Rookies pull weight in loss to Bulls

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

The 67's received a strong effort from first-year players in their first pre-season game.

They didn't get enough from the rest, however.

Falling behind 3-0 early, the 67's wound up dropping a 4-1 decision to the Belleville Bulls before 4,260 fans at the Civic Centre last night.

FACE KINGSTON

Brian Kilrea's crew is in Kingston tomorrow afternoon to face the Frontenacs for its second pre-season game.

"I thought the rookies accounted for themselves extremely well," said Kilrea.

"I don't think some of the vets put the effort in that's needed, and this is the time they should be leading."

Ottawa's lone goal was produced by its three second-rounders, as Matt Ribeiro scored with assists going to Cody Lindsay and Stittsville's Thomas Nesbitt.

FLUELER MAKES 17 SAVES

The Bulls scored three times on 18 shots against Brady Morrison, last season's backup.

Swiss rookie Lukas Flueler came on to stop 17 of the 18 shots he faced.

Belleville scored two of its goals while short-handed.

"Flueler played extremely well," said Kilrea. "He made some big saves to give us a chance at getting back in the game. But we just couldn't muster anything with the score 3-1."


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