Rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond picked up his second straight win (and second career NHL victory) in a big 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators won thanks to goals by Erik Karlsson, Bobby Ryan, and Curtis Lazar. Kyle Turris lead the way offensively with one goal and two assists. Captain Karlsson, who has been on fire since the return of partner Marc Methot, continues to impress and is rarely on the ice for a goal against. The win puts the Senators within 9 points of the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, but they do have two games in hand over current holders Boston. The Senators have a scant four days off before they embark on the California road trip, with games this week against the Anaheim Ducks (Wednesday), Los Angeles Kings (Thursday), and San Jose Sharks (Saturday).
The Ottawa 67’s had a jam-packed weekend, with games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The team managed to come away with two wins in 3 games. They turned aside the Saginaw Spirit 4-1 on Friday night, thanks to two-point efforts from Ben Fanjoy, Connor Graham, and assistant captain Sam Studnicka. The win streak continued on as the 67’s crushed the Mississauga Steelheads 7-3. Dante Salituro and Nathan Todd had two-goal efforts in the win. Nathan Todd potted an additional two powerplay goals on Sunday afternoon against the Oshawa Generals, but the team fell 5-3. The 67’s have clinched a playoff spot and sit firmly in second place in the East Division. However, the team is unlikely to rise or fall in the standings. The first-place Oshawa Generals have 24 more points than the 67’s, but the third-place Belleville Bulls trail Ottawa by 14 points. Therefore upcoming games against the Windsor Spitfires, Saginaw Spirit, and Plymouth Whalers are all about setting good habits for the post-season.
The men’s Ravens ice hockey team were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by UQTR. The team lost both games in overtime, and the series easily could have gone either way. Neither women’s team qualified for the playoffs.
The university basketball regular season is over. The men’s GeeGees finished first in the OUA East Division with an 18-1 record, while the Ravens were hot on their trail with an 18-2 record. Both teams qualified for the playoffs and expect to win – will an Ottawa team prevail? In women’s action, both teams also made the playoffs. The 14-5 GeeGees will face off against the 9-10 Ravens in the first round of the playoffs. Exciting!
Best of luck to all local university teams in the upcoming playoffs!