'Dumb on my part'

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

When the 67's saluted their fans from centre ice following yesterday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Sudbury Wolves, they did it without captain Julian Talbot.

A momentary lapse in judgment by the 20-year-old in the team's regular-season finale got him kicked out in the second period, and he could face further suspension from the OHL. If that happens, he'll miss Thursday's Eastern Conference quarter-final opener in Peterborough.

Playing the final regular-season game of his five-year career, Talbot received a match penalty in the second period for spearing Adam McQuaid in the midsection.

McQuaid lay face-down for about three minutes after the spear before leaving the ice. He later returned for the start of the third period and picked up an assist.

The league will review the spear to determine if Talbot will miss any of playoff games.

"We'll have to wait and see," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea.

Talbot, who also delivered a one-fingered salute toward the Sudbury bench after the incident, described his actions as "dumb on my part."

"I wouldn't want to injury anybody. It was just a heat of the moment thing," he said.

Yesterday's game took on a playoff feel of its own, with the teams battling like it was a Memorial Cup final. They fought, they hit hard, and both teams ended up having star players booted out.

Sudbury winger and St. Isidore native Benoit Pouliot received a charging major and game misconduct after he left his feet to deliver a crunching check to the head of Jamie McGinn halfway through the second near the 67's bench.

In the melee that followed, Talbot came charging into the pile and delivered the spear that felled McQuaid.

Talbot claimed McQuaid high-sticked him in the face moments before Pouliot delivered the illegal check to McGinn.

The 67's had a chance for their fourth straight win, with winger Robbie Lawrance getting his second goal of the game (his first multi-goal performance in the OHL) two minutes into the third to put Ottawa ahead 4-2.

But the Wolves fought back with two quick goals to tie it.

After overtime solved nothing, the game went to a shootout, the first one at the Civic Centre since the OHL implemented them at the start of the season. Nick Foligno scored the only goal, beating Danny Battochio on a deke.

Wolves goalie Kevin Beech stopped 41 shots, including seven during overtime and all three in the shootout against Logan Couture, Chris Hulit and Matt Lahey.

If the Wolves had lost the shootout, they would have finished sixth in the Eastern Conference, but the win moved them into fifth, setting up a first-round series with Kingston. The other conference playoff matchups have Brampton against Belleville and Barrie vs. St. Mikes.


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