Battochio abandoned in Barrie

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

BARRIE -- Danny Battochio is doing his part to help the 67's win their opening-round playoff series against the Colts.

Now the goalie is hoping for a better effort from everybody else to clinch the series in Game 6 tonight at home.

The Colts outhustled the 67's last night during a 3-2 win in Game 5 of the best-of-seven conference quarter-final at the Barrie Molson Centre.

"They had us (last night)," said Battochio, who made 34 saves in another solid performance.

"They were all over us, basically from the drop of the puck, even though we scored first. They outshot us and it just looked like they wanted it more than we did."

LITTLE OUT FOR COLTS

Ottawa had the Colts on the ropes, leading 2-1 after the first OHL playoff goals for Czechs Jakub Petruzalek and Lukas Kaspar.

But the Colts, missing top scorer Bryan Little to injury, tied it halfway through the second on a goal by Hunter Tremblay after the 67's failed to score on their fourth power-play chance of the game.

Then Barrie got the winner early in the third from Rob Hisey, who scored his fifth of the series.

Hisey made a move on the right side to get around defenceman Will Colbert, skated in front of the net and held onto the puck long enough for Battochio to sprawl before sliding it into the net.

Ottawa scored in the dying minutes to get the winning goals in both games at the Civic Centre last week, and pressed for the tying goal last night in the final moments.

But Julian Talbot hit the post with five minutes left, and rookie Jamie McGinn had a great chance moments later but also hit the bar.

"We did have a couple of chances, but we weren't good around the net," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea. "We weren't sharp and, on the whole, they outworked us."

Petruzalek scored in the second minute against Colts starting goalie Dan LaCosta and Kaspar got a break on his goal late in the first, firing a wrist shot through the goalie's pads from close range.

Barrie coach Marty Williamson removed LaCosta and replaced him with OHL rookie Francois Thuot, who didn't allow a goal the rest of the way on 25 shots.

LaCosta told Williamson that he hurt a finger during pre-game warm-up.

THUOT TO START

Thuot will probably start tonight at the Civic Centre.

"Francis did a great job," said Williamson. "He went in there and that's what he's done during the year for us. He looked way more confident than he did in Game 1.

"I guess we'll tell him he's starting when we get to Ottawa."

Little, who suffered a concussion Friday during Game 4 in Ottawa following a hit from Kaspar, watched last night's game from the press box and said he probably won't play tonight.

The Colts won't take any chances with the health of Little, the OHL's top rookie last season.

Williamson said Little might play if the Colts win tonight and force a seventh game tomorrow in Barrie.

BRIEFLY: If Ottawa wins tonight, it will face the winner of the Brampton vs. Sudbury series in the conference semi-final ... Talbot and B.J. Crombeen scrapped after the final buzzer.


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