Kewin leaves mark on Fronts, Reis

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:42 PM ET

It's not so often that you get to see a rookie have a standout game in the OHL -- unless his name is John Tavares.

67's fans might have expected to see one from young Logan Couture.

But it was Shea Kewin who had the first breakout game by a first-year OHL player with the 67's.

Fans might have been wondering "Shea Who" at the start of Friday's home game against Kingston, but left knowing him well.

They would have been satisfied with Kewin's pair of goals, including the winner in the third that he scored as the result of good hustle --by driving to the net, fighting off a check and redirecting a pass behind goalie Danny Taylor.

But Kewin showed he meant business right from the beginning.

He had a first-period fight against fellow rookie Matthew Reis, who played the sufferer role in a one-sided battle.

Later, he delivered a hard check to defenceman Michael Kolarz behind the Kingston net.

That's the kind of performance coach Brian Kilrea would expect from a veteran.

Funny how sometimes it's an unknown rookie that can lift a team, as Kewin did two nights ago.

"In practice, he works hard," Kilrea said of Kewin. "And you only hope that some of the guys that work hard can make things happen."

He sure did on Friday.

The 17-year-old from Guelph, a fourth-round pick in 2004, could become a key factor -- as in heart and soul -- for the 67's later in the season.

GOOD CALL: Next time the NHL needs a new commissioner, Dave Branch should get some consideration. The OHL's head honcho was true to form last week when he issued that hefty fine against the Windsor Spitfires and big suspension against GM and coach Moe Mantha following that hazing incident on the team bus. By banishing Mantha for 40 games as coach, Branch once again sent a clear message that old-style frontier hockey won't cut it in the modern OHL --either on or off the ice. He did the same when he banned Sudbury's Kyle Musselman for his overage season after last year's playoff cheap shot on Ottawa's Mark Mancari. The list goes on and on. And what that list means is no player or coach will ever get away with doing something that will give the OHL a bad name -- as long as Branch is at the helm.

ON THE MARK: Former 67 Mancari made his professional debut on Friday for the Rochester Americans, getting two assists in an 8-4 win over Cleveland in AHL action. "He had good energy and feistiness," Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth, the former Senators captain, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

WIN ONE, LOSE ONE: At Barrie, Brady Morrison made 34 saves in his first start as a member of the 67's, but it wasn't enough as the Colts downed Ottawa 4-1 last night. The 67's trailed 2-0 after two, but got a goal from Couture during a power play early in the third to reduce Barrie's lead. But D Andrew Marshall beat Morrison twice later in the period to seal the win for Barrie. Ottawa native Matthieu Methot and Bryan Little also scored for the Colts (9-4-0-1). The 67's (5-6-1-0) are in Brampton this afternoon.

LAST-SECOND HERO: At Victoriaville, Claude Giroux scored for Gatineau with one second left in regulation, then got the winner with one second remaining in overtime to give the Olympiques a thrilling 4-3 victory. Orleans native David Tremblay made 37 saves for the 'Piques, who were outshot 40-37. Colin Escott and David Krejci also scored for Gatineau.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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