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Jr. Senators lose third straight in 2-1 loss to Colts

By: Davide Disipio

Cornwall, ON – The Ottawa Jr. Senators (21-15-2) hit the road for a Thursday night contest at the Ed Lumley Arena for the final time in 2019, to drop a tight 2-1 decision to the Cornwall Colts (13-22-2).

In a game of real domination and tough breaks, the Jr. Senators would score their lone goal in the first period courtesy of Ethan Mulhearn, who found the back of the net with a chip shot from the left circle over the shoulder of Colts starter Rico DiMatteo.

For Mulhearn, he continues a breakout season where he has surpassed his career-high in goals, with his 13th of the season, and third in his last four games.

After getting a 1-0 lead, the Jr. Senators found a lot of offensive opportunities but were not able to stop the hot hand of DiMatteo who made 38 stops for the victory.

Riley Brennan would tie it 24 seconds into the second period for the Colts, then the game-winner came courtesy of 16-year old Kobe Tallman with under five minutes to go in regulation.

The Jr. Senators penalty kill came up huge going 6-for-6 in the loss, but the powerplay went 0-for-6. The powerplay in the month of December now moves to 6-for-26, and 3-for-16 in the last four games.

With 1:23 to go in regulation, the Jr. Senators pulled goaltender Felix Schnell (Loss, 7-2-2), for the extra attacker, where Bailey Brant scored, but in an unfortunate situation, the Jr. Senators had seven players on the ice, meaning the goal was disallowed and were given a penalty.

After an offensive onslaught shorthanded, the Jr. Senators couldn’t bury the tying goal, suffering their third straight loss, and trail the season series against the Colts 3-1.

The Jr. Senators wrap up the first half with a home game against the Smiths Falls Bears at 7:40 from the Jim Durrell Recreation Complex, before returning on January 8th. Josh Primeau and Davide Disipio have the call on the Jr. Senators Broadcast Network at and on Hockey TV.