Preying on the weak

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

67's 7, Sting 4

For the 67's, last night's win over the Sarnia Sting was like beating up a weak little brother.

The Sting, which was missing four defencemen to injury, entered the game with little left in the tank after a big win in Peterborough the previous night.

The 67's took advantage, racking up a 3-0 lead in the first period before pulling away in the third during a 7-4 decision in front of 6,791 at the Civic Centre.

Matt Lahey scored back-to-back goals early in the final frame to break open a one-goal game, and rookie Logan Couture completed a four-point night, scoring his first shorthanded goal in the OHL later in the period.

Couture, Ottawa's top pick during last May's OHL draft, has 11 goals and 24 points and could reach the 25-goal milestone before the end of the regular season.

"It's nice to get the points, but it's a good win for us," said Couture. "We're a young team, but it looks like we're coming together."

Ottawa has three wins in its last four games, and the lone loss came in overtime against divisional-rival Kingston last weekend.

They've got another big game coming up tomorrow against the Petes, rated the top team in junior hockey.

Last night, the 67's took a 3-0 lead early in the first on goals from Jamie McGinn, Brent Mackie and Bryan Bickell. Sting coach and Ottawa native Shawn Camp called a timeout after the third 67's goal and that seemed to get his players back into the game.

Sarnia scored with 1:28 left in the first on their 16th shot against Danny Battochio and narrowed the Ottawa lead to one when Chad Painchaud scored the lone goal of the second period.

But Lahey got the next two early in the third, including one during a two-man power play with the Sting serving a penalty for too many men, and Painchaud in the box after being nabbed for diving.

Couture's shorthanded goal gave the 67's a three-goal advantage, but the Sting replied with goals from Nick Tuzzolino and Ryan McInerney.

Bickell then sealed the deal with an empty-netter.

Lahey, Couture and McGinn combined for eight points on the night.

"Couture and McGinn are both workhorses," said Lahey. "Pretty much, I'm just standing in front of the net and they're just giving it to me."

OLYMPIQUES PREVAIL: David Krejci scored three goals and had an assist, while Pierre-Luc Lessard had five points and Claude Giroux had four assists during a 6-1 Olympiques victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar at the Guertin Centre. The 'Piques have won six straight and eight in a row at home.

IN THE CREASE: The 'Piques have given assistant coach Mario Richer a three-year contract extension. Earlier in the season, Gatineau added four years to coach Benoit Groulx' contract.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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