He's right at home

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

The Eastern Conference semi-final between the 67's and the Sudbury Wolves is shaping up as a battle between home-town heroes.

On the Ottawa side, there's goalie Danny Battochio, a Sudbury native, who delivered outstanding performances during the 67's six-game quarter-final victory over the Barrie Colts.

And for the Wolves, it's winger Benoit Pouliot, who grew up in St. Isidore and played part of last season with the CJHL's Hawkesbury Hawks.

Pouliot, ranked second behind Sidney Crosby among draft prospects playing in North America, scored the winning goal in double OT on Monday to eliminate the Brampton Battalion in six games.

Battochio spent many hours in old but venerable Sudbury Arena as a kid, hoping one day to play there for an OHL team.

"I'm going to have more fun with this, more than anything," said Battochio yesterday about competing in playoff hockey for the 67's in his home town.

"I know a couple of guys on that team, and I've got a lot of family and friends that are there who have followed me all year from up there.

"They might be looking forward to this more than I am," he said.

Battochio's grandfather once worked as a trainer for the Wolves.

"We've always been attached to that barn in some sort of way as a family," said Battochio.

"It's going to be exciting to go back. For me, it's going to be like we're starting playoffs all over again."

The 67's leave this afternoon and will travel to the Nickel City for the series opener tomorrow night.

It continues for a fitting Saturday night game in Sudbury before switching to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4 on Monday and Wednesday.

Goaltending was the main factor in Ottawa's conference quarter-final win over Barrie.

Battochio's superb performances led to the series win.

"Like I said before the start of the playoffs, I'm not going to change anything," said Battochio. "I go into every game the same way as the first game of the regular season."

67'S VS. WOLVES

(Ottawa vs. Sudbury)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

SEMI-FINAL

Thursday -- at Sudbury, 7:30

Saturday -- at Sudbury, 7:30

Monday -- at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Wed., April 13 -- at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

x-Fri., April 15 -- at Sudbury, 7:30 p.m.

x-Sun., April 17 -- at Ottawa, 2 p.m.

x-Mon., April 18 -- at Sudbury, 7:30

(x-if necessary)

All games on Team 1200; home games on Rogers TV.


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