67's feeling the rush

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

67's 5, Generals (OT) 4

Just back from a "stinger" that kept him out of the lineup for two games, Jamie McGinn stung the Oshawa Generals last night.

The 67's winger scored on an outstanding solo rush --beating defenceman Justin Sawyer to the outside, kicking the puck up to his size 12 skate then going top corner, stick side on goalie Carlo DiRienzo -- with 30 seconds left in overtime.

The goal, his 26th of the season, gave Ottawa a 5-4 victory in front of 8,326 fans at the Civic Centre.

"Once the puck was in my feet I was kinda worried I lost it," said McGinn. "I got it back, noticed (Julian) Talbot was covered then just put it up.

"(The goal) came at the right time."

The win was the third in a row for the 67's as they play the final weekend with the mindset of building momentum for their first round playoff series with the Eastern Conference-leading Peterborough Petes.

The 67's, who are 2-4 against the Petes this season and swept them in the third round of the playoffs last year, are starting to feel pretty good about themselves at just the right time.

EXCITED FOR PLAYOFFS

"We're excited to be in the playoffs, first off," said McGinn, one of the 17-year-olds Ottawa has reason to be pumped about.

"And we're excited to be playing them. I think they're getting a little nervous."

Talbot and Logan Couture scored 77 seconds apart early in the third to give Ottawa a 4-3 lead. It was Couture's second goal of the night, 25th of the season, and third point of the game.

The lead stood until Oshawa rookie Brett Parnham notched his first goal of the season with 4:28 left in regulation.

The 67's were unable to capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:32, carrying over from the third to overtime.

They also had to kill a penalty in the extra session, and survived defeat by inches when 15-year-old rookie sensation John Tavaras hit the crossbar.

"I'm just happy we won," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea.

"We saw some rust, we saw some turnovers, but with a result like that sometimes you forget about it.

"Allowing four goals against was disappointing though" added Kilrea. "This is a time we should be tightening up."

Cal Clutterbuck scored the only two goals of the second period -- completing a natural hat trick he started at the 13:49 mark of the first -- to give the Generals a 3-2 lead.

Former 67's centre Peter Tsimikalis moved closer to a milestone mark when he assisted on Clutterbuck's power-play goal in the first.

It was Tsimikalis' 98th point of the season.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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