Kilrea's 67's purely offensive

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:03 PM ET

67's 8, Bulls 4

It was one of those nights where both coaches were not very happy.

Being on the good end of an 8-4 score just made 67's coach/GM Brian Kilrea a little less unhappy than George Burnett of the Belleville Bulls.

"It's good to get the win, but it's a little bit of a comedy show when the puck comes in our end," said Kilrea, whose club snapped a three-game losing streak. "We had the puck on three of their goals. If we play that carefree against Guelph (tonight) we're not going to stand a chance."

There's nothing wrong with the 67's offence, which scored eight goals for the second-straight game in front of 8,843 fans at the Civic Centre.

The fact they could score 16 goals in two games and only be 1-1 says a lot about the way this season has gone.

The fact they could win last night and still be outshot 42-37 says they still have a long ways to go.

Matt Lahey, Bryan Bickell and Jamie McGinn paced the attack last night with a pair of goals each, with singles going to Jakub Vojta (his first in the OHL) and Chris Hulit (team-leading 13th).

Captain Julian Talbot had four assists and rookie Logan Couture had three helpers as the 67's jumped in front 4-0 by early in the second period, survived two-straight Belleville goals to make it 6-3 and got home from there.

The win improved the 67's record to 9-11-1-1 and put them three points ahead of the Bulls (8-12-1-0) for third spot in the East Division.

"It was disgraceful the way we played behind our blue line," said Burnett, who left No. 1 goaltender Kevin Lalande, a native of Clarence Creek, back in Belleville for last night's game.

Burnett started Sebastian Dahm last night and figured Lalande, who has not played well when returning here to play in front of friends and family, would be better off working with his goalie coach and resting up for tonight's meeting with the Soo Greyhounds.

"We haven't been starting very well on the road and I was hoping with the rookie in nets there would be a little more desperation from our veteran guys."

It didn't turn out that way.

Dahm was pulled after Bickell scored the 67's fourth goal 16 seconds into the second period on Ottawa's 16th shot. He was replaced by callup Mike Murphy, who fared only a little better.

67's goaltender Danny Battochio, meanwhile, was left to fend for himself on numerous occasions.

"It's discouraging for me thinking of Danny," said Kilrea. "I think he's the best goalie in the league and (the opposition) just keeps getting point-blank shots."

NOTES: There was a moment of silence before the game for former Bulls LW Jake Gilmour, who passed away recently ... D Elgin Reid served his one-game suspension last night for a slew foot last weekend ... The 67's are at Guelph to face the Storm tonight.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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