Spitfires win ugly shootout

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

WINDSOR -- A couple of years ago, when the Ottawa 67's visited the old barn that passes for the Windsor Building Centre, the game had to be cancelled because of a power failure.

It's a wonder it didn't happen again last night.

The goal lights were sucking up enough juice to even dim the lights across the river in the Motor City as the 67's were stunned in an 8-7 overtime loss against the Spitfires.

Ugly?

You bet.

Both teams played last night like defence was a four-letter word (and it wasn't "work").

BLEW SEVERAL LEADS

The 67's blew leads of 2-0, 5-2, 6-3 and 7-4 before Windsor's Cal O'Reilly broke in alone and beat Ottawa goaltender Danny Battochio for the winner at 1:49 of overtime.

The loss snapped the 67's five-game winning streak.

How do you explain a game like that?

"You can't," said Ottawa winger Mark Mancari, who had two goals and an assist last night.

"We went out and worked hard for a couple of minutes and then we took a couple of minutes off. You can't blame the goalies. Danny played unbelievable and so did Anthony (Guadagnolo)."

"I wouldn't have wanted to be a goalie on our team (last night)," said 67's coach and general manager Brian Kilrea.

"That was a tough night for our defence, but the forwards weren't backchecking and that led to a lot of outnumbered situations."

Unpredictable road trip

Something weird almost always happens when the 67's venture down here to the tip of Ontario to kick off their crazy, unpredictable, annual four-games-in-less-than-four-nights road swing.

Usually it's not anything good.

How about a 10-goal second period last night?

That started with the Spitfires tying the game 2-2 on a 5-on-3 power-play after the 67's had led 2-0.

Less than a minute after that, Ottawa's Jakub Petruzalek scored on a breakaway to make it 3-2 at 1:32.

Mancari made it 4-2 at 2:37 and Bryan Bickell made it 5-2 at 4:05 on the power play and that chased Windsor starting goaltender Brad Topping (enter Kyle Knechtel).

Deep breath for the crowd of 2,534, right?

But just 13 seconds after that, Windsor's Ryan Garlock made it 5-3. Ottawa's Jamie McGinn scored his first of the year at 10:11 to make it 6-3.

Windsor made it 6-4 just 27 seconds later and Kilrea lifted goaltender Battochio in favour of Guadagnolo.

Mancari, with a great play to lift the stick of O'Reilly, steal the puck and score, made it 7-4 at 13:47.

But the Spitfires came back with two more to cut Ottawa's lead to 7-6 before the second period was out.

Kilrea came back with Battochio to start the third and, on another breakdown in front of the net, the goalie was beaten by Tommy Mannino with his second of the night at 4:27 to tie it.

The 67's are in Plymouth to face the Whalers tonight.

THREE STARS

1. Cal O'Reilly, Windsor

2. David Lomas, Windsor

3. Mark Mancari, Ottawa


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