67's continue to struggle at Civic Centre

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

Petes 6, 67's 3

Hockey teams don't usually like road trips, but so far this season, the Ottawa 67's don't mind it so much.

That's where they're getting most of their wins, and the 67's can see it as a bonus that they've got a two road game to end the weekend -- tonight in Belleville and tomorrow in Mississauga.

It's a different story on home ice, as Ottawa dropped yet another at the Civic Centre, the latest a 6-3 setback to the Peterborough Petes last night.

Ottawa has lost all three of its games at home, a contrast to the team's record last season when they lost only eight times at the Civic Centre all year. But Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea isn't too bothered by the home record.

"I'd rather play every game here," he said. "I thought we worked hard and did a lot of good things. Unfortunately, we did some bad things as well, and it cost us."

The 67's took an early 2-0 lead on goals from Bryan Bickell and Julian Talbot, but let the Petes get back in.

The Petes, who scored four power play goals, tied it on scores by Jordan Morrison and Greg Stewart, then took the lead in the second on a goal from Daniel Ryder.

"I think it helps that we've got a veteran team and an older team with some experience," said Petes coach Dick Todd. "We kept plodding away and we got back into it."

Elgin Reid, back in the Ottawa lineup after missing four games to a neck injury, got a power-play marker in the second.

But Jordan Staal put the Petes ahead for good during a power play with seven minutes remaining.

Ottawa goalie Danny Battochio, who took a penalty for roughing, tried to cover a loose puck but couldn't get his glove down before Staal knocked in the rebound.

The Petes scored an insurance goal during another man advantage with three minutes left in the final period from Kyle Raftis.

"We know that they're a good hockey club," said Kilrea of the Petes. "It's a matter of us playing up to them."

Nepean native Scott Cowie scored his first goal of the season into an empty net in the final minute to seal it for Peterborough.

The 67's return home to the Civic Centre next Friday night against the Kingston Frontenacs.

'PIQUES LOSE: The Gatineau Olympiques dropped a 3-1 decision to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in QMJHL action at the Robert Guertin Centre. David Krejci scored Gatineau's only goal. Gatineau travels to Baie-Comeau tomorrow and Chicoutimi on Monday.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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