67's state their case

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:50 PM ET

67's 5, Petes 0

In many ways, it was a statement game for the 67's.

And a statement victory.

Their 5-0 win last night over the Peterborough Petes, the top-ranked team in the OHL, could go a long way in boosting the confidence of Brian Kilrea's team as it heads into the final portion of the OHL's regular season.

"I think what we're trying to tell the rest of the league is we can play when we play well," said Kilrea.

Suddenly in the thick of a battle for an Eastern Conference playoff spot, the 67's delivered one of their strongest performances of the season in front of 9,154 fans at the Civic Centre.

The 67's dominated the Petes in a rough-and-tumble contest, and scored a second straight victory at home over Peterborough.

And they did it for most of the night without captain Julian Talbot, who was kicked out late in the first period after driving Petes forward Patrick Kaleta from behind and into the boards.

Talbot went to the aid of teammate Jamie McGinn, who took a shot from Kaleta just prior to the hit, and claimed Kaleta turned at the last second before he delivered the check.

RETURNED TO ACTION

Kaleta stayed down for a few minutes while being treated, but returned to action in the next period.

"It seemed like he'd be out for the rest of the game, but then he was back playing the next shift," said Talbot. "It's frustrating and disappointing because I have to miss games for that."

Talbot will miss tonight's rematch in Peterborough, receiving an automatic suspension for the major penalty which will also be reviewed by the league.

The Petes were missing super-pest Steve Downie, one of the heroes of Canada's recent gold- medal win at the world juniors, who served the fourth game of a five-game suspension.

Peterborough also lost winger Justin Soryal in the second period for delivering an elbow to the mouth of Ottawa blueliner Elgin Reid.

"Peterborough tried to intimidate us with their physical presence, but we can play physical, too," said defenceman Derek Joslin, who scored one of the 67's goals.

"When we get them running around and start popping the puck in the net, they don't know what to do and that's our game plan."

The 67's received several strong performances.

Goalie Danny Battochio stopped 36 shots to record his and the team's first shutout of the season.

"We're always for real and you can't count us out," said Battochio. "We can be up and down a lot, but we know we can play with everybody."

Winger Brett Liscomb had two assists in his first appearance at the Civic Centre since being acquired in a trade with Windsor.

Logan Couture, with two goals, and McGinn and rookie Joe Grimaldi also scored.

IN THE CREASE: Claude Giroux and Nick Fugere each had a goal and two assists as the Olympiques upset Chicoutimi 4-1 last night in QMJHL action at the Guertin Centre. Mathieu Curadeau and David Krejci also scored for the 'Piques ... The 67's complete the weekend schedule with a home game tomorrow against Owen Sound (3 p.m.).

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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