Double trouble for 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

Battalion 4, 67's 2

The 67's lost more than a game to the Brampton Battalion last night.

They also watched winger Jamie McGinn leave the Civic Centre wearing a neck brace after a collision late in the third period of a 4-2 loss to Brampton.

Replays were inconclusive, but the 67's reported McGinn's head struck the knee of teammate Logan Couture during a rush in front of the Brampton net.

McGinn crashed to the ice and lay near the Battalion goal for two minutes while being aided by 67's therapist Brian Patafie. The player then left the ice, appearing to favour his left shoulder, and was sent to the Ottawa Hospital's General campus to have x-rays.

''I don't know what happened and I'm not sure how he got hurt,'' said 67's coach-GM Brian Kilrea.

It's unclear how long McGinn will be out of the lineup, but he likely won't play tomorrow when Ottawa hosts the Barrie Colts.

The 67's don't want to go without McGinn for too long as the team prepares for a first-round playoff showdown with the Peterborough Petes. The second-year winger has been one of Ottawa's most consistent performers.

Last night, he scored his 25th goal of the season during a power play that got the 67's to within a goal after they fell behind 3-0.

Ottawa's loss along with a win by Belleville and shootout loss by Peterborough last night solidified the 67's first-round playoff series against the Petes. The series will open March 23 in Peterborough before coming back to Ottawa for Game 2 at Scotiabank Place on March 25.

Last night's loss was Ottawa's fifth straight, with four games left in the regular season.

''We've been losing close games, but the way to get out of that is to elevate your game,'' said Kilrea. ''But we haven't done that. In fact, I'd have to say some of the guys have seen their games deteriorate.''

The Battalion scored the first three goals of the middle period on goalie Brady Morrison before the 67's came back with two quick ones from linemates Matt Lahey and McGinn.

Graham McNabb scored an insurance goal for the visitors late in the third.

The win gave Brampton a four-game sweep of the 67's in the regular season.

'piques win: In QMJHL action, the Olympiques got the game-winning goal in a shootout from David Krejci during a 2-1 victory over Rouyn-Noranda at the Robert Guertin Centre.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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