67's lay untimely egg

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:08 PM ET

BARRIE -- Colts 4, 67's 1

Series tied 1-1 An irate Brian Kilrea stormed out of the Barrie Molson Centre and boarded the team bus moments after his team lost 4-1 to the Colts in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final last night.

The series is tied 1-1 heading to Ottawa for Game 1 on Wednesday night.

The 67's coach/GM would not come out to speak with reporters.

When one got on the bus, Kilrea made it clear he wouldn't be talking.

"I'd either be suspended, fined or (bleepin') fired," he hollered.

Later, he returned to the dressing room and spoke more calmly.

Kilrea thought his team's forwards did a poor job getting any pressure in the Barrie end.

His frustration boiled over late in the second period, when his team had a 5-on-3 power play for the final four minutes, trailing 2-1, but barely got any chances.

The best opportunities, in fact, went to the Colts, but goalie Danny Battochio stopped them.

"I can't tell you who my best forward was. That's the how bad the situation was tonight," said Kilrea.

Later, he said last night's loss upset him more than any other this year.

"I've seen a lot of losses, but when a game's there for the taking, if you get the effort and the work that you expect in a playoff game, and it doesn't come forth, then it's disappointing," he said.

Czech imports Lukas Kaspar and Jakub Petruzalek were among Kilrea's targets.

The Colts scored early in the third period when Petruzalek and Kaspar floated back on a break, allowing Travis Fuller to score on a nice feed from Rob Hisey for the insurance goal.

Kilrea moved Bryan Bickell off that line and put him with Mark Mancari and Brad Bonello, and benched the Czechs.

Petruzalek said he thought the line had a good game, but had that bad shift in the third.

"We had just one shift," he said. "We need probably more shots and more scoring chances for (us) to get the goals. That's probably the reason we lose this game."

Ottawa's only goal came in the first when Chris Hulit worked hard in front of the net to dig the puck loose, and Julian Talbot swooped in to bang it past goalie Dan LaCosta to tie the game at 1-1.

Hunter Tremblay gave the Colts a 2-1 lead with a power play goal later in the period.

Fuller's goal gave Barrie some insurance, and B.J. Crombeen scored into an empty net in the final minute.

"We just came in and grouped and just worried about defence," said Fuller who played minor hockey for the Ottawa Valley Titans. "Our main focus was not to go down 2-0 going to Ottawa because they have so many fans.

"We just want to build on the momentum and just build on what we did tonight."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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