For Petes' sake ... revenge a factor?

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

Tonight's game against the Peterborough Petes gives the Ottawa 67's a chance to win for the first time this season on home ice.

For the Petes, it's about much more than that.

"They're going to come into our barn and want some revenge," said Ottawa winger Chris Hulit.

Last April, the 67's stunned the OHL with a four-game sweep of the Petes to capture the Eastern Conference championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup. So after the puck is dropped for tonight's opening faceoff, the 67's believe the Petes will try to get even.

Even veteran coaches like Brian Kilrea of the 67's and Dick Todd of the Petes acknowledge that revenge could play a role in the game.

"A lot of them will remember last year, but they've got a veteran team and they'll probably go with business as usual," said Kilrea.

'AWFUL LOT OF TALENT'

"They have an awful lot of talent, but you never know, they could use last year as extra motivation."

The Petes, one of the favourites to win the Eastern Conference this year, played the Kitchener Rangers at home last night.

"I'm sure some of the guys will remember what Ottawa did to us last year in the playoffs," said Todd.

Tonight's game is the first of eight games between the clubs.

"We're expecting it to be a tough game in Ottawa as always," said Todd.

"They've got the great crowds there, they've got three great overage players and it's turning into a great rivalry."

The 67's have four wins in seven games, but all the victories have come away from the Civic Centre.

Two weeks ago, Ottawa dropped home games against St. Michael's and Kingston.

"We've got our own reasons to get motivated for this game, because we're looking for our first win on home ice," said Hulit.

Danny Battochio starts in goal for the 67's tonight.

IN THE CREASE: D Elgin Reid returns to the lineup tonight after missing the last four games with a neck injury ... Kilrea said he is not in trade talks with any team about G Anthony Guadagnolo, who left the team last month ... C Thomas Kiriakou is questionable for tonight's game with an injury ... Rookie RW Pat Daley will make his OHL debut tonight after missing the first three weeks of the season with mono. Daley was Ottawa's second- round pick at last May's OHL draft.


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