Unfinished business

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Greg Gilbert has every intention of fulfilling his contract as coach of the Mississauga IceDogs next season.

"I have another year left and I have not talked to anybody regarding anything else," Gilbert said. "As far as I am concerned. I'm back here next year. Sooner or later you have to start rebuilding and that's probably what we're going to face."

There has been speculation, and it's nothing more than that, that Gilbert would leave the IceDogs, possibly to coach the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies. Gilbert, a Mississauga native, has done a fine job in two seasons with the IceDogs after ex-coach Steve Ludzik brought some respect to the organization.

What will bother Gilbert for the next while will be his club's unwillingness to get its noses dirty against the St. Michael's Majors, which sent the IceDogs scrambling for tee-off times yesterday. His club was eliminated in five games and Gilbert was bothered by the IceDogs' lack of discipline at times -- they gave the Majors 10 power plays yesterday -- and its apparent acceptance of playing on the perimeter.

"We got outworked all series," forward Cody Bass said. "We didn't show up to play a couple of games and it hurt us in the end. I think we had some passengers."

It was the last OHL game for IceDogs overages John Hecimovic, Tom Zanoski and Anthony Butera. Captain Patrick O'Sullivan and defenceman Kyle Quincey probably will play in the minors next season.

O'Sullivan, who was held to a quiet four assists in the series, was unhappy with the outcome yesterday but is proud he hung on through the IceDogs' dark days.

"I've played four years for one junior team and not a lot of people do that," O'Sullivan, who could play in Europe next season if the NHL lockout continues. "I was here when we won (11) games and I've seen it become a place people want to play. It's something I will cherish, my (junior) career with one team."

OULAHEN OUT

It's highly unlikely the Brampton Battalion will have captain Ryan Oulahen for Game 6 of its series tonight against the Sudbury Wolves. Oulahen had his bell rung when he was checked by the Wolves' Zack Stortini in Game 5.


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