Taylor saves best at home

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Kingston goalie Danny Taylor looked up into the Civic Centre stands yesterday and saw a bunch of kids wearing Cumberland Barons jerseys, his minor hockey team.

That got him psyched.

Not that he really needed the extra boost, given his track record against his hometown major junior team.

Taylor remained perfect during his OHL career against the 67's, turning away 40 shots in a 2-1 Frontenacs victory.

Playing in his third OHL season, the Orleans native and former CJHL goalie of the year with Cumberland is 4-0 lifetime against Ottawa, including three wins at the Civic Centre.

It's Taylor's first year as a No. 1 OHL goalie, after the Frontenacs acquired him during the off-season from Guelph, where he split netminding chores during his first two seasons.

"I didn't really get a chance to play full time when I was in Guelph, and now I get a chance to show everyone what I'm made of," he said.

Taylor put on a great show yesterday, blocking every Ottawa shot except one that trickled past him when rookie import Tibor Radulay poked in a loose puck from a scramble in the second period.

Otherwise, it was a perfect afternoon for a hometown kid. Taylor's best stops came after Cory Emmerton put the Frontenacs ahead 10 minutes into the third period with his second goal of the game.

With Ottawa goalie Danny Battochio on the bench for an extra attacker, the 67's put on big pressure in the Kingston end and got chances, but Taylor made the stops.

"They had a shot right in front, and I thought it was in," said Taylor, a seventh-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings two years ago.

"It got my pad down and was looking for it, but it popped out and I made another save. I think that was the scariest moment."

Looks like the Fronts don't need to be frightened with Taylor in net.

"When we went out and acquired Danny, we were hoping we'd be getting that bona-fide No. 1 goalie that can win us games because we have a young team," said Kingston coach Jim Hulton.

"Danny's got to be our MVP. That's a lot of pressure to put on somebody, but he seems to relish that with his character. So far, he's done just that. He's given us a chance to win every game and that's what good goalies do."

CATCHES ATTENTION

Taylor has done enough damage to the 67's to make Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea take notice.

"If he gives that effort, they have a chance to win every night," said Kilrea. "It's the same as when Danny (Battochio) gives us a chance to win every night."

The setback closed out a lost weekend for the 67's, who opened their home schedule with a pair of one-goal losses, including Friday's 5-4 setback to St. Michael's, to fall to 2-2.

NOTES: 67's D Elgin Reid missed the game after leaving Friday's contest late in the third period with an injured neck ... In QMJHL action yesterday, Brett Morrison, Claude Giroux and Bryan Wilson scored early in the second period to break a 2-2 deadlock as the Gatineau Olympiques beat host Baie-Comeau 5-4 and improved to 5-2-0-0.


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