Hot Ryder runs all over 67's

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

A Kodak moment from the 67's Memorial Cup win on home ice in 1999 saw assistant coach Vincent Malette leap for joy from the boards to the ice.

Last night, as coach of the visiting Peterborough Petes, Malette was far more subdued in victory.

In their first home game of the 2006-07 season, meanwhile, it was the 67's who fell flat on their face.

"Our goaltender gave us a chance to win ... when we were down 5-on-3 he was the best player on the ice," Malette said after almost sheepishly walking across the ice from the visitors' bench after a 5-1 beating of his old team. "When we got a chance to score, we scored. That was the difference."

Jamie McGinn was the only 67 to beat Petes goalie Trevor Cann, who was solid in stopping 36 shots.

Making his first OHL appearance, Swiss netminder Lukas Flueler faced 29 shots and could not be blamed for the loss.

The best player on the ice, however, was Petes winger Daniel Ryder. A night after putting together a six-point game against the Oshawa Generals, the Calgary Flames draft pick led the Petes with four goals and an assist. Steve Downie had the other Peterborough goal.

9,158 WATCH

The loss, in front of 9,158, dropped the 67's record to 0-2. The Petes, who are battling the injury bug and still waiting to see if star centre Jordan Staal returns from the Pittsburgh Penguins, are now 3-1.

"That's a good hockey club ... I think they have the best defence in the conference," maintained Malette, who said he didn't feel comfortable watching from the south side of the building because he's "used to looking the other way."

At times last night, Brian Kilrea probably wanted to do the same.

The 67's survived three straight penalties early in the first, with one of their most noticeable "killers" being first round pick Tyler Cuma. The 16-year-old defenceman would go on to be one of their best players on this night -- and as a winger. Ottawa's top line and veteran defencemen, meanwhile, did a lot of standing around in their own end.

After Ryder was given slot room to give Peterborough the first lead with a shot that beat Flueler on the glove side midway through the first period, Downie made it 2-0 with a little less than five minutes to go.

Watching as Downie stepped out from behind the net and beat Flueler with a low backhand was the Logan Couture line (with wingers McGinn and Matt Lahey) plus veteran defencemen Derek Joslin and Jakub Vojta.

Oh yes, Joslin, Lahey and McGinn were also on for the Ryder goal.

NOT ENOUGH EMOTION

"I thought we worked hard, but I don't think we played with a lot of emotion," said Kilrea. "We coughed up a couple of pucks, and they can move it around pretty good."

Joslin made a nice glove play at the blue line as the 67's got one back on the power play early in the second. After keeping the puck in the zone, he passed to Couture, who set McGinn up with an open side.

But Couture, McGinn, Lahey, Joslin and Joe Grimaldi looked to be stuck in quicksand as the Petes buzzed the net late in the middle period before finally going up 3-1 on another goal by Ryder.

Ryder made it 4-1 in the first minute of the third when he stripped Grimaldi of the puck and cruised in on a breakaway.

"I thought Flueler played well," said Kilrea. "We got off to a tough start with those 5-on-3s and we survived those.

"Those (situations) wear guys down though."


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