67's muzzle 'Dogs

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

67's 8, IceDogs 3

Bob McGinn should expect a special delivery from his son in the next couple of days.

Second-year 67's winger Jamie McGinn scored his first OHL hat trick last night and broke the 20-goal mark for the first time in his junior career during an 8-3 romp over the Mississauga IceDogs at the Civic Centre.

The younger McGinn received a phone call from his dad recently after he reached 19 goals, demanding that he hand over the puck when he scored his 20th.

That occurred in the opening period last night, when McGinn drove into the slot and took a feed from Arron Alphonso to beat IceDogs goalie Lucas Lobsinger.

"It's something special for him, because he really put a lot of time and effort into my hockey when I was growing up," McGinn said of his father's request.

He added two more later, one during a power play in the middle period, and the last one in the third to complete the hat trick.

Logan Couture, one of the OHL's top rookies, also got his 20th goal and added three assists.

"I think you're going to see a lot more four-point nights out of Logan Couture," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea.

KILREA PRAISES LINE

Kilrea praised the work of McGinn and Couture, who played on a line with Alphonso, subbing for Matt Lahey who missed the game with the flu.

"They all worked hard (last night) and they worked well together," said Kilrea. "I'm not going to break up that line."

The 67's took advantage of 13 power-play chances, scoring four times with a man advantage.

Many of those opportunities came in the second period when the IceDogs spent most of their time in the penalty box.

PENALTIES DOG 'DOGS

The 67's broke open a tight game with three straight power-play goals in a span of 3:19, then got a shorthanded goal from McGinn to take a commanding 5-1 lead.

The penalty troubles began for Mississauga when coach Greg Gilbert complained to referee Carman Cox for not calling a penalty against Ottawa defenceman Elgin Reid for a hit against Jadran Beljo.

Gilbert screamed at Cox that Reid delivered an elbow to his player's head and continued the rant as play moved up the ice.

When the referee had heard enough, he issued a bench minor against the IceDogs, then added a delay of game penalty when Gilbert continued the argument.

"Right there, it tells you that something's amiss," Gilbert said after the game.

"The league wants to take hits to the head and hits from behind away, and (Cox) lets that one go."

Chris Hulit, Brett Liscomb, Jakub Vojta and Julian Talbot also scored for the 67's.

The victory opened a 15-point margin for Ottawa on Mississauga for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings, with 12 regular-season games remaining for both clubs.

A MAINE WIN: At Lewiston, Me., the Gatineau Olympiques got goals from Pierre-Luc Lessard and Brad Tesink late in the middle period and hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Lewiston Maineiacs in QMJHL action. David Trembley made 30 saves for the 'Piques (33-19-4-2), who return home to the Guertin Centre tomorrow afternoon to face off against the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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