Colts fall for Pat trick

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:59 PM ET

67's 3, Colts (OT) 2

Pat Ouellette finished what he started.

After getting a rare nod for the game's opening faceoff last night against the Barrie Colts, the 67's third-line winger scored at 2:16 of overtime for a 3-2 win in front of 7,790 at the Civic Centre.

It's not like the 67's broke out of the scoring funk that has seen them slip in the OHL's Eastern Conference standings.

But the win over the Colts was big as it came against one of the better teams in the league.

"It's huge," said Ouellette, who scored his first goal of the season.

"Our team's been a little bit down lately. We've been losing some close ones, and we've been losing ones where we haven't been playing very (well).

"But we wanted to get the win at home, and it's a big two points."

Ouellette's winning goal looked like one that would be scored by a sniper, not a third-line checker.

Using his speed, he flew down the left side, beat defenceman Nathan Martine along the boards, cut in front with a great move and backhanded the puck through goalie Dan LaCosta's pads along the ice and into the net.

"He gets a lot of tongue lashings from me at times, but there's no question about his work," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea of Ouellette.

"He always skates. He always works in the practices. He's one of the hardest working guys. Sometimes he has a little trouble handling the puck, but on that play he didn't."

The 67's got into overtime on the back of goalie Danny Battochio who made 37 saves, including a pair in the third period against Michael Lombardi and Ryan Hamilton.

"We know we haven't been putting up the numbers offensively for Dano," said Ouellette. "He's been in the nets doing a hell of a job for us.

"Every night, we know he's going to show up. We know we've got to put up a little bit more offence, and we'll win more games like we did (last night)."

Julian Talbot got Ottawa on the board eight minutes into the first, scoring on a power play after being left unchecked in front of LaCosta.

But the Colts rallied back with power-play goals from Hamilton and Vladimir Nikiforov in the second to take the lead.

Ottawa overager Chris Hulit tied it 62 seconds into the third with another power-play marker, getting a rebound and banging the puck into a gaping net with LaCosta sprawling after making the first stop.

The 67's are in action tomorrow at home against the Soo Greyhounds.

OSCAR THE OUCH: At St. John's, Nlfd., Oscar Sundh scored the go-ahead goal with one second remaining in the second and the St. John's Fog Devils hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques in QMJHL action at Mile One Stadium. Ex-'Pique Scott Brophy also scored for the Fog Devils. Jason Speight counted the lone tally for the Olympiques, who play another game against the Fog Devils tonight in St. John's.

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