67's eye split with Bulls

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

The stakes will be considerable when the 67's host the Belleville Bulls tonight.

To start with, the winner will take over sole possession of second place in the OHL's East Division, as the two teams are deadlocked in the standings following Ottawa's 2-1 loss in Belleville Wednesday night.

Secondly, the 67's will be looking to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak before taking their abysmal (7-14-3-1) road record to Kitchener (tomorrow) and Brampton (Sunday).

The Rangers have lost just 5-of-23 games at home this season, while the Battalion has dropped only 4-of-24 in its barn.

"Those aren't the easiest rinks to play in," 67's goalie Anthony Guadagnolo admitted yesterday. "We definitely want to take the two points (tonight)."

SPEZZA SUPERB

Guadagnolo will have added incentive when he heads to the crease this evening. On Wednesday, he was pulled by coach Brian Kilrea at the 6:54 mark of the first period after allowing two goals on nine shots.

Rookie Matthew Spezza came on in relief and was superb in stopping all 28 shots he faced.

Kilrea will give Spezza his first start in Kitchener.

"The chance to get right back at (the Bulls) is the best part ... a chance for revenge is what every guy in the dressing room will be thinking about," said Guadagnolo, who took over the team's No. 1 duties when Danny Battochio suffered a shoulder injury a couple of weeks ago. "I'm not used to being in a situation where I'm playing three times a week, but I'm learning."

The 67's were without defenceman Brodie Beard (shoulder) and forwards Jeremy Akeson (Achilles), Pat Ouellette (mono) and Matt Lahey (head) on Wednesday, with Akeson probably the only one with a chance of returning this weekend.


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