67's spoil goalie's return

MIKE BEASLEY -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:20 AM ET

67's 5, Spitfires 2

It wasn't exactly the homecoming goaltender Anthony Guadagnolo was looking for.

But that's just fine with the 67's.

Guadagnolo, the Windsor Spitfires netminder who spent two seasons with the 67's before his trade request was granted earlier this season, would have loved to beat his old mates in their rink.

Instead, Brodie Beard scored and added three assists as the 67's pulled out a 5-2 victory in front of 6,303 faithful fans at the Civic Centre

"Anthony wanted a chance to prove he could be a No. 1 goalie in this league," said Ottawa coach/GM Brian Kilrea. He has been playing well for Windsor, but had no chance on some of the goals (last night)."

There is no question Guadagnolo qualifies as a premier starter in the OHL. The 19-year old ranks second in save percentage (.920) and third in goals-against average (2.74).

But last night wasn't his night.

Windsor jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at 8:27 of the first period when Brett Liscomb finished off a nice three-way passing play with teammates Ryan Garlock and Cory McGillis, who snapped a quick shot over the glove of 67's goalie Danny Battochio.

Three minutes later, 67's rookie Matt Lahey evened the score on a two-man advantage with his 12th goal of the season, beating Guadagnolo with a great shot from the top of the face-off circle.

Brian Bickell put Ottawa ahead 2-1 with less than a minute remaining in the period when he deflected Beard's point shot into the net.

The 67's looked to be in command of the game when Chris Hulit notched his 20th goal of the season at the 47-second mark of the middle frame, but Paul McFarland brought Windsor to within a goal, batting down a thigh-high shot past Battochio with four seconds remaining in the period.

Beard then collected his fourth point of the game at 10:29 of the third period when his shot from the blue line went off a Windsor defenceman, giving the 67's a comfortable 4-2 lead.

"I've never scored four points in one OHL game and to score them against my buddy is pretty special," Beard said.

Elgin Reid sealed the victory when his shot from the blue line found the mesh about four minutes later.


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