BARRIE -- The 67's won't know until tonight if Colts star Bryan Little will be in the Barrie lineup for Game 5. Little took a heavy hit from Lukas Kaspar early in the third period during Ottawa's 6-4 win at the Civic Centre on Friday in Game 4 and needed help to reach the dressing room.
Little flew back to Barrie with the team following the game.
The Colts said yesterday that Little, who has five goals in the series, had an "upper body injury" and a decision on his status would not be made until game time (6 p.m., Rogers 22).
"We're going to prepare for the game as if he were playing," said Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea, who will fly with the 67's to Barrie today.
"Our lines are going to stay the same no matter, and we'll just go about getting ready as if he were there."
It's doubtful Little will play, even with the Colts down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.
He had his head down when Kaspar skated through the slot and delivered a clean check with his shoulder to Little's helmet.
He lay on the ice for several minutes before being aided to the dressing room.
The Colts later acknowledged that Kaspar's check was legal.
Little scored a power-play goal in the first period, one of two goals the Colts got with a man advantage on Friday.
Kilrea said the 67's need to allow fewer chances while killing penalties, and would like to see his players stay out of the box tonight.
"(The Colts) are good on the power play and we're just giving them too many opportunities," said Kilrea. "We're also wearing out our guys who are killing the penalties all the time."
The Colts lost both games in Ottawa on controversial goals in the dying minutes.
Julian Talbot scored the winner on Friday with 1:24 remaining, but the Colts complained he directed the puck in with a leg.
On Wednesday, Mark Mancari scored with 18 seconds left after knocking down a shot with a stick at shoulder height before banging the puck into the net for the winning goal.
Barrie coach Marty Williamson said his team needs to make sure the series returns to Ottawa for a sixth game tomorrow.
"We played well at home, and we'll go back there and play well," he said following Friday's game.
"If we win in our building, then we'll lean on them a little bit because they'll know they have to win (in Ottawa) because they don't want to come back for a Game 7 in our building.
"Momentum can change fast in a series like this."