Ottawa, Ontario – The Ottawa Jr. Senators (17-8) broke the tie in the third and never looked back in a 6-3 win over the Kanata Lasers (14-12-3) on Wednesday night at the Jim Durrell Sports Complex.
Wednesday night’s contest between the Lasers and Jr. Sens featured a lot of scoring and two lead changes by Ottawa.
The Jr. Senators had a 3-2 lead heading into the third period and lost it for a second consecutive game against the Lasers. Luca Nocita tied the game 3-3 just over two minutes into the third period, scoring his second of the game. He walked into the zone, split Faisal Alsaif and dangled Joshua Ward out of his jock-strap for another highlight-reel goal.
Owen Cole gave Ottawa the lead, scoring his second of the game – walking right through the Kanata defense and notching yet another highlight-reel goal. They went onto score two more to edge the Lasers 6-3.
The last time the Jr. Senators and Lasers met was on November first. OJS once had a two goal lead before losing it in the third period, giving Martin Dagenais a familiar scene.
“We talked about it on the bench, but we were finally able to capitalize on power-play. After we made it 4-3 I thought we were in full control of the rest of the game. We’re going to need a lot better effort this weekend if we’re going to win some hockey games,” added Head Coach Martin Dagenais.
With the two-goals, Owen Cole ties Darcy Walsh for the league-lead in points with 33 this season.
“I thought his overall game was really good. Up front there was him and Boulerice and then there is the rest of the group,” said Dagenais. “They were the only guys upfront that truly played a good 60 minutes, the other guys were just following expect for maybe at the end. A lot of our guys were not good.”
“Every shift that Owen Cole is on the ice is 100%. He gives it his all and that’s why he’s been so successful.”
Faisal Alsaif says that the team regrouped really well after they lost the lead in the third period.
“That was a pretty bad one on me” said Alsaif on Nocita blowing past him for the tying goal. “We came out hard on the next shift and didn’t let them get the momentum going and we were able to get a couple after.”
Jr. Senators are back in action on Saturday night when they host the Cornwall Colts.