OTTAWA ᠆ A great season could come to a disappointing end Sunday when the Ottawa 67's face elimination in Guelph.
A 4-3 loss to the Guelph Storm Friday night at TD Place puts Guelph up 3-2 in the best-of-seven OHL championship.
Ottawa scored the game's first goal but then saw Guelph take over the game for most of the next 40 minutes before Ottawa made a big push in the third.
Gueph bent, but they didn't break, hanging on for the win despite Ottawa buzzing around the Guelph zone for much of the final two minutes of the game.
Guelph led 2-1 after one and 4-2 after two.
"It's pretty easy to play desperate hockey because you have no choice. We have to play that way from the beginning," said Ottawa overager Tye Felhaber.
What proved to be the winning goal came off the stick of Nate Schnarr at 12:39 of the second period.
Schnarr made a nice play to chip the puck past a pinching Ottawa defenceman in the Guelph zone, then raced up the ice to create a two-on-one break with Liam Hawel.
Schnarr bolted to the net and Hawel fed a perfect pass for him to redirect past Ottawa goalkeeper Cedrick Andree.
That made it 4-2 at the time.
Felhaber's goal midway through the third narrowed the margin to one goal, then the Storm ground it out down the stretch.
Anthony Popovich was big when he had to be in the Storm net, with Ottawa outshooting Guelph 31-29.
Ottawa coach André Tourigny said there are no surprises at this stage of the game. It's about will and execution.
He cited a bad pinch by a defenceman and a blown assignment on a face off as examples of mistakes that cost his team.
"We fought hard. We showed a lot of character. We showed in the third period what kind of hockey we're capable of," Tourigny said.
"We know what they do. They know exactly what we do. We need to do it better than them," the Ottawa coach said.
"At this time and point Guelph and Ottawa are two really good teams. We need to win more battles."