Hendrikx spoils Game 1 for 67's

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

PETERBOROUGH -- A tired group of 67's boarded their bus after last night's playoff opener, having to settle for a moral victory.

An actual win was so close for the underdog 67's, but Peterborough defenceman Trevor Hendrikx crushed those hopes with a goal in double overtime to give his team a 3-2 win at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

"I think a moral victory comes more when you win a game," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea. "But at least some of our guys know that we can play, and we could have won it."

Game 2 of the best-of-seven OHL Eastern Conference quarter-final goes tomorrow at Scotiabank Place.

Hendrikx took advantage of a turnover in the Ottawa zone, made a move around a check at the blue line and ripped a wrist shot by goalie Danny Battochio's blocker for the winner at 13:29 of the second extra period.

"It was huge to get a big win like that against these guys at home," said Hendrikx.

The 67's swept the Petes in four straight during last year's East final, clinching a spot in the Memorial Cup.

In that series, Ottawa began the sweep with a win on Peterborough ice, and the last thing the Petes wanted was a repeat.

But Ottawa, despite finishing the regular season ranked eighth in the conference and 33 points behind first-place Peterborough, gave the Petes everything they could handle.

In fact, Petes goalie David Shantz made a huge leg stop against Arron Alphonso earlier in the second overtime that prevented the 67's from stealing the opener.

"He had a very strong game and he made some key saves," Petes coach Dick Todd said of Shantz, who made 54 saves.

The 67's played without captain Julian Talbot, who served the first game of a three-game ban for receiving a match penalty last Sunday for spearing an opponent in the final game of the regular season.

But Ottawa received outstanding performances from a couple of greenhorns getting their first OHL playoff experience.

Centre Thomas Kiriakou filled Talbot's spot on the front line with wingers Chris Hulit and Brett Liscombe, and scored the tying goal during a two-man power play eight minutes into the third period.

67's rookie Logan Couture also scored his first OHL playoff goal, tying the game during a power play early in the second.

"It's tough right now, because we knew we could have won that game and that we should have won that game," said Couture.


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