Photo / Article by: Dante De Caria
Smiths Falls, Ontario – Geoff Dempster scored the go-ahead goal with six seconds left in the third period, and the Ottawa Jr. Senators (32-13-3) captured a 4-3 win over the Smiths Falls Bears (20-16-10) on Friday night at the Smiths Falls Memorial Center.
With time winding down on the clock, Geoff Dempster deflected in Noah Rowe’s shot from the point for his 18th of the season and the winner. Dempster now has four game-winning-goals this season and seven points over his last six games.
Five and half minutes earlier, the Bears tied it. Grant Rinckle popped in a juicy rebound in front of Francis Boisvert for his fifth of the season.
Ottawa snaps their two game losing-streak. It was the Jr. Senators longest losing-streak since the September Showcase when they went 0-3.
Ottawa had three of the four different lead changes in the game. Tate Leeson opened the scoring for the Bears midway through the first period, and Ottawa bounced back with two straight goals after a couple clean passing plays.
The Jr. Senators outshot the Bears 29-25 in the win but were outshot 14-6 in the third period. Ottawa wins the season series 4-1 and improve to 39-27-1 against Smiths Falls since the 2006 season.
After another one goal win against Smiths Falls, six of the last seven meetings against Smiths Falls have been decided by one goal. Ottawa’s only win against them decided by more than one goal was a 4-0 win against November.
Darcy Walsh (1G/1A), Elie Boulerice (1G/1A), Geoff Dempster (1G/1A), Kyle Jackson (2A) and Chris Piche (2A) each tallied multi-point games on Friday.
Ottawa is right back in action tonight, Saturday February 2nd against the Kemptville 73’s at home. Puck drop is at 7:30. You can catch the broadcast on Hockey TV or mixlr.com/ojsradio.