The Spitfires headed into Ottawa looking for the three-game east road trip sweep. This was the second of two games between the Spits and 67s, with Ottawa taking the first game 5-4 in overtime. The Spitfires came in riding a two-game winning streak were looking for a third win.
The 67s dominated the first period, shot after shot but Kari Piiroinen shut the door stopping all twelve shots in the frame. The Spitfires opened up the scoring halfway through the period when an Angle blocked shot hit the stick of Afanasyev in front of the net who sniped it top shelf to give the Spits the crucial 1-0 lead. Ottawa came into the game with a 22-1 record when scoring the game’s first goal. Shots were 12-3 in favour of the 67s after 20 minutes.
In the second period, the Spitfires doubled their lead on the powerplay halfway through the period. Angle sniped his 26th of the season with Afanasyev and Purboo drawing assists. The Spitfires held a 2-0 after 40 minutes of play. Shots were still in favour of the 67s 18-13. The Spits were 20-1 when leading after 40 minutes.
The third period was a wild period, and the 67s were not going down without a fight. The 67s scored to cut the lead in half with 2:30 left to play in the third period. A mad scramble in front of Spits net found a 67s player who scored to tie the game 2-2 with 8.6 seconds. We were headed to overtime.
In the overtime frame, lots of back and forth action saw no whistles during the entire five minutes. With both teams trading chances and no scoring, we were off to a shootout.
In the shootout, Kari Piiroinen was lights out, stopping all three 67s shots. The 67s netminder stopped the first two shots but it was Will Cuylle who went down and sniped it top corner to win the game for the Spitfires 3-2.
The Spitfires took all six points over the east weekend road trip and split the two-game series between the 67s.
The Spitfires’ next game is home at the WFCU Centre on Tuesday, Feb 18th versus the Sarnia Sting. Puck drops at 7:00 pm.