67's survive home Attack

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

67's 4, Attack 3 Asked to describe his weekend, Danny Battochio summed it up in one word.

"Awesome," said the 67's goalie.

Actually, it was perfect.

The 67's aren't guaranteed a spot in the difficult OHL Eastern Conference playoff race yet, but their chances are looking a lot better after they pulled off their third straight victory with a 4-3 decision over the Owen Sound Attack yesterday.

Julian Talbot, Jakub Petruzalek, Will Colbert and Jamie McGinn scored for Ottawa.

"That might be our longest winning streak of the season. We're playing pretty well and we're doing well as a team," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea, standing in the hallway at the Civic Centre with a victory cigar in his mouth.

For 40 minutes, the 67's looked like they were suffering the effects of a long Saturday. Down 3-1, Ottawa came to life in the third period and it was enough to push the Attack aside as Battochio put in a strong effort.

"The big thing for us right now is confidence," said Kilrea. "When you're struggling and not putting the puck in the net, it can sometimes be tough to find a way to get things going. That hasn't always been the case.

"We're missing guys and we've been getting guys who have stepped up for us and contributed. We've got all our lines going and Battochio was excellent (yesterday). He gives up a fourth goal when we're down 3-1 and we're in trouble."

Battochio, who made 27 saves, was just happy to get the victory.

The 67's were without Mark Mancari (suspension) and Jeremy Akeson (hand), while Robbie Lawrance left in the first after feeling lightheaded following a fight and Elgin Reid may have broken his thumb.

"We need the wins. We know that we're in a tough race right now. I just think the guys really dug down deep here to get this win. This is what we need. We can't afford any losses and it feels good," said Battochio.

"We've got a bunch of guys here who are willing to pay the price. We're really fighting right now to get into the playoffs and for position. We've got a lot of character on this team and guys have really stepped it up."

Kilrea said the 67's will find out tomorrow if the appeal they made on a double-game misconduct that Mancari received Friday against the Petes. Commissioner David Branch and league official Ted Baker are looking at the game film and make a decision today.

"It carries two games, but we're going to have to see where it goes," said Kilrea.

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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