67's struggle Fronts to back

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

As part of Greek Day at the Civic Centre, 67's Czech-born sniper Jakub Petruzalek gave fans a language lesson using the word "defence."

"In Greek, it's pronounced 'Ah-meen-ah,' " Petruzalek said on the scoreboard video, which included a phonetic spelling.

Perhaps the rest of the 67's should have been paying attention.

Riding a three game winning streak, they played some very sloppy "Ah-meen-ah" and suffered for it, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Kingston Frontenacs in front of 8,372 fans.

ROOKIE'S 20TH GOAL

Frontenacs rookie Radek Smolenak's 20th goal of the season was the winner -- with an assist from Evan Kotsopoulos, fittingly -- at the seven-minute mark of the third period after a turnover in the Ottawa end created a 3-on-1 that became a 2-on-0.

Indeed, it was the theme of the day for the 67's. They also allowed goals to Anthony Stewart (who was left unchecked at the side of the net), Bobby Hughes (who was allowed to bang home his own rebound on a 2-on-1) and Chris Stewart (who snuck in behind the Ottawa defence and capitalized on another giveaway at the end of a Frontenacs penalty kill).

"We pass it to a guy who didn't get it out ... and everyone else just disappeared," 67's coach Brian Kilrea said of the winning goal. "When you have the puck, the first thing you do is get it out (of your zone). We didn't.

"I don't think our guys matched their desire level," added Kilrea. "Kingston outworked us."

Unforgivable, considering the Frontenacs had played (and won) in Belleville the previous night while the 67's were inactive.

Also, the loss represented a blown opportunity for Ottawa to move within five points of first-place Peterborough.

"Maybe our guys thought (the Fronts) were going to be tired," said Kilrea.

Smolenak's winner came just 1:46 after Bryan Bickell scored his 14th of the season, drilling in a slap shot from the slot, to tie the game early in the third.

The 67's haven't been able to figure out Kingston all season. They are now winless (0-3-1) in four tries, each time failing to score enough goals on Frontenacs goalie Dayne Davis, who faced a relatively quiet 42 shots yesterday.

GUADAGNOLO STARTED

Anthony Guadagnolo, making his second straight start as the fill-in for injured No. 1 goalie Danny Battachio, stopped 24-of-28 shots.

"It seems that whenever we play Kingston, we just let up on them," said 67's winger Jeremy Akeson, who scored twice and, but for an unco-operative puck, could have had about four more.

"We've got a bigger team, but they come out hitting from the start and get to us.

"We wanted that win pretty bad."


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