He's right on the Mark

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

Mark Mancari felt ill last night.

He was sick with a cold and was tired. But that didn't stop Mancari from doing what he's made a habit of this month -- being in the right place at the right time.

Mancari continued the trend for the 67's, scoring with 19.7 seconds remaining to give Ottawa a 3-2 win over the Barrie Colts in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarter-final in front of 5,908 at the Civic Centre.

Ottawa leads the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is tomorrow night at the Civic Centre (7:30 p.m.).

Mancari, who scored six goals against the Colts during the regular season, got the winner by tipping a point shot by Brad Staubitz with his stick at shoulder height toward Barrie goalie Dan LaCosta.

The puck hit the goalie in the skates and he lost sight of it, then Mancari banged in the rebound.

"In the playoffs, anything can happen," said Mancari. "Both teams worked extremely hard, and it was a bounce here or there for who was going to win this game."

Colts coach Marty Williamson hollered a referee Scott Oakman following the goal, claiming it should have been waved off because Mancari redirected the puck with a high stick. But Oakman ignored the coach's pleas.

The 67's scored a power-play goal earlier in the game after a controversial call against forward Bryan Little. After the second-year forward scored in the first during a power play to tie the game at 1-1, he took a high stick in the mouth from Julian Talbot. Little retaliated with a spear to Talbot's stomach and received a slashing penalty, but no call was made against the 67's player.

Rookie Jamie McGinn scored on the following power play, redirecting a shot by Staubitz into the net.

It was suggested to Williamson that most of the officiating calls last night went against the Colts.

"You tend to find that in this building," he replied. "You don't get any breaks in here. That's why it's a tough building coming into. Referees don't like nine million people yelling at them.

"It's a lively crowd and we just didn't get any breaks that way."

Little held no grudge against Oakman. "I'm not going to sit here and blame it on the referees," he said. "At points in the game, I thought they outplayed us and when they outplayed us, they usually scored on their chances."

Ottawa had a sluggish effort in the offensive zone during a 4-1 loss in Game 2 Saturday in Barrie, but came out firing last night.

Captain Will Colbert scored 18 seconds in, floating a puck from the right point past a screened LaCosta.

After Little tied it and McGinn put the 67's ahead, the goalies at both ends, including Ottawa's Danny Battochio, made great saves to keep it close. "That's just common practice for Danny," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "He just goes out and plays great, and hopefully everybody else does, too."

After a scoreless second period, the Colts pressed for the equalizer and were turned away by Battochio until Little got his fourth of the series with seven minutes to go.

Screaming Eagles 4, Olympiques 1 -- At Sydney, N.S., Samuel Beland scored twice in the third period to help Cape Breton stay alive in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. Vladmir Kubus and Dean Ouellet also scored for Cape Breton. Keven Petit had the lone goal for Gatineau. The Olympiques still hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, which resumes tomorrow night at the Robert Guertin Centre (7:35 p.m.).


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