The Senators didn’t make it easy on themselves, but they managed to pull out two home wins over the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames this weekend. The four points helped they stay hot on the heels of the Boston Bruins, who currently hold the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa trailed Buffalo by two goals on Friday night, but used goals 26 seconds into the second and 1:34 into the third to tie the game. Mark Stone added the game-winner early in the third period to secure the victory, pushing rookie sensation Andrew Hammond‘s career record to 7-0-1.
The Senators carried their momentum into Sunday night’s home clash with the Calgary Flames, potting four straight goals. There were some familiar faces on the scoresheet. Mike Hoffman notched his team-leading 24th goal, and Mika Zibanejad added an assist to push his point streak to a season-high seven games. Mark Borowiecki scored his first goal of the campaign, while Alex Chiasson clawed his way out of a ten-game goalless drought with his 10th of the year. The Calgary Flames whittled away at Ottawa’s lead in the third period, eventually tying the contest with just over two minutes remaining. Craig Anderson stood tall in the shootout and captain Erik Karlsson scored the shootout winner to preserve the win.
The entire season could come down to tomorrow’s battle with the Boston Bruins. The Senators are five points back of the Bruins with a game in hand. The busy week continues with road games against the Montreal Canadiens (Thursday), New York Islanders (Friday), and Philadelphia Flyers (Sunday).
The Ottawa 67’s struggled with three losses in three attempts this weekend. Fortunately the team has already locked up a playoff position, but the team will want to get back on a winning track as they head toward the postseason. Captain Travis Konecny and winger Nathan Todd both had three-point efforts in Friday night’s 6-5 home loss to the London Knights. Konecny continues his scoring ways on Saturday, but Ottawa was crushed 8-3 by the Niagara Ice Dogs. Konecny added another goal and assist on Sunday against the Mississauga Steelheads, but Ottawa narrowly lost 3-2. This week, Ottawa clashes with the Oshawa Generals and Belleville Bulls as the OHL season nears an end.
The Ottawa GeeGees men’s basketball team were narrowly defeated 85-80 by the Windsor Lancers in the OUA final four. The Lancers advanced to the finals to face off against the talented Carleton Ravens, where they were soundly pummeled 103-59 to gift the Ravens the OUA title. The Ravens’ 9th OUA title puts them in a position to claim their 5th straight CIS National title. If the Ravens do make it to the finals, you can catch the action on Sunday at 3pm on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet ONE.
Good luck in the CIS tournament, Ravens!