Steelheads 6, 67’s 4
(Mississauga leads best-of-seven series 3-1)
The Ottawa 67’s go into Friday night’s game in Mississauga in survival mode, needing a win to stay alive in their OHL playoff series with the Steelheads.
They also go in without their captain Travis Barron, victim of what looked like a cheapshot. With the Steelheads up 4-1, tempers flared with 1:14 left in the second period. It looked like Barron, who drew an instigating minor to go along with a fighting major and game misconduct, was sucker punched or eye gouged while on the ice — something right out of the WWE bad-guy playbook, minus the tables, ladders and chairs. Barron had to be helped off the ice with an “upper-body” injury and won’t play Friday. Also unlikely to play are Ottawa’s Ryan Orbin and Kyle Auger.
No question who the better team was at The Arena at TD Place. With a 6-4 win, the Steelheads go into Game 5 with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven OHL playoff series. But it was the one they got away with that had 67’s coach Jeff Brown steaming.
“There are a lot of things I’m not happy about,” said Brown. “But there are a lot of things I can’t talk about. I can’t comment. I don’t want to get fined.”
Asked about Barron’s status, Brown said: “It’s not good … it’s pretty bad, you saw it.”
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