67's come up short in goalies' duel

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

Battalion 2, 67's (OT) 1

LAST NIGHT'S game between the 67's and Brampton Battalion turned into a goaltending duel.

Both Danny Battochio and Brampton's Daren Machesney were sharp, and it was a shame that one of them got tagged with a loss.

The result ended up in Brampton's favour, a 2-1 overtime decision in front of 8,354 at the Civic Centre.

Battalion forward Luch Aquino scored the winner during a power play with 2:25 left in extra time.

With Arron Alphonso in the box for holding, Aquino's slapper from the deep slot got through traffic and beat Battochio high over the blocker.

The win gave Brampton an extra point in the ultra-tight playoff race in the OHL's Eastern Conference.

Machesney was last night's star, making 36 saves for the victory.

"He played well," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "We know he's one of the best goaltenders in the league, and he proved it again (last night). It was a goaltenders' game."

With two minutes left in the third period, he stacked his pads and dove across the crease to rob Alphonso on a point-blank shot that could have given the 67's the win.

Machesney made several other key saves, most notably against Jamie McGinn.

"He had my number (last night), for sure," said McGinn. "It's tough when those breaks aren't going your way."

One of his more impressive stops on McGinn came in the second period, when he stuck out his glove at the last moment and kept the puck out of the net just as everyone in the building thought the 67's had an easy goal.

The only Ottawa goal came from rookie Logan Couture early in the third on the tail end of a two-man power play.

Even that goal barely got over the line. Couture fired a shot from the right faceoff circle at Machesney. The goalie got his glove on the puck, but it bounced out of the webbing and trickled into the net.

The Battalion got on the board late in the first period, with Czech rookie Michal Klejna converting a pass from Wojtek Wolski.

After a scoreless second, the 67's pressed for the equalizer and had many opportunities to do it.

They had a two-man power play late in the second that extended into the third, but the Battalion killed it off.

TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE

Ottawa got another two-man advantage a few minutes later, with Tomas Stryncl off for boarding and Phil Oreskovic in the box for roughing.

The Battalion killed off Stryncl's penalty and were on the verge of getting through Oreskovic's minor when Couture scored the tying goal.

Battochio made 23 saves, but headed straight for the dressing room after Aquino's goal, frustrated with Ottawa's third straight overtime loss at home.

It was the Sudbury native's 33rd consecutive start in net at the Civic Centre, a streak that will end tomorrow afternoon when back-up Brady Morrison gets the nod against the visiting Plymouth Whalers.

Ottawa will have captain and centre Julian Talbot back in the lineup after serving a three-game suspension.

'PIQUES WIN: Nick Fugere and Martin Frechette each scored twice and goalie Olivier Laliberte made 25 saves as the Gatineau Olympiques scored an 8-2 road win over the Saint John Sea Dogs in QMJHL action. Brad Tesink, Michael Stinziani, Matthew Pistilli and Claude Giroux also scored for the 'Piques, who are back in action on Tueday against Drummondville at the Robert Guertin Centre.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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