|Ottawa 67's F Tyler Graovac (photo from icelevel.com)|
Graovac, the 191st pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, was named the #1 star Sunday night as the Ottawa 67's defeated the Barrie Colts 3-2 in Game 6 of their second round OHL series. He scored early in the second period to give the 67's a 3-0 lead on the road after crashing the net on a two-on-one. The Colts made it a game with two goals in a 5 minute stretch covering the end of the second and beginning of the third period but Ottawa held on for their second straight victory after going down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
The win forces a Game 7 Tuesday night in Ottawa with the winner facing the Niagara IceDogs for the OHL Eastern Conference championship.
Tyler's postseason run - the 6'4", 194 lbs center has 7 points (3 goals - 4 assists) in 12 games - is an improvement on a regular season where Graovac only had 27 points (8 goals - 19 assists). While it was an improvement over his draft year, the 7th round pick finished the year 9th on his team in scoring.
But that didn't matter Sunday because Graovac was #1.
You can see Graovac's goal here in almost standard definition from the Ontario Hockey League's website. It starts at around the 45 second mark.