Sports Roundup: 67’s playoff run ended by Battalion
ABOVE: Jack Beck of the 67's helped tie things up, forcing the game against North Bay into overtime. (PHOTO: Robert Lefebvre)
Your weekly round-up of sports in Ottawa for April 25 – May 1, 2022.
A pair of 3-2 losses ended the 67’s season in its first-round playoff series against the North Bay Battalion. The series shifted to Ottawa after opening in North Bay, where the favoured Battalion took a 2-0 series lead. North Bay took a 2-0 lead late into the third period of game three before a pair of late goals from Jack Beck, and Cameron Tolnai tied the game with under two minutes remaining. Less than five minutes into overtime, Brandon Coe capitalized on a chance to notch his third goal of the series and give North Bay a stranglehold on the series.
After going down 1-0 early in game four, goals from Luca Pinelli and Vinzenz Rohrer gave Ottawa a lead heading into the third period. Avery Winslow tied the game for North Bay, who would take the lead back five minutes later from a Mitchell Russell goal. The 67’s were unable to equalize, resulting in a 4-0 series win for North Bay.
The 67’s attention shifted quickly to the 2022 Under-18 Priority Selection draft. Ottawa selected a pair of Toronto-area defensemen in the first round, Henry Mews (7th overall) and Frank Marrelli (21st overall). Caden Kelly (39th overall) was the first forward selected by the 67’s in the second round. The club selected four goaltenders in the draft, with John Parsons (70th overall) being the first selected. Caton Ryan (90th overall) was the 67’s lone local draft pick, spending the season with the Carleton Place Canadiens U18 AAA team before becoming a fifth-round draft pick.
The Carleton Ravens announced several end-of-season award winners. Men’s basketball’s Lloyd Pandi added to his list of accolades, earning Men’s Athlete of the Year honours. The Ottawa-native was named U Sports MVP for the 2021-22 season and has declared for the NBA Draft. Women’s rugby’s Vanessa Chiappetta was named Women’s Athlete of the Year after posting seven tries on route to earning an RSEQ bronze medal. Taffe Charles was named Coach of the Year after leading men’s basketball to a third-consecutive national championship and the second during his tenure. It is Charles’ fourth time winning the award, after earning three as coach of the women’s program. A full list of award winners is available on goravens.ca.
The Ottawa Titans opened spring training on April 28th, ahead of its inaugural season in the Frontier League. Ottawa will open the season on the road with a three-game series against the Joliet Slammers starting May 13th.
The Titans added a pair of players through the Frontier League Draft, left-handed pitcher Kenny Williams and Canadian right-handed pitcher Scott Gillespie. The team also signed four players – Canadian outfielder Tyler Duncan, left-handed pitcher Grant Larson, infielder Jackie Urbaez, and right-handed pitcher Jarod Sprinkle.