By: Dante De Caria, Ottawa West Golden Knights Broadcaster
Ottawa, Ontario – The Ottawa West Golden Knights (6-4-1) gave the Ottawa Canadians (14-1) their first loss of the season after a 4-1 victory on Thursday night at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena.
It was one of the most entertaining games of the season as both teams showed their speed and energy on the ice. The cross-town rivalry was in full form.
Goaltending was also on full display as the Golden Knights Miguel Daoust (38 saves) and the Canadians Ryan Whitehurst (33 saves) made some big saves in the game.
Ottawa West got off to a hot start in the second period – taking a 2-0 lead after Max Bush and Stef Mellios potted in big goals. Later on OJC’s Nicholas Seguin scored to put the Canadians within one.
The Golden Knights got their two-goal lead back when Marco Haw forced a turnover at centre which resulted in a breakaway and a 3-1 Ottawa West lead heading into the third period.
Sean Kearns made the gap to wide for a Canadians comeback when he split the defense and tapped in a backhander for the Golden Knights second breakaway goal of the game and a 4-1 lead.
Penalty killing was a key component to the Golden Knights win as they held OJC to just one goal on the man-advantage in six opportunities.
Ottawa West extends their home winning streak to three games with the win. The squads next game is Thursday November 1st when they host the Whitewater Kings at 7:15.