67's on road to recovery

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

KINGSTON -- The 67's didn't need much of an effort yesterday against the Frontenacs to improve on Friday's awful display at home.

But following a disappointing 5-1 loss to Brampton three days ago, the 67's hit the ice looking like a different team in earning a 5-2 victory over the Frontenacs -- Ottawa's first win in five tries this season against its East Division rivals.

"On Friday, we looked dead, but (yesterday) we looked like we wanted to be here," said goalie Anthony Guadagnolo, who relieved starter Matthew Spezza in the third period. "We knew how important the game was and we brought it to them."

Many of the Ottawa players were outstanding, but a few stood out.

Forward Mark Mancari scored a great goal in the second period after a heads-up pass from rookie James McGinn, who sent the veteran in on a partial break with a feed from his own zone.

SHUT DOWN STEWART

Rookie defenceman Derek Joslin made a couple of great plays in his own zone to bust up Kingston scoring chances and worked well to neutralize world junior star Anthony Stewart, who was held off the scoresheet.

And Guadagnolo was impressive in making 17 saves through the last 16 minutes after taking over for Spezza, who allowed the Frontenacs to tie it with two quick goals from Bobby Bolt and Todd Griffith in a 70-second span.

"After they tied it up in the third, we were all looking at each other on the bench and were saying that this was our game and that we had to win," said Mancari, who gave the 67's a 2-0 lead after Jakub Petruzalek opened the scoring with the only goal of the first.

67's coach/GM Brian Kilrea emphasized he didn't make the goalie change because he felt Spezza played poorly.

"(The Frontenacs) seemed to be getting a head of steam going," said Kilrea. "I thought I would slow it down a touch, make the change and take the time to let the guys compose themselves."

Bryan Bickell scored the go-ahead goal -- his first of two on the night -- with a deadly accurate shot just shy of the five-minute mark, and five minutes later, Brad Bonello regained the two-goal advantage after beating Davis on a deke.

"We were really high-intensity," said Guadagnolo, "and that's what we need to beat a team like that."


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