Logan catches on fast for 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

One more weekend before Christmas for the 67's, then it's Logan's Run.

The 67's will be without Logan Couture until early next year. The rookie will be participating in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Regina.

Tonight's OHL game at the Civic Centre against Belleville gives 67's fans their last chance to see Couture before his departure.

Perhaps missing him most will be 67's coach Brian Kilrea, who has raved about the 16-year-old's performance since his arrival for training camp in late August.

"Far and away, he's given us better than we thought," said Kilrea. "He's come in and played well in some tough situations."

Couture has provided an impact in the offensive zone right away, scoring 13 goals and 29 points in the first half of his debut OHL season.

But it's also in the defensive zone where Couture has been drawing rave reviews from Kilrea.

"He's on the second line and a lot of the times he was playing against overagers and 19-year-olds and he normally wouldn't be in that situation," said Kilrea.

"But he's come in and handled everything and done it well. We've used him even in two-men-down situations. Guys like Alyn McCauley and Andrew Cassels were that type of player."

The world tournament runs from Dec. 29-Jan. 4, and Couture will miss at least three 67's games, including Dec. 28 at home against Kingston.

Tonight's contest begins a three-game weekend for the 67's -- with stops on the road tomorrow in Barrie and Sunday in Oshawa.

Defenceman Jakub Vojta has departed Ottawa and will compete for the Czech team at the world junior championship in Vancouver.

Metcalfe native Brent Mackie takes Vojta's spot in the lineup.

IN THE CREASE: Danny Battochio starts in net tonight and will also get the nod for Sunday's game at Oshawa. Brady Morrison, who beat the Bulls during the last meeting between the clubs, will play on Saturday in Barrie ... Ottawa is 3-2-0 against the Bulls this season ... Belleville made the trip to Ottawa last night to beat the snowstorm.


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