67's show heart

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

ONLY roll in the spring muck would have provided a grittier performance than last night's effort by the 67's.

They appeared to be down and out early during their playoff game at Scotiabank Place, but staged a superlative comeback during an 8-4 victory over the Peterborough Petes.

The win tied the Eastern Conference quarter-final at 1-1 with Game 3 tomorrow night in Peterborough.

After falling behind 4-1 in the first and seeing starting goalie Danny Battochio pulled after allowing three goals on four shots, the 67's rallied for seven straight goals.

Winger Brett Liscomb led the charge with a career night, picking up a goal and five assists.

"I kind of feel like (Rob) Schremp out there," said a beaming Liscomb after the game, speaking about the league's leading scorer.

"I think this was one of those games where everything just clicked for me."

Trailing 4-2 heading into the second, the rally began in the opening minute of the middle period when Chris Hulit scored on a penalty shot after he was hooked down on a shorthanded break by Russell native Trevor Hendrikx.

That goal lifted the 67's and deflated the Petes who proceeded to take a series of penalties, on which Ottawa took absolute advantage.

With Peterborough's Lubomir Stach and Jamie Tardif in the penalty box, Ottawa defenceman Joe Grimaldi tied the game with a shot from the point.

Then with Petes pest Steve Downie in the box for tripping, Arron Alphonso scored the go-ahead marker off a scramble in front during the fifth minute of the second.

"We lost control of this game," said Petes centre Jordan Staal.

"We just took dumb penalties and we just can't do that against this team. Their power play was on fire tonight and it cost us."

Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea lauded Liscomb's effort, comparing his energy to a "whirling devil."

"He created an awful lot for us out there," said the coach. "He showed an awful lot of heart to the rest of the guys."

David Shantz left the Petes' net after Alphonso's goal, replaced by Trevor Cann.

Brady Morrison, the 67's backup goalie, entered the game in the eighth minute of the opening period after Peterborough's Jordan Morrison's sharp-angle shot from the left boards got through Battochio's skates for a 3-1 Petes lead.

Peterborough took a 4-1 lead on a Daniel Ryder goal later in the period, but it was the only time the Petes would beat Morrison on 33 shots.

Kilrea said Battochio will start Game 3.

"Brady's always been ready and he's given us some great minutes down the stretch. I'm glad for him, and I'm glad for us," said Kilrea

Ottawa captain Julian Talbot served the second game of a three-game suspension and will miss tomorrow's rematch in Peterborough.

The 67's will likely be without defenceman Elgin Reid, who received a gross misconduct penalty in the final period for flipping the puck into the crowd following a whistle. The league will review the game report, but Kilrea figured he'll lose Reid for the next match.

"Is it going to hurt? You're not kidding it's going to hurt," said Kilrea.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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