SAULT STE. MARIE -- Lukas Kaspar and Jakub Petruzalek, limited in their English-speaking abilities, came through perfectly clear yesterday: Give them room to work and they're going to be lethal.
Kaspar scored three times and Petruzalek added three assists as the Czech Republic imports led the 67's to their first victory of the season, a 7-4 triumph over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds yesterday at Sault Memorial Gardens.
"Not too bad," said Kaspar following the game. "It could be better. I think we will be better."
But as far as coach Brian Kilrea was concerned, the performance by Kaspar and Petruzalek was impressive enough.
"I think people are going to be in for a treat when they see them moving the puck around and what they can do with the puck and without the puck," said Kilrea.
"Even when they were killing penalties, they were doing a great job and they were good at both ends of the ice."
Kaspar, a first-round pick of the San Jose Sharks, got lucky on his first OHL goal.
On a power play in the first period, he fired the puck toward the net and it deflected off a Greyhounds defenceman before getting past goalie and fellow Czech Jakub Cech.
Kaspar celebrated with a little dance after the goal, a move that upset the Greyhounds and triggered a fight after the next faceoff between Brody Todd and the Soo's David Jarram.
Kaspar's other goals were more impressive, and he toned down the celebrations.
The second marker, scored shortly after the Greyhounds tied the contest with their second power-play goal of the game, came after Bryan Bickell set him up in the slot with a great pass from behind the net. Kaspar rifled a one-timer over Cech's glove into the top corner.
He completed the hat trick during the first minute of the second by converting on Petruzalek's pass to the slot.
"I think the other teams are going to start keying in on them," said Kilrea. "But they also used to key in on Corey Locke (last year's OHL scoring champion)."
The Greyhounds outshot the 67's 43-22, but goalie Danny Battochio put out another solid effort -- the way he did Friday night during a season-opening 3-1 loss in Sudbury.
Martin Tuma scored with 1:08 left in the second to bring the Greyhounds to within a goal, but Arnprior native and Senators draftee Will Colbert earned his team some breathing room with a power-play goal during the seventh minute of the third.
Bickell suffered a bruised right knee in the second and did not play the rest of the way.
POHL NETS WINNER: At Chicoutimi, Sam Roberts tied the game with 1:42 left in the third and Petr Pohl scored in overtime as the Olympiques won 3-2 in QMJHL action.