For those who may not be aware, there has been a rivalry between two teams who play across the borders of two different provinces, and when they play each other, their place in the standings doesn’t matter. The Ottawa 67s and The Gatineau Olympiques are less than 20 km apart, but never see each other in League play throughout the season.
The Alexandra Cup, or as it’s more popularly known: The Battle of the Ottawa River lets the fans settle their bet’s on which team is the best in the Ottawa region. This two-legged series with the first game hosted in Gatineau and the second in Ottawa’s TD Place, and counts for regular-season points as well for both teams in their respective leagues.
The first game in Gatineau was a spirited affair where top-ranked prospect Marco Rossi and elite goaltender Cedric Andree stole the show. The Ottawa 67s defeated the Gatineau Olympics 4-0 in a thoroughly dominant performance. Marco Rossi got an assist to make it 50 points in 22 games, which is truly an impressive feat for the Austrian. Andree has also been consistent all season long and delivered tonight with a remarkable 32 save shutout. The consistency in net has been vital for the 67s this season with Andree’s 2.48 GAA being the second-lowest in the league through the season thus far.
Newcomer Joseph Garreffa in the first game of the series extended his point streak to ten games, and Noel Hoefenmayer extends his hot streak scoring the game-winner and further solidifying his league lead for defenceman points with 36 points in 28 games.
The 2nd game in Ottawa:
It wouldn’t be a real throwback rivalry game in Junior Hockey without an ice-issue at the end of the first-period sending the teams to the locker room early while the excellent staff at Lansdowne sought to solve the issue. On the ice, Gatineau came out with hard energy and heavy press after being blown out on home ice and scored early to take the lead in the first. The Ottawa 67s responded with veteran Mitch Hoelscher tying the game in the second, and it quickly became a game of attrition. A Gatineau powerplay saw David Aebischer ping one of the crossbar but the game stayed tied midway into the third period.
A five on three powerplay for the Ottawa 67s spelt disaster for Gatineau, as Noel Hoefenmayer blasted a one-timer past Creed Jones to give Ottawa a two to one lead in their home rink with nine minutes left in the third. A visibly frustrated Gatineau committed three penalties in five minutes, creating space for the star-powered Ottawa offence. Ottawa sensing blood scored another on the powerplay with Keating tapping in a Rossi cross-ice pass to make it 3-1.
Overall, the Ottawa 67s win the two-game series 9-1 on Aggregate and take home the Alexandra cup for the second season in a row. Rossi’s and Garreffa’s point streak continues to make it eleven straight games, and Hoefenmayer continues to extend his scoring lead. The Ottawa 67s OHL season continues when the Barrie Colts visit TD place on the 14th of December, followed up by a game against the Niagra Icedogs the night after.