Everett Silvertips versus Spokane Chiefs series at 10:05 PM ET. We will have some coverage of that right here for you then.

Chiefs, Smith Inch Closer to Sweep With Win

Ty Smith and the Spokane Chiefs defeated the Everett Silvertips 3-1 in game three to come within a game of sweeping their opponents in the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.

Spokane’s Ethan McIndoe scored on the power play just 7:42 in to the game before the Silvertips’ Robbie Holmes tied it just under two minutes later. But that was all the Silvertips would muster.

Adam Beckman broke the tie at the 2:21 mark of the third and Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored into an empty net with less than 30 seconds remaining to ice the 3-1 win.

Smith finished with a plus-1 rating, a shot on goal and two penalty minutes (an interference call at 3:58 of the second period that was killed off). Everett went 0-for-2 on the power play while Spokane was 1-for-3.

Chiefs’ goalie Bailey Brkin, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots he saw, was named the game’s first star. Dustin Wolf of Everett made 17 saves on 19 shots while the Chiefs finished the game with 20 shots on goal with the empty net goal. Adam Beckman was the second star and Noah King was the third star, all three from Spokane.

Game four, with the possibilty of a Spokane sweep takes place on Friday at 10:05 PM ET from Spokane.

Two other Devils’ prospects that are still active in the CHL playoffs that I have been neglecting to cover have been Jocktan Chainey of the Halifax Mooseheads and Mitchell Hoelscher and the Ottawa 67’s.

Chainey and the Mooseheads (who are actually hosting the Memorial Cup this May) got by the Quebec Remparts in a seven game series in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. They lost the first two games at their home rink of Scotiabank Centre, including game two in overtime. They then bounced back and won games three and four at Centre Videotron in Quebec City before losing game five in the same location. However, they stormed back to win games six and seven on home ice as Quebec just could not kill them off.

They advanced to round two to take on the Moncton Wildcats, who they dispatched in four straight. They took games one and two (5-3 and 3-2) in Halifax before finishing things off at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, beating the Wildcats 4-2 in both games three and four. They move on to the next round and we will try to get some more coverage of that series for you here.

Moving over to the OHL, Hoelscher and the 67’s took care of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the first round in a four game sweep. They won game one by a rout, 9-3 on home ice at TD Place. Game two was won 5-2, game three 2-1 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton and game four 7-2.

They are currently facing the Sudbury Wolves, up three games to none. They won game one at home 8-5. Game two (also at home) 5-0. They then moved to the Sudbury Community Arena where they won 8-5 again to go up three-zip in the series.

Game four is tomorrow night from Sudbury and, again, we will try to get coverage of the series up here on the site.