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67's forward Jamie McGinn celebrates his OT-winning and series-clinching goal with captain Will...

67's forward Jamie McGinn celebrates his OT-winning and series-clinching goal with captain Will Colbert last night at the Ottawa Civic Centre. (Ottawa Sun/Tony Caldwell)

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

The sweep is complete.

The incredible 67's got out the brooms and advanced to the OHL championship series -- and perhaps the Memorial Cup -- last night with a 3-2 victory in overtime over Peterborough at the Civic Centre.

The win clinched the Eastern Conference final in an improbable four straight games, and gave Ottawa a fifth appearance in the league final in the last nine years.

"Who'd have ever thought?" 67's coach Brian Kilrea said of the sweep. "For us to be here and win four games, you might have to go back five years to find when Ottawa won four games against Peterborough."

Rookie Jamie McGinn scored the winner at 11:01 of the first overtime period.

Winger Julian Talbot worked his way around Petes defenceman Kyle Raftis on the right side to get a shot on goal, and the puck rolled out to a charging McGinn, who muscled through a check to poke in the rebound for a tap-in winner.

"It's a great honour to get that goal," said the 16-year-old McGinn.

"I just saw Julian Talbot cutting down the wing. He made a nice move around the D.

"Every practice, you go hard to the net and you get rewarded."

The 67's piled into the northeast corner of the ice surface and onto the rookie for a wild celebration as the sell-out crowd of 9,862 cheered with delight.

"I've never had that feeling before. I've never scored a bigger goal than that," he said. "I kind of blanked out there."

The 67's ended their celebration, shook hands with the Petes and gathered in their zone in front of goalie Danny Battochio for the presentation of the Bobby Orr Trophy from OHL commissioner David Branch.

Captain Will Colbert hoisted the cup over his head, then handed it to Battochio, who is the main reason Ottawa has advanced this far in the post-season.

Battochio took the cup off the ice and headed to the dressing room.

And now the team that struggled just to qualify for the playoffs has a chance to get into the Memorial Cup, which begins May 21 in London.

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Ottawa will get an automatic berth in the tournament if the host Knights beat the Kitchener Rangers in the Western Conference final, which London leads 3-1 after a 5-4 win in OT last night.

"The job's not done yet," said Battochio, who stopped 30 Petes shots. "We still believe we can go in there and give London a good run."

Last night's victory extended Ottawa's home-ice winning streak in the playoffs to eight games.

The 67's will be back on the ice today to prepare for the league championship.

"We'll practise and see if we can make sure we can find everyone," said Kilrea.

The 67's took a 2-0 lead on goals from Chris Hulit and Brad Bonello in the first, a period they dominated as they outshot the Petes 16-5.

But the Petes fought back, getting goals from Jamie Tardif halfway through the second and Daniel Ryder, who scored his only goal of the series early in the third.

Both Battochio and Petes goalie Jeff MacDougald were sharp in the third, preventing potential game-winners from getting into the net.

Petes forward Liam Reddox nearly ended the game early in overtime when the puck squirted loose in front of the net, but he got checked at the last second and shot wide before crashing headfirst into the net.

"It's a disappointing end to what we felt was a pretty good year," said Petes coach Dick Todd. "We didn't anticipate going down 4-0 with the hockey team that we had."


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