Recap | F/OT Ottawa West 4, Renfrew 3
The Ottawa West Golden Knights were able to avoid the 3rd period comeback from Renfrew Timberwolves as they were able to get much needed two points at the Ma-te-way Arena to win their second straight game.
It’s the second Overtime win this season. Their last OT Win came on October 21st against the Carleton Place Jr B Canadians.
Ottawa West were able to draw the first penalty of the game and went to work on the power play 11 minutes into the hockey game. Cameron Scrivens was able tip the puck near the crease from a shot by Timlin that scored the first goal this game. Mulvihill picked up the secondary assists. It was the lone goal going to the second period.
In the first 10 minutes in the second period, Renfrew was able to generate some great opportunities in front of Cameron Iob but he shut the door and was outstanding for the first 40 minutes of this game – making key saves at the right time.
“Cameron knew he had this circled on his calendar because if his friend Alex Paquette passing away” mentioned Groulx. He’s got a lot of friends & family from his town. He knew tonight it was special, but tonight was special to watch him to go into his own zone and was composed” said the Ottawa West assistant coach.
Golden Knights would go to their second power play of the game and proved to be a dandy as Franco Gagnon ripped a shot glove side on Brumm after a great cross ice pass from Cameron Scrivens near the right circle to take a 2-0 lead.
“We worked on the Power Play in practice. The two goals were just moving the puck so fast that the Penalty Killers could not catch up” explained Groulx. “Before we were hanging on to it and allowing the other team to set up but tonight they left open lanes and we were taking advantage.”
Golden Knights would score 1:05 later from a great interception from Justin Jamer for a 3 on 1 with the finish from Tristian Taillefer scoring his 3rd goal since joining the club making it 3-0 going to the 3rd.
“We expected a lot of things with Jamer noted Groulx. Even as a 16-year-old with a big body and with lots of skill. He has his ups and downs this year, we talked to him a couple of games ago and let him know that he can be much better and he has been” said Groulx.
The first 5 minutes of the 3rd period wasn’t the start that Ottawa West was hoping for. They turned the puck over in their defensive territory leading to a shorthanded goal from Hein to cut the lead to 3-1. Golden Knights would take a penalty with 1:45 into the period, it would turnout to be McIntyre on a Power Play marker that cut the lead to one goal.
Renfrew took two penalties which led to Ottawa West to go on a 5 on 3 Power Play for the first time this game. Despite the good cycle work they were not able to capitalize. Ottawa West went 2 for 6 on the night.
Renfrew would send out the extra Attacker with a minute to go and Ottawa West couldn’t put them away. Jack Rouleau was able to deflect the point shot from Fulton to tie things up to send to Overtime with the Golden Knights unable close out a game once again.
“Its something that we have had all year. We have trouble closing out games, especially on the road. Credit to Renfrew there a pesky club they had a lot of energy and weren’t going down easily. We have to find ways to close out games and to give teams no hope.” said Groulx.
Golden Knights were able to go home happy, 47 seconds into Overtime Raphael Lecours does it again scoring the OT Winner. He scored his last OT Goal in Carleton Place back on October 21st.
“We brought Raff in the start of the year to score big goals, big time player plus big-time moments. Puck was out at the blue line, striped someone, pro play getting the puck down on its flat and just a pro release through the wikids.” beamed Groulx.
The Golden Knights next games goes Sunday January 21st against the Casselman Vikings. They have now won 2 straight games and will look to surpass Embrun in the Martin Division Standings on Sunday.
Mason Detre, Ottawa West Golden Knights (@MDetre95)