67's take charge

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

At some point during the next couple of weeks, Sudbury mayor David Courtemanche might want to revoke the citizenship of 67's players Julian Talbot and Danny Battochio.

The two Sudbury boys have been outstanding for Ottawa during the playoff series against the Wolves, as they were last night during a 5-2 win in front of a sellout crowd of 9,862 at the Civic Centre.

Ottawa has control of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final with a 3-1 lead and can clinch the series tomorrow in Sudbury.

Talbot scored once and added two assists, as did linemate Chris Hulit. And Battochio continued his brilliant play, making 47 saves for the win.

Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea could only praise the Talbot, Hulit and rookie Jamie McGinn combination that also did well checking the Sudbury's top line of Nick Foligno, Benoit Pouliot and Bobby Chaumont.

"They're killing penalties, they're scoring goals, they play defence, they play against Sudbury's best line," he said.

"I think a lot of times their defensive play is overlooked, but there's no doubt that they're having a tremendous series."

QUIET PENALTY NIGHT

Fans expected a rough game last night following Monday's penalty-filled contest at the Civic Centre, but the teams stayed out of the box.

Referee Terry Hobor called five minor penalties through the opening two periods.

Ottawa winger Mark Mancari played in last night's game after missing the final seven minutes of Monday's contest after taking a sucker punch from Kyle Musselman.

The 67's got goals from rookies Arron Alphonso and Jamie McGinn to take a 2-0 lead.

Talbot made a great play on McGinn's goal.With Wolves defenceman Ryan Hastings covering him in the right corner, Talbot managed to complete a pass to McGinn who was left alone in front.

"I just saw (McGinn) driving to the net," said Talbot. "I didn't think I was going to get it to him, actually, but I just got enough power to get it to him and he buried it."

The Wolves got the goals back when Bobby Chaumont scored late in the first and Ryan McDonough got another in the opening minutes of the second. But Ottawa broke away when Talbot and Hulit took charge later in the period.

Hulit started the rally in the sixth minute of the middle period, hustling to get a loose puck in the right corner and passing to an unchecked Talbot in front, who beat goalie Patrick Ehelechner with a quick shot.

Then the duo combined during a penalty kill to score their team's most important goal.

They broke out on a 2-on-1, with Talbot carrying the puck down the left side. He held on for a while before feathering a pass across the slot to Hulit, who ripped a hard wrist shot past Ehelechner for his third shorthanded marker in as many games.

THIRD SHORTHANDED GOAL

"I don't think I've scored three shorthanded goals in my life, much less in one series," said Hulit, who grew up in the Soo and was a bitter rival of Talbot's playing minor hockey. "We're just playing sound defensively in our own end in order to get those chances. It's always good to get a break like that, especially in a game like this."

Mancari scored with seven seconds left in the period on a break to give Ottawa a three-goal lead.

Battochio had another strong game.

He stopped Jeff Christison in the second on a breakaway, and made another great save in the third by diving across the crease on a shot by St. Isidore native Benoit Pouliot.

"We've got to keep things simple. We've got to get more shots on net, I guess," said Wolves winger Nick Foligno. "(Battochio's) playing well for them and we just really look to find those openings on him. He's not giving us lots, so when we get those shots, we've got to make sure we bury them."


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