67's take bite out of Wolves

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

SUDBURY -- Elgin Reid has been called a few things during his OHL career, but never a sniper.

Yesterday, however, was a different story.

The third-year 67's defenceman looked like his agent, Bobby Orr, on the point during a 4-3 Ottawa win at the Sudbury Memorial Centre.

All of his goals came on the power play, and he completed the trifecta with three minutes left in the final period, breaking a 2-2 tie with a shot from the left point that got through traffic in front before getting past goalie Kevin Beech.

"I was just in shock for a bit there," said the 18-year-old, who scored twice all last season. "I wasn't thinking about the hat trick, really. It was just more exciting to get the lead with just a few minutes left."

Bryan Bickell gave the 67's an insurance marker with two minutes remaining, and they needed it.

Marc Staal, returned to the Wolves by the New York Rangers on Friday, beat 67's goalie Danny Battochio on a point shot through a screen during a power play with 15 seconds left.

After the goal, Battochio gave Sudbury forward Nick Foligno a jab with his stick because Foligno skated through the crease and contacted the goalie as the puck went in.

At the final buzzer, Battochio, a Sudbury native, taunted Foligno by gesturing to the scoreboard and banging his stick on the ice.

Foligno and the Wolves took exception, but the officials stepped between the clubs before anything developed.

"I thought a couple of their players took liberties with Danny by going through the crease and everything else," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea. "I'm hoping the referees ... will also see the protection needed for the goaltending."

FLASHBACK

The 67's complained of similar treatment for Battochio during last year's second-round playoff series against the Wolves.

"I think they were trying to carry it over from last year," said Battochio, who stopped 35 Wolves shots. "Now, it's up to the refs, and let's hope they take control of the game that way."

Quite a rivalry has developed between the 67's and Wolves, but the teams compete against each other just twice during the regular season.

Not until March 19, the final game of the regular campaign, do the Wolves make their only scheduled appearance at the Civic Centre.

"I think the next game against these guys is going to be even tougher," said Reid. "There's no love lost between us. We beat them last year and they lost their chance to go to the Memorial Cup, and they're not too happy about it. We wouldn't be either."

The win completed a sweep of the team's northern swing that began Friday with another 4-3 win in Sault Ste. Marie.

"It feels great to start this way because the northern trip is always a lot harder," said Reid. "It's two tough barns to play in and both teams play well at home."

The 67's open their home schedule this week, hosting the St. Michael's Majors on Friday night.

IN THE CREASE: Mark Mancari, one of Ottawa's top scorers last year, was assigned to the AHL's Rochester Americans by the Buffalo Sabres. Mancari is eligible to return to the 67's as an overage player this season.


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