67's wrangle Colts

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:58 AM ET

The playoff series between the 67's and the Barrie Colts is turning into one where the team that gets the most "lucky bounces" will win. Julian Talbot spoke of that last night in the Ottawa dressing room, moments after he scored the winner with 1:24 remaining during a wild 6-4 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final at the Civic Centre.

The 67's have a chance to clinch the best-of-seven set tomorrow night in Barrie.

"We got the lucky bounces (last night), and it could have went either way," said Talbot.

The Colts could be without high-scoring forward Bryan Little for Game 5. The team's leading scorer with five goals this post-season was knocked out of the game after being hit cleanly by Lukas Kaspar early in the third.

The game appeared headed for overtime when Travis Fuller tied it 4-4 with three minutes left, putting a backhand rebound behind goalie Danny Battochio.

But moments later, Chris Hulit and Talbot stormed out of their own zone on a two-on-one break. Hulit ripped a slap shot that goalie Dan LaCosta stopped, but the rebound bounced right to Talbot, who directed the puck into the net.

The 67's and a sold out crowd of 9,862 went wild as LaCosta protested the puck was kicked in.

"It chipped off my leg, but I thought I tipped it in with my stick," said Talbot.

The replay showed Talbot making no intentional kicking motion to direct the puck toward the goal.

Barrie coach Marty Williamson had an different opinion.

"It's unbelievable that can happen to us twice here," he said, referring to last night's goal and the game-winner on Wednesday scored in the dying moments by Mark Mancari.

The Colts claimed Mancari knocked the puck down with a high stick before scoring on a rebound.

"It was a questionable high stick here on Wednesday night, and (last night) it doesn't even seem that questionable on the kick in," said Williamson.

"But there's nothing you can do about it. It's just a real bad break. Between that, and some of the other calls, it just doesn't seem there's any justice to what happened to us here."

With Will Colbert in the penalty box and LaCosta on the bench, the Colts desperately tried to tie it with the two-man advantage, but Hulit scored an empty-net goal with 18 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"It's exciting to win like that. It's exciting for the fans, and all the boys, it just gets us to play with more confidence," said Talbot. "It gives us the confidence to come through and win big games like this."

The 67's trailed 3-2 after the first period, but stormed back with goals from Brad Staubitz and Bryan Bickell in the second.

Bickell got the go-ahead goal during a power play with five minutes left in the period after getting a great set-up from Kaspar, who recorded his first point of the series.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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