Home finally sweet for 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

67's 5, Frontenacs 3

A big night from rookie Shea Kewin gave the Ottawa 67's their first home win of the season.

It cost the 16-year-old from Guelph a shaving cream pie in the face from teammate Rob Lawrance while being interviewed on TV after the game, but Kewin took it for the proverbial team.

Kewin scored the first two goals of his OHL career, including the game winner as Ottawa downed the Kingston Frontenacs 5-3 in front of 7,784 at the Civic Centre to end a four-game losing skid. It was also the first win at home for the 67's in five tries this season.

"It's just an unbelieveable feeling," said Kewin, the game's first star. "The bounces were just going my way."

Kewin's winner came with 13 minutes remaining in the final period.

On the play, winger Pat Ouellette worked well along the left side to fight off a check, and fed a pass across the slot to Kewin who drove for the net. The rookie tipped the puck behind Kingston goalie and Orleans native Danny Taylor to give the 67's the go-ahead marker.

Kewin scored his first OHL goal in the second period, although it wasn't a thing of beauty. Attempting a pass across the net, Kewin could only watch as the puck bounced off the shinpad of backchecking Kingston defenceman Justin Wallingford directly into the net.

"I joked with my friends back home that my first would probably go in off somebody's pad," said Kewin, whose prediction came true.

Kewin contributed on the physical side as well.

He engaged in a fierce fight with fellow rookie Matthew Reis two minutes after the opening faceoff, and sent the Kingston winger to the dressing room for repairs.

Kewin also delivered a solid check behind the Kingston net to defenceman Michael Kolarz late in the second.

Bryan Bickell scored his second goal of the game into an empty net in the final minute to seal the win.

"It gets the reporters to keep bringing it up that we haven't won at home," said said 67's coach/GM Brian Kilrea. "The good part is, that streak is over and we got two points. Now we're tied with Kingston. It's an important win because we've stayed with the pack."

Radek Smolenak scored twice for the Frontenacs who lost their fourth straight.

Jamie McGinn scored his first goal of the season for Ottawa in the opening period.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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