67's reach Beech

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

The 67's are getting good at making life miserable for opposition goalies during these playoffs.

They chased a starting netminder for the fourth time during the post-season -- and for the second time this series -- during a 6-2 win last night over the Wolves in front of 8,035 fans at the Civic Centre.

Ottawa leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final 2-1.

The game took a nasty turn in the final period when Sudbury's Kyle Musselman sucker-punched Ottawa's Mark Mancari, knocking the winger out of the game.

With seven minutes left in the third, Musselman slugged an unsuspecting Mancari at the Ottawa blue line, sending the 67's player to the ice.

Musselman received a roughing minor, a match penalty and could be suspended when the OHL reviews the incident.

Mancari talked in the dressing room after the game, appearing alert and okay, but said he didn't "feel too good."

He said Musselman asked him to fight in the Sudbury end, which Mancari declined because "it was too late in the game."

Then Musselman followed Mancari through the neutral zone.

"The next thing I knew, I was on the ground, sucker-punched from behind," he said.

Mancari said the incident reminded him of the NHL incident two years ago involving Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore.

"I don't know what the punch looks like," he said. "All I know is I felt it and I was down."

The incident overshadowed one of Ottawa's better offensive efforts of the playoffs.

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Wolves coach Mike Foligno made two changes to his goaltending before the night was complete, hooking starter Kevin Beech in the second before putting him back in net during the third.

Ottawa broke open a 1-1 game in the second period, scoring three times in less than four minutes.

The first two -- by Chris Hulit and Jakub Petruzalek -- came against Beech, who was summoned to the end of his team's bench and replaced by Patrick Ehelechner.

"I thought we sat back a little bit too much and allowed too much room, especially against a guy like Hulit who's got a great shot," said Foligno. "But at the same time, I felt our goalie was a little too deep in the goal."

Ottawa struck again against new goalie Ehelechner, when Lukas Kaspar got his third goal of the playoffs.

"We know we can score," said winger Brad Bonello. "We had seven 20-goal scorers in the regular season, and we know if we get the puck in a certain position, we can put it in the net."

Meanwhile, Ottawa got the usual solid performance from goalie Danny Battochio, who made 36 saves.

Early on, it looked like Sudbury was going to give Ottawa a tough go.

The Wolves attacked in the first minute and cashed in when Bobby Chaumont scored 39 seconds after the opening faceoff.

But the 67's responded three minutes later on a power-play goal from captain Will Colbert.

ON THE AIR: Rogers Television 22 announced it will broadcast Game 5 of the series live from Sudbury on Friday, and will also air Game 7 from Sudbury, if necessary, next Monday. The first two games of the series were not broadcast in Ottawa because the cable station in Sudbury does not carry Wolves games.


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