We hope you enjoyed the long weekend, UpFront readers! Here is your recap of Ottawa sports action over this past weekend:
The Ottawa Senators crushed the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 in a Valentine’s Day/Hockey Day in Canada showdown. It was offense by committee, as 12 different Senators skaters hit the scoresheet. The team was led by Milan Michalek, who recorded two goals and an assist in the demolishing. Ottawa followed up the big win with a tough 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in a Family Day affair. Shane Prince made his NHL debut and recorded his first career point on a sweet feed to captain Erik Karlsson. Mike Hoffman scored his 20th goal of the season, becoming the first Senators rookie in almost a decade to hit the milestone – Patrick Eaves last achieved the feat in 2005-06. However, the story of the night was the dual injuries to goaltender Robin Lehner and winger Clarke MacArthur, who collided in the crease following Carolina’s 4th goal of the night.
With both starting netminder Craig Anderson and Lehner potentially sidelined for Wednesday’s matchup with the Montreal Canadiens, Andrew Hammond could make his first NHL start. He has come in relief for Lehner on two separate occasions but has yet to start a game in the crease. The week continues with a home game on Saturday against the Florida Panthers before the team embarks on a California road trip.
The Ottawa 67’s had a picture-perfect weekend, going 3-for-3 in games against the Belleville Bulls and Kingston Frontenacs. Ottawa won 3-2 against Belleville on Friday night, and followed it up with a 3-0 shutout win over Kingston on Sunday. The two teams rematched on Monday, and Ottawa pulled out a 3-2 victory. The 67’s improve their record to 31-20-2-1 thanks to the 3-game streak, and have a 9-point lead over the 5th-place team in the Eastern Conference. The 67’s have a busy weekend ahead, with road games against the Saginaw Spirit and Mississauga Steelheads before returning home on Sunday afternoon to host the visiting Oshawa Generals.
It’s playoff time for university hockey. The men’s Ravens defeated UOIT in the first round of the playoffs and are currently locked in a series against UQTR. Game one kicks off on Thursday night at Carleton University. The women’s teams from both universities continue to struggle, as they are both mired at the bottom of the RSEQ division.
In university basketball action, the men’s Ravens beat the Queen’s Golden Gaels and crushed the York Lions 87-45 to push their record to 15-2. The men’s GeeGees were just as impressive, rolling over York (90-57) and Queen’s (91-81) to improve their record to 16-1. On the women’s side of the court, the Ravens lost 83-51 to Queen’s but beat York 59-46 to move to 8-9 on the year. The GeeGees added two wins to improve to an impressive 12-5 on the year.
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