The Ottawa Redblacks sadly got crushed 41-3 by the BC Lions on Saturday night, in a game which officially eliminated them from playoff contention. The Redblacks’ sole successful offensive play came as the result of a 34-yard field goal by Brett Maher. The Redblacks, despite a 2-12 record with four games to go in their inaugural season, have usually managed to keep games close. Hopefully they can put this lopsided defeat behind them and get back in the game or maybe win when they travel to Hamilton to play the Tiger Cats at the brand new Tim Hortons Field on Friday, October 17th.
The Ottawa Senators swept their two-game Florida road trip to open their 2014-2015 with a respectable 2-1 start. On Saturday night, Mika Zibanejad sealed the comeback win the shootout following regulation goals for captain Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone, who made a beautiful move in close. Robin Lehner recorded the win. On Thanksgiving Monday, Craig Anderson returned to the crease against his old team, the Florida Panthers, and earned a 1-0 shutout win. Clarke MacArthur scored the lone goal on a quick power play breakaway thanks to a nifty pass from Kyle Turris. The Senators make their home debut Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche at Canadian Tire Centre.
Following a tough start to the season, the Ottawa 67’s finally notched their first win of the season at home to the Niagara Ice Dogs on Friday night. Dante Salituro lead the way with a hat trick to secure the 4-3 win for his team. On Saturday, the 67’s followed it up with a confident 4-1 home win against the Oshawa Generals. Salituro continued to impress, adding a goal and an assist, while Liam Herbst kicked aside 20 of 21 shots against. However, on Sunday the wheels fell off a bit, with the 67’s losing 7-1 to the same Generals on the road. By the way, Salituro scored the lone goal for the 67’s – what a weekend! Hopefully the team will be able to get back on track Friday against the Mississauga Steelheads, and they have special incentive. Legendary coach Brian Kilrea will return to the bench for the game as a celebration of his upcoming 80th birthday.
In NASL action, Ottawa Fury FC lost 2-1 to the New York Cosmos on Saturday in New York. Ottawa Fury’s top goalscorer, forward Tom Heinemann, scored Ottawa’s only goal in the loss. The loss was the Fury’s first of the season, bringing the total record to 1-2-1. The team plays next at home on Saturday, October 18th, when they host FC Edmonton at TD Place.
In university news, the Ravens struggled, with losses in men’s hockey (5-2 to Concordia) and football (44-24 to Guelph), women’s soccer (0-0 draw with Ryerson) and a tough 28-0 defeat in women’s rugby to the rival Gee-Gees. Speaking of the Gee-Gees, the victory over the Ravens in women’s rugby gave the Ottawa program their first undefeated season, 7-0, in team history. The two teams also faced off in women’s soccer over the weekend, with the Gee-Gees earning a dominant 5-0 victory, their 12th straight. Pilar Khoury and Sheniz Eryuzlu both recorded two goals in the rout.
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