Despite a valiant effort on an emotional Friday night at TD Place, the Ottawa Redblacks fell 23-17 to the Montreal Alouettes. Following a touching tribute to fallen soldiers Patrice Vincent and Nathan Cirillo, the Redblacks did the city proud in scoring a touchdown on the opening set of plays following a 74-yard drive. It was Quarterback Henry Burris‘ first home touchdown pass of the season, and launched the CFL legend to 3rd all-time for CFL career touchdown passes with 334. But in the end, penalties and turnovers prevented the Redblacks from delivering a win for the emotional home crowd. The Redblacks close out their home schedule on Halloween night, October 31st, when the Hamilton Tiger Cats visit.
The Ottawa Senators fell in overtime to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night following a coordinated tribute to Vincent and Cirillo which was broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada alongside tributes in Toronto and Montreal. The Senators tied the game up in the third thanks to a nice power play pass from Erik Karlsson to Bobby Ryan, but eventually lost off a Jaromir Jagr overtime goal. The team then travelled with their fathers to Chicago on Sunday night, but lost 2-1 against a strong Blackhawks team. Milan Michalek scored his first goal off the season, a short-handed marker thanks to a patient Alex Chiasson pass. The unfairly maligned Michalek was the Senators star of the weekend, notching 3 points in 2 games. The Senators travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets tomorrow night on TSN5.
The Ottawa 67’s had a seesaw weekend, losing heavily on Friday (5-2 against London) and Sunday (6-2 against Kitchener), with a big 6-1 win on Saturday against the Sarnia Sting. Dante Salituro continued his scoring ways, potting another two goals to keep his “Cy Young” ratio going. Salituro now has 12 goals and 2 assists on the season. Centre Erik Bradford had a nice 4 point game on Saturday. The 5-7 67’s will attempt to climb back to .500 this weekend with three road games against the Niagara Ice Dogs, Erie Otters, and Guelph Storm.
Ottawa Fury FC lost 2-1 in their final home game of the season against the Indy Eleven. Brazilian winger Oliver scored in injury time, but it wasn’t enough. The 4-4-9 Fury play their final game of the season next Saturday against the strong Fort Lauderdale Strikers. As the 9th place team in a 10-team league, Ottawa Fury will not qualify for the NASL playoffs.
Finally, UpFront Ottawa would like to congratulate the University of Ottawa GeeGees, who won the RESQ rugby championship for the first time in team history. As a result, they will participate in the CIS national championship in Guelph next week. Fourth-year fullback Irene Patrinos lead the way offensively, while rookie Courtney Mastine sealed the championship thanks to a 40-yard run. Allison MacCormack and Erin Van Gulik were named league all-stars. Good luck at the national championship GeeGees!
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