'Dogs dominate

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

Daniel Carcillo watched a couple of his teammates break free from the doghouse and wished he could only be so lucky.

Carcillo, who has been suspended for the rest of the Ontario Hockey League season, looked on yesterday as John Hecimovic and Patrick O'Sullivan scored two goals each to lead the Mississauga IceDogs to a 4-1 win against the Guelph Storm before 3,883 at the Hershey Centre.

Hecimovic and O'Sullivan, the IceDogs captain, were back in the lineup after being suspended for three games by coach Greg Gilbert for breaking curfew. Carcillo, who also broke curfew on Jan. 21, would have been similarly punished by Gilbert, but last week was suspended by the OHL for the final 23 games of the season for a cross-checking incident against the Sudbury Wolves.

"It's something I never want to go through again," said Carcillo, who was suspended for 15 games earlier this season for another stick infraction. "It's tough, especially when you know you can play and help the team. But I have to respect his (OHL commissioner David Branch) decision. I made a couple of mistakes and whatever the consequences are, I made my own bed and now I have to lie in it."

Hecimovic and O'Sullivan had no choice but to show up and do something yesterday. Given the fact the 'Dogs have been involved in a fight for the Eastern Conference lead -- they're three points behind the Brampton Battalion and have two games in hand -- the decision of Hecimovic, O'Sullivan and Carcillo to stay out late 10 days ago was further puzzling.

"Sully and I had to prove we were still on board," said Hecimovic, who was named the first star. "We hurt our team. We did something stupid and we had to reply by helping the team the best we could. I think we did that."

Ryan Card scored for Guelph, which is in last place in the Midwest Division at 17-22-9-1. Mississauga is 23-15-9-1.

Carcillo was suspended for two games while awaiting Branch's decision, making it 40 that he will have sat out this season. He will have to apply for re-instatement to the OHL to get a green light for the playoffs.

"It could happen and it might not," the native of King City said. "I might have played my last game in this league."


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