Ouellette comes up big

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:52 PM ET

Pat Ouellette doesn't score a bunch of goals for the 67's, but he seems to have a knack of making the ones he gets count for big things.

The Ottawa winger scored for the second time this season and got the winning goal for the second time this month in a 7-5 win over the Oshawa Generals last night at the Civic Centre.

At the start of November, Ouellette scored in overtime to beat the Barrie Colts on home ice.

And last night, he got another winner, beating Oshawa goalie Kevin Couture on a great play with 11 minutes left in the third.

Breaking out of the Ottawa zone, rookie Joe Pleckaitis tried to get through the Oshawa defence and hustled to get a shot against Couture.

The rebound went into the slot, only to have Ouellette swoop in for a backhander that beat the Oshawa goalie over the blocker and into the top corner of the net.

"I didn't have much time and their defenceman was pressuring me," said Ouellette. "I was was trying to go across on the blocker side, and put it right where I wanted it.

"The goalie got a piece of it, but he didn't get all of it. At first, I didn't think it went in and that he stopped it. But I saw him look behind and saw it in the net."

The 67's trailed 5-4 heading into the third, but got the equalizer from Logan Couture in the fourth minute of the final period when the rookie picked up a loose puck in the slot and banged it into the Oshawa net.

Couture scored during a two-man advantage in the final minute for his second goal of the night and 10th of the season.

"It does feel a little extra special considering what happened before," said Couture, who was told by the Generals he would be their first overall choice last May's OHL draft.

But instead, the Gens took John Tavares, who was made eligible for the draft by special decree from the OHL.

67's 7, Generals 5

The 15-year-old Tavares, considered to be a future NHL star, was limited to one assist in his first OHL appearance in Ottawa.

Ouellette's goal salvaged an otherwise forgetful night for the 67's, who trailed by three goals before the game was five minutes old.

Nathaniel Brooks, Dale Mitchell and Kelly Thomson scored for the Generals on the first four shots against Danny Battochio.

"We dug ourselves a hole and were sloppy in our own end," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea. "Fortunately, we survived."

The 67's continue their schedule tonight in Belleville and return home tomorrow against Kingston.

IN THE CREASE: Ottawa LW Tibor Radulay missed the game with a bad shoulder ... The Olympiques are back in QMJHL action this afternoon in the at the Guertin Centre against Val-d'Or ... D Adam Blanchette, an American, has left the Olympiques because he wanted more playing time.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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