Killer will grudgingly accept shootouts

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:23 PM ET

Brian Kilrea considers himself a traditionalist, so he'll grudgingly accept shootouts to decide tie games in the OHL. Under current rules, tie games after regulation in regular-season games in the Canadian Hockey League go to a five-minute sudden-death overtime period.

But the three presidents of the junior leagues will meet at the Memorial Cup in London to discuss replacing overtime with shootouts.

It's likely to be adopted because many owners, hockey people and fans are pushing for it.

But the 67's coach isn't among those doing cartwheels.

"I'm one of the old-fashioned guys and I've always been that way," said the 70-year-old member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Kilrea admits that fans will likely enjoy the thrill of the shootout, but believes it's unfair that a team that might have outworked another could lose a game in such a manner.

"If it's going to make a better atmosphere for the fans, then we'll find out.

"But if I had my choice, no. But it's not my choice and we'll just see.

"I know that people like it and it's intriguing and everything else," added Kilrea. "But for me, when you start deciding games with the best shooters, I don't know. That has nothing to do with the overall game.

"We didn't have any gimmicks in my day. That was a long time ago."

CJHL AWARDS: Jason Walters of the Pembroke Lumber Kings won the CJHL scoring title, and yesterday he was rewarded when he was named MVP at the league's annual awards banquet.

Walters scored 26 goals and had 99 points to lead the league in scoring.

Among other notable award winners: Rookie of the year, Matt Marquardt of the Brockville Braves; coach of the year, Chris Byrne of the Nepean Raiders; executive of the year, Kevin Abrams of the Kings; and graduating player of the year, Brennan Sarazin of the Raiders.

EOJBHL UPDATE: Westport has a chance to win its Rideau Division final against Gananoque tonight. The Rideaus won 5-2 on Friday to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. In the St. Lawrence final, Kemptville visits Alexandria this afternoon with a 3-2 advantage in that series. In the Valley final, Perth downed Carleton Place 3-1 on Friday to take a 2-1 lead with Game 4 on Tuesday in Carleton Place. In the Metro final, the Ottawa West Golden Knights had a 3-0 series lead against the South Ottawa Canadians heading into last night's game.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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