Talbot closes in on bro Joe

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

In three weeks, Julian Talbot will play his final regular-season game for the 67's, his junior hockey career winding down after four impressive seasons in the red, white and black.

And it might not be until that day -- when his team, fittingly, plays against his hometown Sudbury Wolves -- that the 67's captain finds out if he achieves a significant personal milestone.

Before last night's game in Erie, Talbot had 79 career goals and 212 points in four seasons with Ottawa, leaving him 16 points short of equalling his older brother, Joe, who also played four seasons with Ottawa in an outstanding OHL career.

The Talbot siblings aren't the only brother combo to wear a 67's uniform, but it must be argued they made a more significant impact than any other fraternal mix in the team's history.

And that's quite an accomplishment, considering the calibre of brothers who have played for the team in the past, like Doug and Murray Wilson or Denis and Jean Potvin.

Joe Talbot, who was team captain during his final season in 2001, made an impact in his rookie year, helping the 67's win the Memorial Cup eight years ago.

He provided the 67's with spark off the third line, scoring Ottawa's first goal of the event on a shorthanded breakaway against Roberto Luongo, who played goal for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

The older Talbot, a fifth-round draft pick by the 67's, was also a key contributor in 2001 when the club upset the Plymouth Whalers to capture the OHL title.

EIGHTH-ROUND PICK

The next season, Julian Talbot joined the club after being taken in the eighth round of the OHL draft. And just like his older brother, he helped the team get further than expected in a playoff run, as demonstrated last year when the 67's won the Eastern Conference championship, mainly behind the outstanding goaltending of another Sudbury kid, Danny Battochio.

But coach Brian Kilrea also praised Talbot during the playoff run, noting the player's work ethic which he undoubtedly learned from his older brother.

In his rookie campaign, Julian Talbot had 10 goals, 28 points and 13 penalty minutes -- identical numbers to those posted by his older brother in his rookie year five years earlier.

It would be fitting if the younger brother finished this season and his regular-season career with the same number of points as his older brother.

Together they have contributed more than 500 games, nearly 200 goals and almost 450 points to the 67's franchise.

The Talbot brothers can also claim three trips to the Memorial Cup, a league title and two conference championships.

That's quite a wallop from a couple of brothers from the little village of Wahnapitae.

A STATEMENT: Looks like the Kingston Frontenacs have given the Peterborough Petes something to think about heading into the playoffs.

The Frontenacs shut out the Petes 4-0 on Friday night in Kingston, handing the front-running Peterborough squad a third loss in the last five games.

It was also a second straight win by Kingston over the Petes, who lead the OHL East.

Peterborough remains the top team in the conference, and will be considered the team to beat when the post-season begins in less than a month.

But if these two clubs meet for the conference title, the Frontenacs can look back on the recent wins over the Petes for inspiration.

Last month, the Fronts had four players in the CHL top prospects game at Scotiabank Place, and many believe the team will make a run for the league title next season.

Their recent performances, however, might suggest that Kingston is ready to make a run this year.

IN THE CREASE: The Pembroke Lumber Kings had an 11-game win streak snapped last Wednesday by the Ottawa Jr. Senators at the Jim Durrell Arena. It was another penalty-filled game involving the Kings, following last Sunday's melee -- both on the ice and in the stands -- in Pembroke during a game between the Kings and the Nepean Raiders ... The CJHL issued several suspensions after the Raiders-Kings game, including three-game bans to a trio of Pembroke players and a three-game suspension to coach Kevin Abrams. Nepean coach Chris Byrne received a one-game ban, while three of his players were also suspended ... Orleans native and Frontenacs goalie Danny Taylor posted his third shutout of the season in Friday's win over the Petes.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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