PETERBOROUGH -- Get out the brooms. The Ottawa 67's are on the verge of sweeping the favoured Peterborough Petes right out of the OHL playoffs.
The 67's continued their improbable playoff run last night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, building a 4-0 lead and then hanging on for a 4-3 win over the Petes to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the Eastern Conference championship.
Ottawa could wrap up the series tomorrow night with a win at the Civic Centre. Petes coach Dick Todd says his team isn't done yet.
"If we keep our discipline and our composure, it can be done," he said.
A victory for the 67's could also mean a trip to the Memorial Cup if the London Knights, hosts of the championship tournament, beat Kitchener in the other conference final. The Knights took a 2-1 series lead with a 6-1 win over Kitchener last night.
"We had the game pretty much under control, but then we started to take a stream of trips to the penalty box and gave them a life," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "If it wasn't for some great saves, we'd still be out there playing right now."
Petes fans not only had to suck up another loss last night. They also had to watch 67's winger Bryan Bickell, who took shots at the city of Peterborough before the series, score the first two goals of the game.
"The fans here don't like me very much," said Bickell. "But when the fans are yelling at me, it pumps me up in a way. It gets me going."
Bickell scored in the final minute of the first period, dominated by the 67's. The Petes appeared to even the score midway through the second when Jamie Tardif jammed a loose puck behind Danny Battochio.
But referee Carman Cox immediately disallowed the goal. The video review determined that Cox had whistled the play dead.
Bickell got his second goal during a power play, 15 minutes into the second. Julian Talbot scored in the final minute of the period. Lukas Kaspar gave Ottawa a 4-0 lead.
With Jakub Petruzalek serving a double minor for checking from behind, Russell native Trevor Hendrikx's shot from the left point beat Battochio on the short side, breaking a shutout streak of 138 minutes and 25 seconds. Jordan Staal then scored twice for the Petes.
Battochio made great stops on Mark Flood and Daniel Ryder in the closing minutes.