Ottawa, Ontario – The Ottawa West Golden Knights (18-4-2) 12 game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night against the Ottawa Jr. Canadians (17-3-3) by a final score of 3-1 at the Earl Armstrong Arena.
The Ottawa West Golden Knights were missing key players out of the lineup during this game. Jack Haymes was held out of the lineup due to school commitments, Sam Edwards was suspended for two games after a check from behind game misconduct against Renfrew last week, Ryan Carroll still remains injured with no timetable on his return and Russell Jean-Pierre was a healthy scratch.
Antonio Silenu received the pass from Janick Lacroix down low and one-timed it top corner to give the Canadians the first goal of the game which came on a delayed penalty to Adam Watson for a potential boarding minor in the first period.
Ever since the first goal, there wasn’t any goals until the third period. Ric Shin was able to feed Bobby Dempster at the middle point to shoot it on net and Michael Gallivan was able to clean up the garbage for his 14th goal of the season to tie the game.
Golden Knights would go on a power play after a tripping penalty was called against Maxime Lacroix with 6:34 left in regulation. It was the best chances on the man advantage for Ottawa West and one of the chances that they had to take the lead was a one-timer from Michael Gallivan, and was robbed by OJC goaltender Conor Corrigan who made 35 stops on the night.
In the final minutes of play in regulation, Nic Seguin backhanded the puck through two Golden Knights defenders to Brent Pledge-Dickson, who tried to play it with his stick. Unfortunately for him, it went over the stick, then through his legs at the crease and in the back of the net which gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead.
Janick Lacroix would seal the deal by hitting the empty netter for the Canadians third goal. Ottawa West still sits first place in the Martin Division and in the league standings with 38 points while the Ottawa Jr. Canadians sit second place in the division and league standings with 37 points after Tuesday’s game.
Overall, the Ottawa West Golden Knights weren’t driving to the net hard for rebounds throughout the first 40 minutes. But in the last 20 minutes, I thought they played really great hockey by attacking the net more. They out-shot the Ottawa Canadians 36-27. Power-play was 0-for-3 and only took one penalty in the game. Despite Pledge-Dickson’s misplay of the puck on the game winner, he played a terrific game by making 24 saves.
Next game goes Thursday night inside the Barbara Ann Scott Arena when they take on the more improved Char-Lan Rebels as their record is over .500 for the first time this season. You can catch the broadcast on mixlr.com/owgkradio or Hockey TV. Davide Disipio will have the call alongside Mason Detre.