Kilrea ready to light 'bonfire' under 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

LONDON -- Forget matches.

67's coach Brian Kilrea is thinking about using a flame thrower to ignite some passion in his team following Tuesday's disappointing performance against Rimouski.

"I would hope the guys would be fired up because they're playing in the Memorial Cup. You know they say light a fire? I'd like to make it a bonfire under somebody's ass for the next games that we've got, never mind a little fire you're going to cook a couple of hot dogs on," Kilrea said before yesterday's practice.

Ottawa displayed little emotion during a 4-3 loss to Sidney Crosby and the Oceanic in their second game of the Memorial Cup.

But in retrospect, that's the way the team has played all season.

You'd think they'd be fired up after that emotional double-overtime win in their opener of the event against Kelowna on Sunday, but they came out with no drive against Rimouski in a game that was there for the taking.

"We've been consistent all year, because you never know who's going to come out and be the star, or who's going to come out and not play well," said Kilrea.

He expects more out of wingers Mark Mancari and Bryan Bickell, both NHL draft picks, who had few chances against Rimouski.

"I thought (Brad) Bonello had some good shifts, basically when he was away from that line. I just don't think that that line, it didn't have that many good shifts, and it could have made a difference."


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