67's bounce back from loss

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

That was more like it.

67's coach Brian Kilrea gave his team credit yesterday after getting an important win in Belleville on Wednesday.

The 67's rebounded from a disinterested performance in a home loss to Plymouth on Sunday by getting an early lead in an eventual 2-1 victory over the Bulls, breaking a three-game skid.

"It seems that a lot of times lately we're always facing a deficit because we don't start off well," said Kilrea. "You can't afford to give any teams the early edge. We didn't go out and lose the game in the first 10 minutes."

Defenceman Joe Grimaldi gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead in the first period, then Chris Hulit made it 2-0 in the third.

Goalie Danny Battochio, who will also start tonight's game at the Civic Centre against the Saginaw Spirit, made 25 saves and was beaten only once late in the third.

Kilrea juggled his lines, keeping the top unit intact with captain Julian Talbot between wingers Hulit and Jamie McGinn.

But he made adjustments on the second and third lines. Logan Couture had fellow rookie Shea Kewin and Robbie Lawrance as wingers, and Thomas Kiriakou centred another unit with Arron Alphonso and Brett Liscomb.

Kilrea said the lines would remain together for tonight's game.

Matt Lahey, who suffered a rib injury last weekend, missed Wednesday's game and will be out tonight.

SAVAGE AUCTION: The 67's, Senators and OHL announced a joint fund-raising effort yesterday for the Sebastien Savage Fund. An online auction for hockey memorabilia will be established, including jerseys signed by Senators plus Sidney Crosby and Martin Brodeur. The CHL has also donated all game-worn jerseys from last month's top prospects game in Ottawa. The auction site is under construction, but fans will eventually be able to find it at www.hockeycountryauction.com. Savage, 24, was paralyzed in an on-ice accident while playing for the University of Moncton.


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