Morrison out in Front

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

An eruption of laughter and cheering emitted from the 67's dressing room as players watching the big screen saw goalie Brady Morrison take the traditional blob of shaving cream in the face during a post-game TV interview.

To Brian Kilrea, the noise was a sigh of relief.

"That's what happens when you win," Kilrea said. "We hadn't heard that yet this season."

After dropping their first two games by a combined score of 14-6, the 67's put one in the win column in front of 7,397 fans at the Civic Centre yesterday.

Different factors added up to give Ottawa an impressive, 4-1 victory over a strong Kingston Frontenacs club. The three unanswered first period goals, two of which came from Jamie McGinn. The ability of the 67's big three -- McGinn, Logan Couture and Matt Lahey -- to shut down the powerful Cory Emmerton-Bobby Hughes-Chris Stewart line. The shot-blocking of the 67's defence.

And, of course, Morrison.

After allowing nine goals in the season-opening loss in Kingston, the former Frontenacs 'tender bounced back strong with a 38-save performance. Later, he deflected the praise like it was another puck headed his way.

"There were a lot of questions about our team defence after the first two games, and I think we answered those questions," said the 19-year-old Morrison, a construction helmet awarded to the team's hardest-working player still on his head. "That's one of the best offensive teams in the league and we shut them down to one goal. That's a big step for our team."

MCGINN STRIKES TWICE

The 67's struck early as McGinn poked home a pass from behind the net by Couture 19 seconds in. They made it 2-0 at the 8:20 mark, this time with Thomas Kiriakou dodging a hit down low and finding Jakub Vojta in front. And they added one more before the first intermission when McGinn picked up his second of the game (and third of Ottawa's first four goals this season) by deflecting a Derek Joslin shot from the point during a power play at 18:32.

The second period belonged to Morrison.

He frustrated his former team by stopping all 13 shots he faced, most from point-blank range.

The crushing blow was delivered by newcomer Jesse Biduke, who relayed a Kiriakou pass over Darryl Borden's shoulder with 38 seconds left in the second.

LOSES SHUTOUT IN THIRD

"It was just the little things in the first two games," said McGinn. "In both games we got shots, but we just didn't play well in the defensive zone. That's key for us."

Stewart ended Morrison's shutout bid 3:26 into the third.

Kiriakou, who played a strong game throughout, was stoned on a third-period penalty shot.

"It's pretty simple ... they're best line outplayed our best line, they got a big save and we didn't," said Kingston coach Bruce Cassidy, who was making his OHL debut in the rink he once starred as a member of the 67's. "After the first period, it was fairly even. But we weren't ready to go."


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