67's too 'casual' in loss

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Fans of the 67's got a chance yesterday to see both sides of a team that sometimes excites, but often frustrates.

For the first two periods, they witnessed the annoying part, as the St. Michael's Majors staked a three-goal lead.

Fans were then on the edge of their seats for a thrilling third period which saw Ottawa score three times to tie the game and send it to overtime. But they left frustrated, as Majors forward Tyler Donati scored the winning goal 47 seconds into the extra period to hand Ottawa a 7-6 loss at the Civic Centre.

Donati took the puck from along the right boards and skated untouched into the slot.

Then he threw an off-balance wrist shot in the direction of the Ottawa net that appeared to be tipped by teammate Jeff Larsh before the puck trickled behind Danny Battochio for the deciding goal.

It was one of those situations where the 67's weren't happy about earning the point just for making it into overtime.

They knew full well a three-goal comeback wouldn't have been required had they decided to show up at the start.

"A lot of times, I don't think we're coming out as hard as we want at the beginning of the first period," said 67's defenceman Brodie Beard.

"I think it's just a matter of coming ready for the game and having a good start."

The 67's actually did get off to a decent start yesterday, posting an early 2-1 lead on goals by Jamie McGinn and Julian Talbot.

Majors coach Bud Stefanski replaced starting goalie Wayne Savage with newcomer Ryan Nie after Talbot's goal at 11:40 of the first, a move that seemed to spark the Majors.

Tyler Haskins scored his first of three goals during a power play, and Justin Donati gave the Majors their first lead during another man advantage later in the first.

After Haskins' short-handed goal, halfway through the second, McGinn chipped it back to a one-goal lead with a power-play marker from his knees a few minutes later.

Back-to-back goals from Matt Halischuk and Haskins gave the Majors a comfortable advantage going into the third, when 67's rookie Logan Couture scored his 13th of the season nine minutes in.

Then Ottawa rallied to even it up.

Bryan Bickell scored at the 13:22 mark and two minutes later, Chris Hulit drove to the net and tipped a Talbot pass behind Nie to even the score, prompting a standing ovation from many of the 7,543 spectators.

It was a display of acclaim in which Kilrea wouldn't have participated.

"A lot of it has to do with desire and attitude," he said. "When you want to come to the rink and play, you should want to come play your best.

"We've got some guys that are playing the game casual, and it's costing us."


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