67's look to clinch, minus Reid

BARRE CAMPBELL, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

HIS leg may not be broken, but 67's defenceman Elgin Reid still won't be able to help his team try to clinch an Eastern Conference championship tonight against the Wolves in Sudbury. Reid sprained his left ankle and suffered bruising when he fell to the ice on Wednesday night during the second period after being clipped by a high stick.

His lip was cut and, as he fell to the ice in pain, his left leg jammed against the boards and he twisted his knee and ankle.

"It's still pretty sore, but hopefully we can put them away (tonight) and then get some rest," said Reid.

"It almost feels like I hyper-extended the knee, and I'm guessing there might be muscle or ligament damage. Hopefully it's nothing serious and it only takes a week or so to get better."

Reid was taken to the General campus of the Ottawa Hospital for X-rays after the game.

"It was an unfortunate thing," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "The stick came up and he wasn't tripping or anything. It was just a freak thing that happened."

The 67's won both games against the Wolves at the Civic Centre and took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"They're going to come out hard because it's their rink," said Kilrea. "The first period is going to be key ... we're going to have to play hard."

The Wolves are having trouble getting the puck behind goalie Danny Battochio, despite peppering the Ottawa net with shots.

Sudbury held the advantage in shots-on-goal in each of the first four games and has a 50-shot margin in those games.

"He's been doing a hell of a job for them, and you do get frustrated a little bit," said Sudbury rookie Nick Foligno. "But I think we're such a mentally tough team that we know if we stick with it, we're going to get past that."

If the 67's win tonight's game, they'd move ahead to the conference championship -- significant this year because the conference winner could advance to the Memorial Cup without having to take the league title.

The London Knights host next month's Memorial Cup and are expected to beat Kitchener in the Western Conference final. If that happens, the winner of the other conference gets a spot in the Cup.

IN THE CREASE: Kilrea liked what he saw from centre Brad Bonello on Wednesday. "He worked both ends of the rink and worked really hard," said the coach who credited Bonello for a faceoff win in the Ottawa zone that led to Mark Mancari's important breakaway goal at the end of the second ... With Reid out of action tonight, Kilrea could activate defencemen Brodie Beard or David Jarram.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com

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