The Ottawa Redblacks road woes continued Friday night in Hamilton, as they lost 16-6 to the East-leading Tiger Cats. The loss brought their road record to 0-8 and overall record to 2-13, and the Redblacks are still searching for the first road win in franchise history. The Redblacks failed to score a touchdown, relying on a field goal, safety, and a single for a missed field goal as their only offensive points. The Redblacks return home to Ottawa this week, and they will have a chance to get the offense back on track when they host the Montreal Alouettes at TD Place on Friday night.
The Ottawa Senators squeezed out a 3-2 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre. Young speedster Mike Hoffman was the star of the show, as he scored the game-winning goal, notched an assist, and even drew a penalty shot. Robin Lehner was sharp in nets, turning aside 38 of 40 shots against. The win gives the Senators a very impressive 4-1 record to start the season, a record they will try to improve upon when they battle the rival Maple Leafs on home soil this Wednesday.
In OHL action, the Ottawa 67’s racked up two important home wins over the weekend. On Friday night, thanks to the help of legendary coach Brian Kilrea, who made a guest appearance behind the bench, the 67’s swatted aside the Mississauga Steelheads 6-3. Dante Salituro continued his scorching start to the season, potting two goals. The unstoppable Salituro continued the magic on Sunday, scoring a hat trick to lead the 67’s to a 5-3 win over the Plymouth Whalers. Salituro is second in the OHL in goal-scoring totals so far. The 67’s will attempt to build on a strong weekend as they hit the road for games against London, Sarnia, and Kitchener this weekend.
Ottawa Fury FC were shutout 2-0 by Edmonton FC in NASL action on Saturday. The Fury dominated possession 61% to 39%, and had the majority of the scoring chances (17 shot attempts to 6), but Edmonton finished when it mattered. Ottawa’s record drops to 4-4-8 in the fall season, separating them from the basement of the league by only 3 points. The team will attempt to end the season a high note as they host the Indy Eleven on Sunday in Ottawa’s final home game of the season.
In university news, the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team defeated the GeeGees 4-2 to open the season. Tamber Tisdale had a strong game in nets to avert a strong push by the GeeGees. That win was added to a strong weekend for Ravens sports, with victories for the men’s football (21-18 over Windsor) and men’s hockey (9-4 over UOIT), although the university lost both soccer games to UOIT. The Ravens also won the House-Laughton basketball tournament, with forward Thomas Scrubb claiming MVP honours. The GeeGees women’s soccer team beat Trent 2-1 to close out the regular season with an incredible 15-1-0 record. Finally, the GeeGees rugby team beat McGill 38-20 to advance to the finals for the first time in program history. Ottawa hosts the Concordia Stingers on Saturday as they attempt to bring home the title. Good luck girls!
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