Brian Kilrea has a message for the OHL: Lay off his team.
While the 67's coach and GM was pleased to see his club take care of business yesterday with a 5-2 win over the St. Mike's Majors, Kilrea was seeing red after his club was forced to kill off nine power plays.
That, coupled with 10 power-play opportunities for the Petes in a 4-1 over Ottawa on Saturday, left Kilrea with one of the most-penalized teams in the OHL.
"You get frustrated when you have so many penalties called against you," said Kilrea, who stopped referee Carman Cox in the hallway to have a short chat as the teams went to the dressing room following the game.
"I made a mistake when I said that we wanted to have a team that was aggressive, tough and took care of business. It looks to me like the league took note of it and we're getting all kinds of penalties.
"I'm going to tell my players not to be aggressive and not to be tough. Maybe that way, we won't get so many penalties."
Between penalty kills, the 67's got a two-goal effort from Mark Mancari, while Julian Talbot, Lukas Kaspar and Jeremy Akeson chipped in with a goal apiece.
67's goalie Anthony Guadagnolo, who stopped 35 shots, was the club's best penalty killer when the Majors had 5-on-3 power plays in the first and third periods.
"We were able to take care of those two 5-on-3s and that really helped," said Guadagnolo. "We played a solid game. We bounced back after things didn't go our way in Peterborough and that's important."
Meanwhile, on the trade front, Kilrea -- who has brought in six new players in five deals this season -- said he doesn't expect to make any more moves by today's OHL trade deadline.
"You never want to rule anything out, but I'm not really looking for anything," said Kilrea.
NOTABLE: San Jose GM Doug Wilson was in town yesterday to check out some of the Sharks' prospects and watch his son Doug Jr. play for the Dallas entry at the Gatineau Kiwanis International Midget Tournament.