67's turn out Knight light

Ottawa 67s' Lucas Kaspar dumps London Knights forward Kelly Thomson in front of Knight's Marc...

Ottawa 67s' Lucas Kaspar dumps London Knights forward Kelly Thomson in front of Knight's Marc Methot during second period OHL championship action in London, Ont. on Sunday, May 8, 2005. (London Free Press/Morris Lamont)

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

LONDON -- Do you believe in miracles? The Ottawa 67's sure do.

The team that nobody thought would get this far in the OHL playoffs now owns momentum in the league's championship series after a stunning 6-3 victory over the favoured and presumably unbeatable London Knights yesterday at the John Labatt Centre.

And in doing so, Ottawa handed the Knights their first home playoff loss and only their second loss at home of the entire season.

The series is tied 1-1 with the next game of the best-of-seven series tomorrow night at the Civic Centre where Ottawa is 8-0 during these playoffs.

The Ottawa bench celebrated the win at the final buzzer and mobbed goalie Danny Battochio, who made several outstanding saves to preserve the win.

NOT SURPRISED

"To tell you the truth, I don't think any of us are really surprised about this," said Ottawa defenceman Elgin Reid. "Everybody's counted us out since the first series. They didn't think we would get through Barrie. They didn't think we were going to get through Sudbury because they were too big and we weren't tough enough, apparently, and if we got through them we'd be too beat up to play against Peterborough, and we swept Peterborough.

"And I think London's done the exactly same thing as every other team that we played us, and that's underestimating us, and underestimating our speed."

The 67's trailed 3-2 heading into the final period, but scored four unanswered goals. It was just the second time this season London blew a lead heading into the third period.

After Brad Bonello tied the game with a shorthanded goal, Lukas Kaspar gave the 67's the lead.

Then OHL MVP Corey Perry took a double-minor for delivering a high stick to the face of Arron Alphonso.

London native Mark Mancari scored his second goal of the game on a redirect during the power play five minutes into the third to give Ottawa a two-goal advantage.

Then a few minutes later, Brad Staubitz ripped a slapper into the net during a two-man advantage.

EXCELLENT FOR CONFIDENCE

"This is excellent for our confidence," said Mancari who opened the scoring for Ottawa during a power play five minutes into the first period. "We've been working hard all playoffs. We've been doing things that people didn't think we could do. "We knew in the room that that we have the talent to be a really good team, and we think it's starting to show."

"We all knew we had this in us," said Battochio, who made 42 saves. "We kept this team close on Friday night (in the first game) and we came out a better team (yesterday)."

While Battochio was outstanding, Knights goalie Adam Dennis had a tough game.

He allowed a soft goal in the second to Jeremy Akeson on a shot from the right point. The puck bounced off the goalie's body and into the net, giving Ottawa a 2-1 lead.

Ottawa native Marc Methot and Danny Syvret scored later in the second to give the Knights the 3-2 advantage heading into the third.


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