67's hope for home comfort

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

One of the teams competing in tonight's OHL game at the Civic Centre will be getting off Skid Row.

The host 67's have lost four straight and three in a row at home, while the Kingston Frontenacs are looking to get rid of a three-game slide.

"You can say it's a couple of teams coming off not exactly great streaks," said Kingston coach Jim Hulton. "Hopefully, (the 67's) won't go on a roll until after this one."

Normally, the 67's are a pretty decent bunch at the Civic Centre, but this year they've lost all three starts at home. Only the Oshawa Generals join the 67's as not having a victory at home.

Ottawa coach and GM Brian Kilrea thinks his players need to shoot more at the opposing goalie. In tonight's case, that's Orleans native Danny Taylor who stonewalled the 67's during a 2-1 Kingston win at the Civic Centre earlier this month.

"Instead of trying to be too fancy, we need to shoot the puck more," said Kilrea. "At least when you do that, you've got a chance for a rebound and then something good might happen."

The 67's are averaging a little over three goals a game, which usually means they're relying on goalie Danny Battochio, who starts for Ottawa tonight. Tonight, he faces Taylor in the Kingston net who is 4-0 lifetime against Ottawa, including 3-0 at the Civic Centre with a 1.67 goals against average.

The Frontenacs received a top-10 designation by the CHL when the league issued its first set of rankings two weeks ago, but fell from this week's listing after the three straight losses.

"It's probably the worst thing that could have happened," said Hulton of the ranking.

NET HELP ON WAY: The 67's completed a deal with the Frontenacs, acquiring 17-year-old G Brady Morrison, who becomes the back-up to Battochio, for future considerations. Morrison, a native of Thamesville, played six games for the Fronts last year as a rookie, and saw action once this year. Kilrea said Morrison, a seventh-round pick by Kingston in 2004, has OHL experience, something rookie David Scamurra lacked. "Brady's played in the league and he has experience," said Kilrea. "David was lacking in that experience." In Morrison, Hulton said the 67's are getting a quality goalie with quick reflexes and a good attitude.

IN THE CREASE: Second year Ottawa D Derek Joslin has been selected to play for the OHL team during next month's ADT Canada/Russia Challenge. Joslin won't play in the first exhibition game Nov. 24, but will compete in the Nov. 28 game ... Also among the players selected were former 67's D and Stittsville native Kyle Wharton, now with the Soo Greyhounds, and Sudbury F Benoit Pouliot of St-Isidore ... The Gatineau Olympiques travel to Quebec tonight for a game against Patrick Roy's Remparts. They also play tomorrow in Victoriaville before completing the weekend with a home game against Baie-Comeau.


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