Colts banking on goaltender switch

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

BARRIE -- Francois Thuot started in net for the Colts on Thursday, but he won't be doing the same tonight in Game 2. The 19-year-old OHL rookie allowed two bad goals during Ottawa's 5-4 win in the series opener.

Colts coach Marty Williamson is going with third-year veteran goalie Dan LaCosta tonight.

"The bottom line is you've got to get performances (in the playoffs), and we didn't get it," said Williamson. "We're going to make a change and see if Dan can do the job."

Thuot can't be blamed for all of Ottawa's goals in Game 1, but he gave up two softies; one to Brad Bonello in the first period, the other to Bryan Bickell in the third ended up being the game-winner.

Bonello scored on a long shot from just inside the blueline. The puck got through the goalie's pads and trickled across the goal line into the net. On Bickell's goal, the puck got through on the short side, even though the shooter aimed from a sharp angle.

"I wasn't assuming it was going to go in, but I gave it a chance to get a goal," said Bickell who played left wing on a line with Jakub Petruzalek and Lukas Kaspar. "Thank God it went in," he said. "It was a pretty bad angle, but it happens."

After Bickell's goal, Williamson replaced Thuot with LaCosta, who will be looking for his first win against Ottawa this season.

LaCosta started against the 67's three times during the regular year and he lost each one, once with Owen Sound in November before being traded to Barrie. The other two came as a member of the Colts.

During those games, Ottawa scored 14 times against him.

On March 4 at the Civic Centre, LaCosta allowed four goals on 16 shots before being yanked in favour of Thuot during a 6-3 Ottawa win.

"We've got good confidence in Dan," said Williamson. "He's an experienced goalie in the league.

"But (our goaltending) is a weakness and they exposed it and we've got to shore it up."

A SURPRISE VISIT: Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea got a thrill seeing Armand "Bep" Guidolin, who dropped by yesterday's practice. Guidolin played in the NHL from 1942-52 with Boston, Detroit and Chicago and later played semi-pro for the Ottawa Senators in the Quebec senior league. He coached Kilrea with the junior Ottawa Montagnards in the 1950s and later joined the Boston Bruins in 1972 as coach of a team that included Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito. Guidolin, who turns 80 in December, was born in Thorold but now lives in Barrie.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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