67's, Bulls light it up

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

67's 6, Bulls 6

The 67's put on their own display of Friday Night Lights last night.

What goal-scoring problems?

Even without top scorers Jakub Petruzalek and Lukas Kaspar in the lineup, putting the puck in the net was the least of the 67's worries in a 6-6 tie with the Belleville Bulls in front of 9,011 at the Civic Centre.

Mark Mancari led the attack with a four-point game, Chris Hulit had three points and Nick Van Herpt and Brody Todd scored, but if 67's coach and Brian Kilrea had been around he wouldn't have been happy.

For that matter, neither was 67's assistant coach Bert O'Brien, who is filling in while Kilrea is on a scouting mission this weekend looking for scoring help.

After last night's game vs. the Bulls, the 67's might want to reassess: They surrendered five leads and three power-play goals.

"We were missing two key guys and it was good to see other guys step up," said O'Brien. "I just thought we gave up way too many chances and defensively there were so many turnovers. Obviously, we've got to play with more discipline to be successful."

It didn't help that 67's goalie Danny Battochio struggled and was pulled only 4:38 into the second period after allowing four goals on 17 shots.

A weak five-hole effort by Belleville's Cody Thornton was the last straw for O'Brien, who sent in backup goalie Anthony Guadagnolo for the rest of the night.

But, with Petruzalek and Kaspar getting ready to play for the Czech Republic at the world junior championship, the 67's needed somebody else to step up and Mancari contributed with a "Gordie Howe" hat trick -- a goal, assist and a fight.

A HOWE FOR MANCARI

"That's the first Gordie Howe I've had in my career," said Mancari. "I just thought that guy (Bobby Davey) was taking liberties with Brad Bonello and I felt I had to step in. I'm willing to do that. I haven't had a great first half and I thought this was a good weekend to try to step it up and contribute more."

NOTEBOOK: The 67's play tonight in Barrie at 7:30 and tomorrow in Mississauga at 2 p.m. before their Christmas break begins. Ottawa returns to action on Dec. 28, when it will play host to the Oshawa Generals at 7 p.m. ... The Bulls lost Fs Andrew Maksym and Cody Thornton to injury last night. Thornton had to be helped off the ice after a collision along the boards.

Olympiques 4, Foreurs 2 -- Francis Wathier had three assists and Guillaume Labrecque had a goal and an assist last night to lead Gatineau to a QMJHL victory over Val-d'Or. Brett Morrison and Cam Fergus scored to give the Olympiques a 2-0 lead after the first period, and Maxime Rousseau -- with his first goal of the season -- added an insurance marker with less than five minutes remaining in the third period. Gatineau's next game is tomorrow in Lewiston.


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