Petes' comeback ruins 67's night

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

The 67's were minutes away from scoring their biggest win of the OHL season last night.

But they ended up heading home from Peterborough with a heartbreaking loss following a 5-4 setback against the No. 1-ranked Petes.

Ahead 4-3, Ottawa saw its lead evaporate on late goals by Greg Stewart and Jamie Tardif, who beat Danny Battochio with 1:07 remaining.

"It's disappointing, but the guys have to know that they were playing one of the better teams in this league," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "I think we should gain from it because we played well."

It was the ninth straight win for the Petes (14-2-1-0), the first with Steve Downie in their lineup.

Downie, who was acquired in a trade from the Windsor Spitfires on Wednesday, registered an assist on his team's second goal in the first period. He also had a second-period fight with Ottawa's Elgin Reid, who returned to the lineup from a wrist injury.

That fight seemed to lift the 67's, who scored seconds later when rookie Pat Daley got his third of the season to cut Peterborugh's lead to 3-2 heading into the second intermission.

In the third, the 67's tied it on an early power-play goal from Bryan Bickell, then took the lead in the 13th minute when Julian Talbot scored his seventh of the year.

But the Petes evened it three minutes later on Stewart's eighth marker of the season.

"We worked hard and came back, but so did they," said Kilrea whose team fell to 8-9-1-1. "They found a way to win and they deserved it."

Rookie Logan Couture scored Ottawa's first goal, his seventh of the year. "A lot of our young kids gave us a lot of spark, guys like Daley and Couture," said Kilrea.

Daniel Ryder scored Peterborough's first two goals, while Jordan Morrison got the other one.

IN THE CREASE: The 67's host Mississauga tonight at the Civic Centre (7:30 p.m.) ... Matt Lahey extended a point-scoring streak last night, recording an assist on the first 67's goal. Since returning to the lineup last week, Lahey has recorded at least one point in four games ... Also back in the lineup was C Thomas Kiriakou.


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