MacTavish in white from Ottawa 67, hold out to beat Petes

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BY DON CAMPBELL, special for the sun

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Mason McTavish knows what colors he will use next.

What the Carp native doesn’t know is which jersey he will wear over his head when he returns from the junior world championship.

With trade rumors swirling like snow outside, the third overall pick in last summer’s NHL draft played his fourth and probably last game as Peterborough Pete this season in a rare Wednesday night contest in the Arena at TD Place. .

And the Ottawa 67 did what no team has done since returning from the Anaheim Ducks four games ago by keeping McTavish off the roster, while their own Thomas Johnston stole the show with his first hat trick in his game. career in a valiant 4-2 win in front of a crowd of 1,796, some of whom opened to toss their hats after Johnston completed his three-goal night.

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With the game tied at 2-2, Johnston recorded his second match of the game at 9:04, then capped off his big night with the game winner at 15:32 in the power play.

As for McTavish, sometime between the gold medal game on January 5 and the Ontario Hockey League trade deadline five days later, and with plenty of input from the Anaheim Ducks selecting McTavish, the bet is that the prospect of the award could find a landing place in the Western Conference, with the London Knights always as a possible destination.

McTavish is leaving for Team Canada camp on Thursday and once that is over, his belongings may be shipped to a new address.

His tenure by Petes even ended early, 38.9 seconds earlier, when he was handed a boarding major for a hit over Johnston with the clock running low.

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Realistically, the Petes are eighth in the Eastern Conference and they’re not going anywhere, even with their star back and despite scoring five goals in their first three games.

The package Peterborough would get in exchange is almost unimaginable and could set the franchise on track for a return to the rightful contender for years to come.

As for the 67s, if the 67s are going to get the boat right, the pre-New Year portion of the calendar might be the time to do so, and by snapping a four-game losing streak, they’ve started off on the right foot.

The 67 play five of their next seven before Jan. 1 at home, including two with the Kingston Frontenacs that will not feature star Shane Wright, who will be representing Canada at the World Junior Championships for 67 head coach Dave. Cameron.

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In fact, Cameron left for Calgary on Tuesday to prepare for the selection field before the arrival of most of the players on Thursday.

In his absence, the head coach’s reigns were left in the capable hands of Norm Milley, the two-time 50-goal scorer with the Sudbury Wolves, who joined the 67 as an assistant prior to the 2017-18 season.

The 67 continue with home games on Friday night against the Oshawa Generals and Saturday afternoon at 2 against the Frontenacs.

At 67, GM James Boyd is also lacking on the track, as he handles the same tasks with the Canadian Junior Team.

That didn’t stop Boyd from trying to strengthen his core team, adding former Kanata Laser and Soo Greyhound Alex Johnston, a 20-year-old center from Stittsville.

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Johnston, who had a 12-goal season as an 18-year-old at OHL, played two games this fall with the Nanaimo Clippers in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, scoring a goal and an assist before answering the call to return home. . .

He should add depth in the middle and much-needed experience with two full seasons in the league after being selected in the sixth round (118 overall) by the Greyhounds in the Ottawa Valley Titans’ 2017 OHL Draft.

Johnston also ranks second of three overruns for 67, although teammate Adam Varga, 20, is out of the lineup due to injury.

“Alex is a hard-working and competitive player with experience in the Ontario Hockey League,” said a busy Boyd. “His addition will provide stability and maturity to our lineup.”

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Against the Petes, the 67 _ still without top scorer Jack Beck _ dominated the first 20 minutes and scored the only goal on a short effort by Thomas Johnston at 8:02, sent on a breakaway from Ranvir Gill-Shane.

That lead held for more than 24 minutes before L’Original native Samuel Mayer, who is always good at increasing attendance at TD Place, scored his sixth of the season 12:50 in the second. Mayer, a burly defender who continues to grow, has scored half of his goals against 67, all at TD Place.

Mayer was Petes ‘first-round pick (15th overall) in 2020 and might be Petes’ best defense selected outside of the Ottawa area since Slater Koekkoek, or even Luke Richardson.

Petes JR Avon and award-winning rookie Brady Stonehouse traded power play goals early in the third before Johnston got to work. Avon then added a late goal to close things out.

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