67's Alphonso to take time healing

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

67's winger Arron Alphonso can't get back on the ice soon enough.

Ideally, that would mean he'd be lacing up his skates for tonight's game at the Civic Centre against the Sarnia Sting.

But realistically, Alphonso figures some extra rest for his injured right knee might not be such a bad thing.

After missing six games, the second-year player returned to action two weeks ago and played two games before aggravating the injury.

"I was a little too anxious to get back," said Alphonso, who has a goal and four assists this season. "I thought it felt good enough."

He has been out of action for the last four games, but hopes to return soon.

"It's frustrating," said Alphonso. " I don't think this is going to be a long-term thing. It's going to be solved in the next couple of weeks."

The 67's will try to stay on track after taking 5-of-6 points last weekend.

They began the weekend with wins over Oshawa and Belleville before losing to Kingston in overtime on Sunday.

Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea will have Danny Battochio in net tonight.

Earlier in the season during a road trip, Battochio made 51 saves during a victory over the Sting, coached by Ottawa native Shawn Camp.

The 67's won 3-1, but didn't clinch the game until Chris Hulit scored into an empty net in the final minute.

"They badly outplayed us, but Danny was spectacular," said Kilrea, whose team was outshot 52-32 in Sarnia.

"We're going to have to remember that."

IN THE CREASE: The Gatineau Olympiques try for a sixth straight win, and the eighth straight at home in QMJHL action tonight against Baie-Comeau ... The Oshawa Generals made a big trade this week, sending veteran forward Adam Berti and defenceman Bret Nasby to the Erie Otters for winger Brett MacLean, defenceman Eric Regan and second-round picks in the next two OHL drafts.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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