Wolves bite back

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

SUDBURY -- The Wolves haven't lost their bite yet. And that message came through loud and clear at Sudbury Community Arena last night. "We still have the upper hand. We're going home, but I think it's a reality check for everybody right now to see that they are a pretty good team," said Ottawa winger Brad Bonello after the Wolves pasted the 67's 6-2 in front of 5,722 boisterous fans.

Ottawa leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final 3-2, with Game 6 tomorrow (2 p.m.) at the Civic Centre.

"They worked hard, they had lots of opportunities," said Bonello. "We're going to have to take a step back, look at the drawing board and take it from there."

The Wolves came out firing and dominated the 67's in the opening period, just hours after learning about the lifetime OHL suspension to defenceman Kyle Musselman and a $10,000 fine against the team for the player's sucker punch on Ottawa's Mark Mancari in Game 3 on Monday at the Civic Centre.

Sudbury scored four unanswered goals in the first period -- two on the power play -- and outshot Ottawa 23-5 in the opening frame.

"Kyle's a big part of our team and he's done a lot of things for the guys in our room," said Sudbury forward Bobby Chaumont. "I think how the league handled that situation was a little harsh, and we wanted to step up for Kyle Musselman.

"He's a great guy and a great person, and everyone stepped it up (last) night for sure."

Danny Battochio, the Sudbury native who had shone in every minute of the playoffs in net for Ottawa, gave way for Anthony Guadagnolo in the second period, but returned to the game at the start of the third.

The Wolves got rolling halfway through the first, moments after killing a penalty, when rookie Nick Foligno stripped the puck from Bonello in front and backhanded the puck through Battochio's pads.

"We can't having people just cough it up in the middle," said Battochio. "We made errors on every goal, coughing it up in our end. Stuff like that, we can't have that happen."

Wolves captain Zack Stortini and rookie Ryan Crouch scored power-play goals, while Ryan Hastings also got a goal in the first for Sudbury.

"We finally got to Battochio," said Sudbury coach Mike Foligno.

"He's stopped almost 200 shots already and we want to make sure we keep firing pucks at him."

Ottawa did narrow the deficit to a pair of goals. Jakub Petruzalek scored near the end of the second, tipping a Brad Staubitz shot behind goalie Kevin Beech.

Then Bonello scored on a penalty shot, awarded by referee Carman Cox, early in the third, after a Sudbury player closed a hand on the puck in the crease.

But Chaumont scored his sixth goal of the playoffs in the 14th minute of the period and Mike Mills finished the scoring with two minutes left.

IN THE CREASE: D Brodie Beard returned to the lineup last night, taking the spot of D Elgin Reid, who suffered an ankle sprain in Ottawa on Wednesday. Reid, on crutches last night, won't play in Game 6.

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