Battochio blocks out Game 5

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:16 PM ET

Danny Battochio doesn't think much about Friday's lopsided playoff loss to the Wolves in Sudbury. He believes it's best he and his teammates flush that one down the toilet and play better when the series resumes this afternoon at the Civic Centre.

"It has to be forgotten. If not, then we're in very big trouble," said the Ottawa goalie after the 6-2 loss in Game 5 in Sudbury.

The 67's hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final and are looking to stage a repeat of the opening-round victory against the Barrie Colts.

In that series, Ottawa lost after a poor effort in Barrie in Game 5, only to rebound at home in the next game to clinch the series.

"We tried to forget what we did against Barrie in their rink in Game 5," said Battochio. "We learned our lesson. We'll go back to our rink and we've got to do the job there."

If they don't, the 67's will fly back to the Nickel City tomorrow night for a seventh and deciding game against a team that would have momentum, and would be playing in front of a boisterous home crowd.

STORTINI CONFIDENT

The Sudbury fans who jammed into the arena on Friday night were loud and became a factor early in the game, as the Wolves seemed to get a lift from the support.

"We believe in ourselves, first of all. And I think our fans believe in us a tremendous amount," said Sudbury captain Zack Stortini, who scored once and added two assists on Friday.

"I think going into Game 6, we're going to be fired up and we'll be prepared to win."

The Wolves scored four times on 23 shots in the opening period, prompting Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea to switch goalies for the first time in the playoffs.

Anthony Guadagnolo played in goal for the 67's during a scoreless second period, but Battochio returned for the third.

PLEADING THE FIFTH

Just like after the fifth game against Barrie, Battochio appealed to his team to pick up its play in front of him after Friday's game in Sudbury.

"They were all over us," he said. "They were en route for another 60-shot game. We finally put our heads back on our bodies in the second and (Anthony) went in there and helped us out. We just can't do that."

Wolves coach Mike Foligno said his players got a confidence boost from scoring six times against Battochio, who had been virtually unbeatable in the first four games.

"The volume of shots we've been getting over the course of the series are starting to pay dividends for us."

Stortini spoke of that confidence following Friday's game.

"We feel great. We're confident each and every night, and we're confident we can win," he said.

"It doesn't matter where we play or when we play, we're confident we can win any time."

NO ... AND YES: Asked if the lifetime suspension to W Kyle Musselman provided motivation for his team before Friday's game, Foligno initially said it wasn't a factor. But later, he suggested it was. "It's something we'll always keep in the back of our minds," said Foligno on Friday. "These players play hard for each other. One soldier may fall, but the rest of the soldiers are going to keep carrying on, and these guys were real troopers (Friday night)."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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