67's put boot to Colts

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

There's something about the Civic Centre that always seems to bring the worst out of the Barrie Colts.

Either that, or eureka! -- the Ottawa 67's seem to find their best game whenever Barrie comes to town. The Colts haven't won in Ottawa in more than two years, and the trend continued yesterday during a 6-0 win for the 67's in front of 7,954 faithful at Lansdowne Park.

Including three wins at home during last year's Eastern Conference quarter-final, the 67's have won eight straight over their brethren from Barrie.

Yesterday, they beat a Colts team that entered the game with 14 more wins.

Colts sniper Bryan Little said it's tough to explain.

"For some reason, we kind of play a little more intimidated here," said Little, Barrie's top scorer with 40 goals and 103 points.

"I don't know if it's the large crowd and how loud the fans are, but for some reason, we really don't show up."

The 67's sure did, getting a pair of goals from rookie Logan Couture, who was jokingly mocked by teammate Elgin Reid in the dressing room post-game as being "the saviour of Ottawa."

Goalie Danny Battochio made 32 saves and the big stops he needed to post his third shutout of the season. Ottawa also received good efforts from players like Robbie Lawrance, Pat Ouellette and Tibor Radulay, who cashed in on an opportunity for extra ice time with winger Jamie McGinn out with an injury.

Ouellette and Radulay also scored, while Reid and Brett Liscomb provided the other 67's markers.

"Is that the same team I've been coaching?" was the witticism provided by coach Brian Kilrea during his follow-up scrum.

The win broke a five-game losing slide by Ottawa, which has three regular-season games remaining before starting the playoffs against Peterborough next week.

"It's important for us because when you win, everybody feels a little bit better," said Kilrea, whose team played without McGinn, who suffered a neck sprain during Friday's loss to Brampton.

McGinn won't play tomorrow night in Kingston and the team won't attempt to rush him back into the lineup for the final weekend of the regular-season.

But McGinn wants to return as soon as possible to get ready for the playoff opener March 23 in Peterborough.

The 67's were also without defenceman Brodie Beard (groin injury) and winger Matt Lahey, who also nursed minor ailments.

Kilrea said it's doubtful either would play tomorrow in Kingston, where the 67's have allowed 19 goals in the last two visits, including a 10-4 drubbing on Valentine's Day.

The 67's believe a good showing in Kingston, their final road game of the season, might give them a shot of confidence heading into next week's playoff opener.

"You need to be able to win on the road. That was a big part of our run last year," said Reid.

FOUR STRAIGHT FOR 'PIQUES: At Victoriaville, David Tremblay stopped 29 shots as the Gatineau Olympiques downed the Victoriaville Tigres 4-1 in QMJHL action. Matthew Pistilli, Brad Tesink, Mathieu Curadeau and, with his first QMJHL goal of the season, Eddy Martin-Whalen scored for Gatineau, which won its fourth straight. The 'Piques play their final home game of the regular season Wednesday at the Guertin Centre against the Tigres.


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