GATINEAU, Que. – The Ottawa 67’s have finally had their point streak snapped after more than two months without a regulation loss.
Jeffrey Durocher scored the go-ahead goal at 11:47 of the third period as the Gatineau Olympiques edged Ottawa 2-1 on Friday in the first of two interleague games between the two clubs.
The 67’s had gone 19-0-4 in their last 23 games, with their last regulation time loss coming Oct. 3 against the North Bay Battalion.
Giordano Finoro also scored for the Olympiques (11-16-3), who got 35 saves from Tristan Berube to snap a six-game losing streak.
Tye Felhaber put Ottawa (22-4-4) on the scoresheet while Cedrick Andree stopped 22 shots in defeat.
Ottawa’s Michael DiPietro dressed as the back up in his first game since being acquired from the Windsor Spitfires in a blockbuster trade earlier in the week.
The Ontario Hockey League club and its rival from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League are playing a home-and-home set known as "The battle of Ottawa River," with the winner claiming the Alexandra Cup.
Both interleague games count towards the league standings, with Game 2 set for Ottawa on Saturday.
GREYHOUNDS 4 STORM 3
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Keeghan Howdeshell scored the eventual winner 59 seconds into the third to lift the Greyhounds over Guelph.
Cole MacKay, Brett Jacklin and Alex Johnston also scored for Sault Ste. Marie (19-7-5) while Matthew Villalta turned away 29 shots for the win.
Barret Kirwin, Cam Hillis and Domenico Commisso found the back of the net for the Storm (14-8-6). Anthony Popovich gave up three goals on 11 shots before giving way to Nico Daws, who made 20 saves in 47 minutes of relief to get pegged with the loss.
STEELHEADS 4 GENERALS 2
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Ryan McLeod scored the first of four straight goals as the Steelheads erased a 2-0 lead to beat Oshawa and snap their six-game losing streak.
Nicholas Canade, Liam Ham and Cole Carter also scored for Mississauaga (15-12-2) as Jacob Ingham got the win with 27 saves. Forward Owen Tippett was handed a game misconduct at the end of the second for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Jack Studnicka and Allan McShane supplied the offence for the Generals (18-10-2). Kyle Keyser turned aside 35-of-38 shots in a losing cause.
STING 5 SPITFIRES 1
SARNIA, Ont. — Franco Sproviero had a goal and two assists and Ethan Langevin made 31 saves as the Sting downed Windsor.
Jacob Perreault, Curtis Egert, Calvin Martin and Adam Ruzicka also scored for Sarnia (14-13-4).
Curtis Douglas replied for the Spitfires (14-14-3). Kari Piiroinen allowed four goals on 21 shots for the loss.
OTTERS 4 FIREBIRDS 1
ERIE, Pa. — Gera Poddubnyi scored the first of four unanswered goals as the Otters dealt Flint its sixth loss in a row.
Danial Singer, Brendan Hoffmann and Chad Yetman also scored for Erie (12-16-1). Daniel Murphy made 23 saves for the victory.
Riley McCourt kept the last-place Firebirds (3-26-2) from being shut out. Emanuel Vella kicked out 25-of-28 shots in a losing cause.
WOLVES 5 COLTS 1
SUDBURY, Ont. — David Levin had a goal and two helpers as the Wolves beat Barrie to extend their win streak to five games.
Blake Murray, Darian Pilon, Macauley Carson and Quinton Byfield also scored while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 28 saves for Sudbury (18-8-2).
Matej Pekar scored for the Colts (14-14-1). Maksim Zhukov gave up five goals on 23 shots in two periods of work to take the loss. Winger Aidan Brown was given a match penalty for slew footing at 17:55 of the third.
RANGERS 4 BATTALION 2
KITCHENER, Ont. — Chase Campbell and Nick McHugh scored 43 seconds apart in the third as the Rangers got by North Bay to halt a three-game slide.
Alexey Lipanov and Riley Damiani also scored while Luke Richardson made 27 saves for Kitchener (13-14-2).
The Battalion (11-16-2) offence came from Justin Brazeau and Mason Primeau. Christian Propp kicked out 30 shots in North Bay’s fifth straight loss.
KNIGHTS 8 FRONTENACS 1
LONDON, Ont. — Connor McMichael had two goals and two assists, and the Knights moved to 17-0-1 in their last 18 games with a win over Kingston.
Liam Foudy, Antonio Stranges, Dalton Duhart, Nathan Dunkley, Adam Boqvist and Josh Nelson also scored London (21-4-2). Joseph Raaymakers made 23 saves for the win.
Ian Derungs scored for the Frontenacs (8-21-1). Ryan Dugas combined with Brendan Bonello for 26 saves in a losing effort.