The Ottawa Senators had a big win in their only game of the weekend, using an offensive third period to propel themselves to a 7-2 win over the struggling Phoenix Coyotes. It was offense by committee on Saturday, as no player other than Marc Methot registered more than two points. Sniper Bobby Ryan continued to lead by example, notching a goal and an assist and playing a strong brand of hockey, while Erik Karlsson deserved an even better stat line than 1 goal, 1 assist, +3. The win puts the Senators season record at 20-19-9, but they sit 11 points out of the wild card and playoff hopes continue to dim even with big wins like this. The Senators face off against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday and will need to beat the current wild card holders in Washington at home Thursday to have any chance at a playoff spot.
The Ottawa 67’s went two for three over the weekend, defeating Sarnia and Peterborough but falling 7-2 to Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters. The weekend started on a positive note, as Liam Herbst and the 67’s shutout the Sarnia Sting 5-0. Nathan Todd had 2 goals and 1 assist. The team traveled to Peterborough for a Satuday matchup with the Petes, and secured a 4-2 win thanks to captain Travis Konecny’s incredible 4 point effort (1 goal, 3 assists). Unfortunately, backup Leo Lazarev was injured late in the third, and Liam Herbst had to play the final ten minutes. The 7-2 loss to Erie was tough, but the team can bounce back with a pair of road games this week. The 67’s play in Peterborough on Friday and North Bay on Sunday afternoon.
In men’s university basketball action, both the Carleton Ravens and Ottawa GeeGees notched wins this weekend, but the true showdown comes on February 6th, as the two teams do battle at the Canadian Tire Centre in the 9th annual Capital Hoops Classic. The women’s teams, who sit #1 and #2 in the OUA North Division, will also face off on February 6th.
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