Re-Pete performance

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

The 67's are brimming with confidence as they head westward to Peterborough tonight.

"We know we can play with the best teams in this league, and we're showing that right now," 67's captain Will Colbert said of his team, which holds a 2-0 lead in the OHL Eastern Conference final.

But they don't want to be too comfortable about it.

That's what coach Brian Kilrea told his team yesterday morning at the Civic Centre, when the 67's practised following Saturday night's solid 3-0 home-ice win in Game 2.

"I just let them know they're only as good as their work ethic and that (Saturday) night is over," said Kilrea.

His players' efforts in Game 2 delighted Kilrea, who called it one of the club's top games of the season.

But he also let them know it's time to move on.

"Winning those two games is good, but it isn't three," said Kilrea. "They've got to know that they'll need to work harder to get three."

The 67's won the first game 3-2 in overtime on Thursday in Peterborough on a goal by Jeremy Akeson.

Then came the shutout win on Saturday, in which goalie Danny Battochio provided another fine performance, making 37 saves.

One of the most impressive parts of Ottawa's game on Saturday was its play in the defensive zone.

FEW SCORING CHANCES

The Petes had only a handful of quality scoring chances. And the 67's moved the puck out of the zone more effectively than they'd shown during the regular season and earlier in the playoffs.

"Everyone is showing up to play at the same time, and that makes a big difference for us," said Colbert.

The 67's have also capitalized on scoring opportunities in a tight-checking series.

Akeson's overtime winner Thursday came as the result of outstanding work from Lukas Kaspar, who managed to create a scoring chance when the possibility of one developing seemed remote -- at best.

And on Saturday, Ottawa scored the game's first goal on a Chris Hulit breakaway that started from a pass by Arron Alphonso who had just stepped out of the penalty box.

"It's a game of inches and they've been taking advantage of those inches to date," said Peterborough coach Dick Todd. "If we're going to go forward, we have to start making things happen in those areas."

Otherwise, the Petes could be in big trouble. "If we can win there (tonight), I think they'll be real frustrated," said Colbert.

ON THE MEND: Injured Ottawa D Elgin Reid skated for 30 minutes before yesterday's practice, but Kilrea said the 67's won't rush him back into the lineup. Reid sprained an ankle and hyperextended a knee during the previous series against Sudbury. "He's encouraged and he can move things around a bit," said Kilrea. "But there's no timetable. When it's healthy, it's healthy."


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