The Ottawa Senators wrapped up their Western Canada road trip with a 4-2 loss to Calgary on Saturday night. Leading scorer Clarke MacArthur and sniper Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, but mistakes in the Senators end, especially puck-handling gaffes by goaltender Craig Anderson, cost Ottawa the game. However, earning 3 points in 3 games on the Western swing is good news. The Senators don’t play again until Thursday night, when they host rookie phenom Filip Forsberg and the Nashville Predators.
On the other hand, the Ottawa 67’s went unbeaten this weekend. It started with a solid 4-1 win over the Belleville Bulls on Friday night. Liam Herbst turned aside 22 of 23 shots, while wingers Jeremiah Addison and Nathan Todd each turned in two-point efforts to secure the victory. The 67’s followed up the performance on Sunday with an 8-5 barnburner of a win over the Guelph Storm. Nathan Todd carried his momentum from Friday night, notching two goals, but it was centre Sam Studnicka who guaranteed the victory for the 67’s with the first hat trick of his OHL career. The 9-8 67’s will continue the homestand with games against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (Friday, 7:30pm) and Kingston Frontenacs (Sunday, 2pm).
In university hockey action, the Carleton Ravens’ men’s team are on an eight-game winning streak, following a 4-3 shootout win over the York Lions, and rank among top teams in CIS. Meanwhile, the women’s Ravens continue to struggle, coming off a pair of difficult losses to the McGill Martlets, falling 7-0 and 6-2. The women’s GeeGees scored a huge 5-3 upset victory over the number one ranked Montreal Carabins. Carol-Ann Upshall scored a breakaway goal in the dying minutes to secure the upset. The GeeGees remain in contention as the season nears its end.
In basketball news, the men’s Ravens are off to a 4-0 start thanks to an 82-60 win over the Laurentian Voyagers. Not to be outdone, the GeeGees matched their cross-town rivals to move to 4-0 on the young season as well. Johnny Berhanemeskel led the way with 21 points and 6 assists in a huge 113-62 thrashing of the Nipissing Lakers. In women’s action, the Ravens lost a 60-57 nailbiter against Laurentian to fall to 2-2 on the season, while the GeeGees demolished OUA newcomers Nipissing 92-13 for their third consecutive victory. It was the most offensive production for the GeeGees women since 1981.
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