67's can't quell Storm's advance

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

A few months back, 67's coach Brian Kilrea praised the Guelph Storm for being a team "that always works."

His team saw it first-hand yesterday, losing 4-2 to the Storm at the Civic Centre.

Kilrea hoped for a replay of last November's performance in Guelph, when the 67's rallied for an early lead before hanging on for a 5-3 victory.

But the opposite happened yesterday.

The 67's trailed by a pair before the game was 11 minutes old, and were in a big hole when Guelph's Ryan Callahan scored in the final minute of the opening period.

"They play well, and that's why they're one of the best teams," said Kilrea.

"They don't give up a lot (of goals) and you have to fight through them, you have to work, and we didn't outwork anyone to get a loose puck."

The Callahan goal did the most damage to the 67's.

Just before, Ottawa had a power play and had a few chances, only to be denied by goalie Ryan MacDonald, who was outstanding, making 32 saves in the game.

"Just to have that momentum going into the second period was huge because they were pressing us a little bit at the end of the first," said Callahan, who scored his team-leading 38th of the season.

After a scoreless second, the 67's tried to get back into it. Joe Grimaldi scored his fourth with Ottawa since joining the team last month, getting a partial break while the 67's were shorthanded.

Ottawa had a 14-6 edge in shots in the final period, but the Storm got an insurance goal from Tyler Doig with a little more than two minutes left.

That goal came shortly after Ottawa lost winger Jamie McGinn for the remainder of the game when referee Carman Cox sent him to the locker room with a misconduct.

McGinn took the penalty after complaining to Cox about calling a diving penalty when Guelph forward Brandon Biggers pushed him down in the crease after the whistle.

Kilrea hollered at Cox after the call, but refused to comment on it after the game.

Ottawa got a goal by Derek Joslin, his 10th of the year, in the final minute.

Morrison made his third straight start as Danny Battochio continued to battle the flu. The backup goalie had a decent game yesterday, making 22 stops, including one against Mike McLean on a breakaway in the second.

Battochio said he should be ready for tomorrow night's game in Kingston against the Frontenacs.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the 67's, who have yet to win three straight this season.


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