Tie isn't a win for hungry 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:48 PM ET

67's 3, Petes 3 THE 67's talked about being robbed, while the Petes spoke of justice being served.

It was a physical and entertaining contest from the start between Ottawa and Peterborough last night, a tilt that ended up in a controversial 3-3 tie before 9,862 at the Civic Centre.

But the 67's weren't happy with the result, claiming they scored a goal late in the third that referee Joe Park refused to allow.

It happened with seven minutes left when Mark Mancari took a pass from Brad Bonello across centre ice while killing a penalty, and ripped a shot past goalie Eero Kilpelainen.

The puck went into the net underneath the crossbar and bounced back out, but the goal judge did not illuminate the red light.

Mancari threw his arms in the air to celebrate, but play continued for a few moments before Park stopped play.

A TV replay clearly showed the puck going in.

But video replays don't determine disputed goals in the OHL, only the referee and linesmen do, in consultation with a goal judge, with the ref getting the final decision.

GOAL DISALLOWED

After a few minutes, Park ruled that Mancari's shot was not a goal. Park explained to Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea that the judge didn't see the puck enter the net. Kilrea was also told that neither linesman nor Park could determine if it went in.

"I think everybody in this room feels that we got robbed," said 67's goalie Danny Battochio, who made 39 saves.

But the Petes had a different take.

Peterborough coach Dick Todd said his bench was in an uproar when Mancari took the shot because he was offside.

Todd was correct. The replay clearly showed Bonello a couple of feet behind the blue line when he passed to Mancari, who was a foot over the centre red line.

"It was clearly offside so, in the end, justice prevailed and there was no harm, no foul," said Todd.

The tie moved Ottawa to 74 points in the OHL Eastern Conference standings, but the 67's dropped to sixth, one point behind the Sudbury Wolves and the Barrie Colts after the Wolves beat Belleville last night.

Ottawa needs a win at home tomorrow against Kingston and must get help from other teams against the Wolves and Colts to obtain fourth place and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs that begin next week.

The 67's got a good start last night when Bonello scored on a power play to open the scoring.

But they lost winger Chris Hulit with four minutes left in the first after his ejection for elbowing Patrick Kaleta in the head along the boards in the Peterborough zone.

Kilrea fumed about the call when it was made, and still seethed about it later.

"(Park) said there was blood, but there were no stitches required for the nasty cut he supposedly saw," said Kilrea.

"No stitches. Whether the helmet did nick something, I don't know, but (Kaleta) certainly didn't have treatment for any cut."

TWO MEN DOWN

Ottawa played the final four minutes of the period killing a two-man disadvantage after Park called Bonello for slashing, and Brad Staubitz later for a cross check.

They nearly killed the penalties, but Liam Reddox scored with less than one second left, his second goal of the period.

The 67's took the lead on power play goals in the second from Jakub Petruzalek, during a two-man advantage, and Staubitz.

But rookie Daniel Ryder got a shorthanded goal later to tie it.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com.


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