The Ottawa 67s hope to have their star goalie back as they try to even up the Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference Finals tonight.
The 67s are behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven series after a 5-2 defeat Monday night at home against the Niagara IceDogs. The loss was capped off by a unique circumstance — a goal scored by IceDogs goalie Mark Visentin.
Ottawa goalie Petr Mrazek, who also starred for the Czech Republic the World Junior Hockey Championships this year, missed game three with a bad bout of the flu.
Backup goalie Michael Nishi played well in Mrazek’s absence, stopping 31 of 35 shots, but the team hopes Mrazek can return.
The 67s also discovered Tuesday they will have to continue their playoff run minus their captain, defenceman Marc Zanetti. Zanetti was suspended for the remainder of the playoffs for kicking the head of an IceDogs player in game one.
That means the 20-year-old's Ontario Hockey League career is over. This was his last season because he has exceeded the age restriction.
Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the J. Benson Cartage Centre.