Bonello turns up heat on Petes

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:24 PM ET

67's 4, Petes 0

Brad Bonello, the Ottawa 67's own Little Ball of Hate (that's a term of endearment for a hockey player, by the way), burned brightly last night.

The spunky overager was right in the middle of the 67's 4-0 win over the Peterborough Petes, a team that gave up on Bonello at the beginning of this season.

Two goals for Bonello, his 19th and 20th of the season (the first to spark what had been a struggling power play).

A scrap at the end of the second period in front of a soldout (9,862) Civic Centre. Not a bad night's work in what might have been the biggest win of the year, huh?

"I think he wanted to show them his 'A' game," said 67's coach and general manager Brian Kilrea. "I think he can be better offensively than he's shown. He's got a lot of talent.

"It was the kind of game he likes, a game with an edge."

Maybe too much of an edge as winger Mark Mancari picked up a pair of game misconducts after a Bonello fight at the end of the second period. Mancari could be suspended for up to four games but it's expected the 67's will appeal it.

The win, backed up by Danny Battochio's first shutout of the year, allowed the 67's to pull within three points of the East Division-leading Petes and the Brampton Battalion for the conference lead.

It was just the 67's second win against the Petes this season in seven tries (2-4-1).

"Getting a couple of goals was sweet, but the victory was No. 1," said Bonello. "It was just a bonus for myself to help get the win. "It's satisfying to contribute in a big game we needed to win to stay in the hunt for first place."

The 67's also got goals from Bryan Bickell (his 21st, on the power play, as well) and Jamie VanderVeeken (his eighth).

The 67's power-play, which had been nothing short of awful for the last half-dozen games or so (0-for-29 before getting a goal against Oshawa Thursday night; 15th in the 20-team league), came through for the only goal of the first period when Bonello tapped one in from the edge of the crease.

Bonello's second of the night came early in the third after some nice work by linemate Mancari.

The second period ended with some fireworks to brighten up what had been a pretty quiet affair to that point. With the 67's up 3-0, Peterborough's Trevor Hendrikx cross-checked Bonello in the back behind the Peterborough net just after Bonello missed a shot at his third goal of the night.

There was no call from referee Ryan Carroll and when the period ended, Bonello went after Hendrikx and the two fought while Mancari got jumped by Jamie Tardif.

It led to 54 minutes in penalties with Tardif and Mancari getting the boot.

Mancari picked up a pair of game misconducts (one for third man in), resulting in his suspension.

"(The Petes) beat us a couple of times when we've gotten close so maybe this is a break-through win," said Kilrea. "Everybody came to play."

BUTTENDS: 67's D Brad Staubitz was back in the lineup last night after missing Thursday night's game in Oshawa with a suspected hand injury ... The 67's host the Owen Sound Attack tomorrow at 2 p.m.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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