67's 'going to give it all we've got'

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

LONDON -- London lead series 1-0

Today: Rogers 22, 2 p.m.

67's at Knights

Forget the fact that both the 67's and Knights have already qualified for the Memorial Cup later this month.

Both OHL teams played their hearts out in Friday night's 4-2 Knights win.

Expect more of the same today.

"It was great hockey," 67's captain Will Colbert said of the opener.

The underdog 67's served notice that they're not going to be walked over by the favoured Knights as the series resumes this afternoon at the John Labatt Centre.

Despite losing by a couple of goals, the 67's have to be confident heading into the second game.

"I'm not sure we didn't go in there in awe of London and that might have cost us," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "We came in and did a lot of things because they're who they are and I honestly believe if we go in and play the game because we know who we are, that will make the difference."

And who or what exactly are the 67's?

"We are the guys that upset three teams in our division," said Kilrea. "And we earned what we got."

"We don't feel good about the loss, but I think we proved that we can play with them," said Chris Hulit. "Everyone was so skeptical of us because we lost both games in the regular season to them. But I think our comeback in the third period proved to them and everyone else that we can play with them."

"We've got to come out strong and leave nothing in the room," said Derek Joslin.

LOOKING FOR SPLIT

With a win today, the 67's will return for Game 3 at the Civic Centre where the 67's are undefeated in eight games during the playoffs.

"We're going to give it all we've got (today) because we really need that game," said Colbert. "Our heads aren't down. We're excited."

The 67's could have won Friday's game had London goalie Adam Dennis not played so well, with 41 saves.

IN THE CREASE: The fans gave 67's winger and London native Mark Mancari a loud ovation during the pre-game introductions ... The scoreboard video screen showed Mancari on the bench before the start of the second period. Sitting beside Mancari, teammate Jakub Petruzalek tried to get him to smile and wave for the hometown fans ... LW Jeremy Akeson, fighting pneumonia, played on Friday. LW Jamie VanderVeeken was scratched and replaced on the fourth line by Robbie Lawrance.

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