For 67's captain Julian Talbot, there's only hope.
Hope that his team can duplicate a performance in January when it blanked the Peterborough Petes 5-0 when he missed two periods of the game after getting booted out.
Talbot was suspended yesterday by the OHL for a spearing incident Sunday at the Civic Centre that will see the 67's captain sit out the first three games of their opening-round playoff series vs. the Petes.
"I'm very disappointed because this is my last year. It's going to be tough to watch those games," said the 20-year-old Talbot, who has spent all five of his OHL seasons in Ottawa.
Talbot received a match penalty and expulsion during last Sunday's final game of the regular season against the Sudbury Wolves.
During a melee near the 67's bench, Talbot speared Wolves defenceman Adam McQuaid in the midsection.
McQuaid lay face-down on the ice for several minutes after the spear before leaving the ice.
He returned to action later, however, and had an assist on a game-tying goal.
A match penalty for spearing in the OHL carries an automatic three-game suspension, but each incident is reviewed.
The league received a videotape of the game from the 67's and upheld the automatic three-game penalty.
Ted Baker, the OHL's director of officiating, said the video-tape provided no evidence that would warrant a reduction in the suspension, calling Talbot's action a "classic spear to the midsection of an opponent."
"We would have been concerned if a match penalty hadn't been assessed," said Baker.
Talbot didn't see it that way, accusing McQuaid of embellishing an injury to coax referees to call a match penalty.
"Maybe he should get a couple of games for diving," Talbot said.