Bulls keep Kilrea from celebrating win 1,100

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

BELLEVILLE -- The 67's will have to wait at least another game to get coach and GM Brian Kilrea his 1,100th victory.

It's going to be even longer to get a shot at the .500 mark.

The 67's lost 4-3 to the first-place Bulls last night at Yardman Arena on the front end of a home-and-home series in a bloody game in which the 67's were outclassed for much of two periods, but didn't quit.

"Some forwards I don't think worked hard enough(last night)," said Kilrea. "It's a tough situation when you don't have some working as hard as others."

The 67's (5-7) will get a second crack at earning Kilrea another milestone win tomorrow night against the Bulls at the Civic Centre.

The 67's were dominated by the Bulls for 40 minutes, but kept finding a way to hang on and claw their way back into the game. Down 4-2 late in the second, a power-play goal by Ottawa's Thomas Kiriakou with just 21.4 seconds left in the period and then a pummeling of Belleville's Andrew Gibbons by 67's defenceman Derek Joslin gave the 67's some momentum going into the third.

Joslin fed Gibbons a series of rights that left the Belleville captain bloodied.

That might make things interesting for the rematch.

In the aftermath of the wild end to the second period, the 67's started the third with a 5-on-3 power play, but squandered the advantage, winding up 1-for-9 on the PP for the game.

The Bulls, now 7-5 and in first place in the OHL's Eastern Conference, increased their lead over the third-place 67's to six points.

The 67's also got goals last night from Brett Liscombe, who left the game and had to go for X-rays after taking a slash, and Jamie McGinn.

Matt Belesky had a pair for the Bulls with singles scored by Shawn Matthias and Andrew Gibbons.

The 67's found themselves down 3-1 after the first period, but it could have been worse if not for the work of goalie Brady Morrison. He faced 14 shots in that opening 20 minutes, most of them of the dangerous kind.

"We need to show up for every period," said McGinn. "We're not playing 60 minutes every game. We were kind of flat off the bat and we've got to make sure that doesn't happen (tomorrow)."

Matthias opened the scoring for Belleville off a scramble, following a couple of great saves by Morrison, who caught a bad break on the second goal as he stopped Gibbons' first shot, but saw the rebound bounce in off Gibbons' right foot at 10:49.


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