Bonello doesn't want to relive pain of 2001

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:52 PM ET

LONDON -- Brad Bonello's been here before.

The 21-year-old Ottawa centre got to the Memorial Cup semi-final in 2002 as a rookie with the Erie Otters and lost in overtime to a QMJHL's Victoriaville Tigres.

He doesn't want that to happen again in tonight's 2005 Cup semi-final against another Quebec champion, the Rimouski Oceanic.

PLAY DOES TALKING

"I try to let my play do the talking for me," said Bonello, who's been one of the top forwards for the 67's in the tournament.

"I'm pretty emotional with my teammates, and I'm very positive with them. I just want to give them the feeling that they don't want to go through what I went through when I lost in overtime the first time."

Bonello said that sticks with him to this day.

"I just want them to know it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and that they're so close to obtaining our goal.

"If we can put a couple of more wins together, we'll be the champions of Canada."

CZECHING OUT?: Ottawa C Jakub Petruzalek remains questionable for tonight's game after suffering a knee injury during Sunday's round-robin game against Kelowna. "Petruzalek? I don't know, ask him," Kilrea said of the Czech rookie's status. "I'm just on my way to have a cigar. He skated. He'll have the team dinner like everybody else and then he'll let me know if he's ready to go."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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