By: Josh Primeau
Kanata, ON – The Ottawa Junior Senators come away with a 4-2 victory Thursday night over the high flying offensive Kanata Lasers.
Kanata opended the scoring early in the second period, after a very uneventful first frame. Ryan Park put the Lasers up 1-0 just 37 seconds into the period. He made a nice move to get around his man to slide it past Landsberger.
Ottawa would answer however with three straight Power-Play goals. Ranvir Gill-Shane got it started for OJS as he picked up his 5th of the year. Ottawa would then get a 5 minute major power-play which they were able to score two goals on. David Bérubé picked up his 8th of the year, which was then quickly followed by Conor Smart scoring his 6th of the year.
After the Kanata 5 minute major, and a collision with Kanata goalie JP Tourigny, the game would become very physical and chippy. Conor Smart would pick up a goalie interference penalty, after he was pushed into the net by Larabie, and Tourigny was forced to leave the game with an injury. Bailey Brant and Trevor Poeze also mixed it up and they drew offsetting roughing calls.
Austin Paul would then pick up his 7th of the year shortly before the end of the period at the 18:13 mark.
OJS then opened the 3rd period with Mackenzie White picking up his 2nd goal of the year, and his first goal in 20 games, to extend his point streak to five games, and gave the Junior Sens the 4-2 lead.
Drama then ensued late in the third as Ottawa would call on Bryan Landsberger and the PK as Kanata was awarded a full two minute 5-3. Kanata had their top PP unit out there, and they were snapping it around, but thanks to multiple blocked shots from Eftimovski and Alsaif, as well as a number of saves by Bryan Landsberger, Ottawa would kill off the two man advantage, and hang on for the win.
Landsberger picks up his 6th win of the season for OJS while Ottawa picks up their 16th win on the year.
Next game for OJS is a Saturday night home game, as the Kemptville 73s will roll into town for a 7:40 puck drop. You can catch the game on Hockey TV, as well as on mixlr.com/ojsradio. Mason Detre will have the call with Matt Wilson.