I went to watch a game between Ottawa 67’s and Niagara IceDogs at TD Place, Ottawa. The arena was filled with fans and players’ families who were proudly wearing their shirts. It was surely nice to see so much support.
The arena was full of anticipation, flashing lights and electronic music. The Ottawa 67’s Dance & Cheer Team were welcoming the players to the ice.
It was an action packed evening. Niagaras IceDogs’ Mitchell Fitzmorris pushed Ottawa 67’s Travis Barron by the board so hard that it caused the safety class to break dramatically. I saw only a tip of this impact: glass flying upwards on the air and a huge bam. This collision was shown also on the screen which was illustrating the full action.
The breaks between were filled with casual hockey entertainment, playful competitions on ice and also shooting t-shirts to the audience.The fans were having a good time with each other while enjoying the food and many beverages that could be bought at the arena. Their service was fast and friendly. Popcorn, drinks and ice cream were available also by the staff members who came by while the game was on.
The intensive game had some unsportsmanlike activities that resulted penalties. Players in both teams seemed to be living in the moment. The puck was passed from player to player so fast that I had full work to keep up with at times.
I pointed out the flexibility of the Niagara IceDogs goalkeeper Brent Moran. His 360 turns in front of the net were impressive. He was not afraid to step forward. From Ottawa 67’s team I followed Alex Lintuniemi. This defense player was the right man to do his job, but also to attack when needed. He checked players solidly along the boards.
The stars of the game were Dante Salituro (OTT 96), Travis Konecny (OTT, 17) and Erik Bradford (OTT, 18). Ottawa 67’s beat the IceDogs with the score board of 4-3.
As a souvenir from this memorable night I got a limited edition collector coin. The level of play will surely make me attend another Ottawa 67’s game in the future.