Killer scouting for scorer

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

There will be a few familiar faces missing on the 67's bench tonight -- including coach and GM Brian Kilrea. While top scorers Jakub Petruzalek and Lukas Kaspar will miss three games this week after joining the Czech Republic for the world junior championship, Kilrea confirmed yesterday he won't be there, either.

Though Kilrea wouldn't say exactly where he was headed, he did confirm he's going to scout other OHL teams to see if there's anyone he can add to the club's struggling lineup.

That means assistant coach Bert O'Brien will take over the top job with help from Vince Mallette for the weekend in games against Belleville tonight (7:30) at home, tomorrow against the Colts in Barrie and Sunday at Mississauga.

"Well, I'm not going to try to make a move that makes us worse," Kilrea said with a laugh. "There are some teams that have indicated that they want to make some moves, so I'm going to go have a look.

LOOKING FOR SCORER

"I'm going to meet up with (67's scout) Joe Rowley and I'm going to see four games on the weekend. We'll see what happens. If I can find a way to help this club, then I'm going to make some moves."

Kilrea hasn't been happy with the 67's lack of scoring this season, so he'll be looking to add a goal scorer.

Besides being down Petruzalek and Kaspar for two weeks, the 67's will have to make do without Jamie McGinn and Matt Lahey, both of whom are off to the under-17 tournament in Lethbridge, Alta., on Boxing Day.

"What this means is some other guys are going to have to step it up," said Kilrea. "I look at our lineup and there are guys who we were counting on for more goals and we're already halfway through the season."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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