By: Davide Disipio
Kanata, ON – The Ottawa Jr. Senators (21-14-2) had their mini two-game win streak snapped by the surging Kanata Lasers (17-12-5), falling on the road 4-3.
In a dominant first period by the Jr. Senators, they were only able to muster one goal on Lasers starter J-P Tourigny, as Conor Smart wired home his ninth of the year and second goal in his last three games to have his club up one after one.
The Lasers came out flying in the second period scoring four goals courtesy of Julian Recine, Dylan McMahon, Paul Larabie, and Alan Njima on only eight second period shots to have a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Jr. Senators took the momentum of their penalty kill which went 4-for-5 in the hockey game to their advantage in the third with under eight to play, Maxime Blanchard blasted his fifth of the season to give his team some life in the late going.
After more dominance by the Jr. Senators, Mackenzie White redirected a Bailey Brant shot past Tourigny to make the game 4-3 with just over five minutes to play.
For White, he tallied his fourth of the season and first in 12 games, while also putting together his first three-point game of the season.
After the Lasers killed off a penalty with under two minutes to go, the Jr. Senators had a ton of traffic in front of the net, where it appeared a shot from Blanchard went off the inside bar and right back out of the net, to have it waived off by the officials t preserve the Lasers win.
The Jr. Senators fired 53 shots on goal, while Bryan Landsberger made 20 saves on 24 Lasers shots.
Jr. Senators return to the ice, with three games to go in the first half when the Hawkesbury Hawks come to town for a 7:20 faceoff on Wednesday at the Jim Durrell Recreation Complex on mixlr.com/ojsradio and Hockey TV.
The team expects to have both Head Coach Martin Dagenais and Defenceman Tucker McIntosh back, after falling in double overtime, 2-1 to the Russians at the World Jr. A Challenge to claim the silver medal.