Knights 5, 67's 2
With a playoff spot already locked up, the 67's didn't really have much to lose last night against the London Knights.
But they still gave it a decent show against one of the best teams in the OHL before losing 5-2 at the Civic Centre.
Despite Danny Battochio's best efforts, the Knights broke open a scoreless game with a pair of goals in the middle period.
The Knights scored three power-play goals while Rob Schremp tallied twice to reach the 50-goal milestone. David Bolland, Jordan Foreman and rookie Kris Belan also scored for the visitors.
The 67's made it 2-1 early in the third when Jamie McGinn wristed a shot behind goalie Steve Mason.
But the Knights struck back a few minutes later, with Schremp getting his 51st goal of the season with one second left in a power play after an Ottawa giveaway while trying to ice the puck.
''We gave it away, that made it 3-1, and we sagged after that,'' said 67's coach Brian Kilrea.
Foreman's goal three minutes later put the 67's too far behind for a recovery.
Ottawa winger Chris Hulit reached the 30-goal milestone for the first time in his four-year OHL career, scoring with six minutes left.
Mason made 25 saves, while the Knights' No. 1 goalie Adam Dennis watched from the bench.
With the victory, London opened a seven-point gap on the Kitchener Rangers in the race for first overall in the Western Conference.
''This was huge because Kitchener's right on our heels,'' said Schremp. ''We've got to keep winning, and we're doing a great job right now.''
Knights coach Dale Hunter served the first of a two-game suspension last night.
The OHL yesterday morning also suspended Peterborough coach Dick Todd for two games after the Petes and Knights had four separate fights during the first eight seconds of Thursday's game in Peterborough.
Todd will be absent when the 67's face the Petes tomorrow at the Civic Centre.
Ottawa gained a berth in the post season after the Mississauga IceDogs were eliminated with a loss to St. Michael's on Thursday.
With the 67's likely to finish eighth in the Eastern Conference, tomorrow's game against the Petes appears to be a preview of the post-season's opening round.
'PIQUES WIN: Brett Morrison scored a hat trick as the Gatineau Olympiques downed Drummondville 7-4 in QMJHL action last night at the Robert Guertin Centre. Claude Giroux had a five-point night (1G, 4A) while Pierre-Luc Lessard, Michel Champagne and Darryl Smith also scored for Gatineau.