67's foil re-Pete plans

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:17 PM ET

A few weeks ago, the Ottawa 67's would have been satisfied to have kept it close against the powerful Peterborough Petes.

That's no longer the case -- not by a longshot.

The 67's not only achieved the once-thought-impossible feat of beating the Petes yesterday at the Civic Centre, but they dominated the No.1-ranked team in major junior hockey during a 5-1 victory.

It was no fluke.

To a man, including coach Brian Kilrea, the 67's feel yesterday's win was the most important of the year.

Normally after games, Kilrea will critique one aspect of the team's performance, even if his squad wins by a wide margin. Not yesterday.

"We did a lot of things well," he said, clearly pleased with his club's fourth win in its last five games.

"The power play moved the puck and we got our shots. I know we got a couple of bounces that went our way. But when you work hard, good things happen, and we worked hard."

The 67's got things rolling in the first, capitalizing on a two-man power play.

With Jordan Staal and Bryan Young in the box for the Petes late in the period, Julian Talbot knocked a loose puck past goalie David Shantz to give Ottawa the lead.

Then the 67's took control in the second, outscoring the Petes 3-1 in the frame and outshooting their opponents 23-17. Chris Hulit scored his 19th goal of the season halfway through on a lucky bounce.

Talbot showed good hustle behind the net, and knocked the puck to Hulit at the right faceoff circle.

Hulit's quick wrist shot glanced off the leg of defenceman Trevor Hendrikx, and the puck got behind Shantz on the short side, just inside the post.

Peterborough's Greg Stewart scored 17 seconds later on goalie Danny Battochio to get the Petes back within a goal.

But blueliner Derek Joslin regained Ottawa's two-goal advantage three minutes later, directing a shot from the point that found its way through traffic into the net, just as a penalty against Peterborough's Burke MacDonald had expired.

Robbie Lawrance got his second goal of the season before the end of the second. Matt Lahey completed the rout with a tip-in goal on a power play in the third.

"Right from the goaltender through to the forwards, everybody played 100%," said Joslin who had a three-point game with the goal and two assists. "That's the kind of game we need. If we can carry that and build on this, we could go on a run here."

Battochio made 36 saves and won his 12th game of the season. "It's coming up to that time just before Christmas where everybody is starting to play at their best," said Battochio. "After Christmas on, we should be playing at 100%. Everybody's used to everything, and I think we're seeing a bit of that come into play right now.

Ottawa also handed the Petes a third straight defeat, which could have implications in the upcoming week's CHL rankings.

Peterborough had a 15-game winning streak snapped in Saginaw on Nov. 27, and has since dropped games to Sarnia and Ottawa.

ANOTHER WIN FOR 'PIQUES: At Victoriaville, overager Guillaume Labrecque scored three goals as the Gatineau Olympiques won their seventh straight, an 8-0 drubbing of the Tigres in QMJHL play. The 'Piques also got a pair of goals from Nick Fugere, and one each from Darryl Smith, Brett Morrison and Cam Fergus. David Tremblay made 34 stops for the shutout, his second of the season.

IN THE CREASE: Ottawa LW Bryan Bickell had an eight-game goal scoring streak snapped yesterday ... The 67's are off until Thursday's rematch against the Petes in Peterborough ... The win was Ottawa's first in three tries against the Petes this year.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com

67's 5

Petes 1


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