67’s Outlast Storm, Take 2-0 Lead in OHL Final

The Ottawa 67’s remained undefeated in the OHL playoffs, winning their amazing 14th straight game this spring by defeating the Guelph Storm by a score of four to three. They are now halfway to sweeping the OHL Finals.

The Storm jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when Alexey Toropchenko scored on the power play 12:59 in to the game. Keegan Stevenson doubled their lead less than a minute later at 13:57.

But with twenty seconds to go in the first frame, Austen Keating scored a power play goal for Ottawa to cut the Guelph lead in half. From there, the 67’s scored three more unanswered to jump out to a 4-2 lead.

Kyle Maksimovich scored 1:31 into the second, Tye Felhaber scored at the 6:43 mark of the second and Sasha Chmelevski scored at 12:51 to give Ottawa two goal lead at the end of two periods of play.

The Storm added one from Toropchenko 1:15 into the third to make it 4-3. Guelph had a power play with three minutes to go when Maksimovich was called for high-sticking late, but could not score.

Guelph ended the game 1-for-2 on the power play while the 67’s were 1-for-3. In goal, Anthony Popovich made 37 saves on 41 shots for Guelph while Michael DiPietro started for the 67’s but only played 14:50, making seven saves on nine shots against. Cedrick Andree came on for Ottawa midway through the first period and ended up making 26 saves on 27 Storm shots in 45:10 of action.

Mitchell Hoelscher ended the game with a plus-1 plus/minus, two shots on goal and won seven of the 15 faceoffs he took.

Game three of this series is Monday, May 6 at 7 PM from the Sleeman Centre in Guelph.

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