No. 1,100? Killer just cares about 67's winning

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

Would picking up career victory No. 1,100 at home tonight against the Belleville Bulls have special meaning for Brian Kilrea?

Mostly when he looks at the OHL standings in tomorrow's paper.

"I realize it's a number," the legendary 67's coach said of the milestone. "But the most important thing for me is it means we're winning. We have to win to keep with the pack."

Yes, No. 1,100 would be big for Killer. Just as have the 1,099 to date.

Ottawa, at 5-7, is six points behind the division-leading Bulls, with one game in hand. While it's more than a little early to worry about playoff implications, a victory this evening would give them a split in the week's home-and-home series with Belleville, plus say something about the 67's character.

As of yesterday, Kilrea was facing the prospect of again icing a significantly depleted lineup.

Star centre Logan Couture, out with mononucleosis, had more tests this week to determine his progress. But he's expected to miss two more weeks, at least.

Overager Brett Liscombe was slashed in the back of the leg during Wednesday's 4-3 loss in Belleville, and Kilrea was uncertain of his status. Questionable are wingers Matt Lahey and Pat Daley, who missed the Bulls game with a flu and charley horse, respectively. Rookie Matt Ribeiro also has mono and is out indefinitely.

"All I know is we have two games this weekend and only one next week, and I'm hoping in those two weeks we'll be closer to having some guys back," said Kilrea.

"We'd like to stay close enough (to the pack) that we can be dangerous when we get everybody back."

Lukas Flueler will start in goal for the 67's tonight.

Game time at the Civic Centre is 7:30 p.m.


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