67's suffer through 'Dog-day afternoon

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

One thing you can say about the 67's power play these days: When it goes into action, something is going to happen.

All the 67's goals in their 6-3 loss to the Mississauga IceDogs came on the power play yesterday afternoon at the Civic Centre, meaning all nine goals in their last two games have come with at least a man advantage.

But just as significantly, the 67's gave up a critical short-handed goal when they had clawed back to make it 4-3 in the early stages of the third period and were pressing for the tying goal.

Ottawa defenceman Joe Grimaldi was checked in the neutral zone and the play finished with Mississauga's Jordan Owens breaking in and putting a nice back-hand move through the pads of 67's goaltender Lukas Flueler at 7:44.

Can you say turning point?

"In the third, the power play didn't capitalize and then we tried to be Bobby Orr," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea. "Unfortunately, Bobby Orr is retired and it cost us a short-handed goal. That's a big difference."

The 67's record slipped to 7-9-0-1 with the loss, leaving them in last place in the tight East Division, though they have games in hand on everybody in the division.

After rallying with five power-play goals in the third period Friday night in what turned out to be a shootout loss to the Kitchener Rangers, the 67's looked yesterday like they might have another rally up their sleeve.

They trailed 4-1 halfway through the second period after goals by the IceDogs' Jordan Skellett, Michael Swift, Kyle Lamb and the first of two on the day by big Oskar Osala.

Ottawa's Jamie McGinn had made it 1-1 late in the first with what turned out to be his first of two on the day, his 11th of the season.

McGinn clicked for his 12th on the power play at 13:46 of the second on a 5-on-3 and Brett Liscomb pulled the 67's to within a goal with another power-play score just 30 seconds later.

But after Ottawa failed on two power-play attempts early in the third (which included a hit goal post), the IceDogs turned the game on Owens' shorty during their third straight penalty to start the third.

67's centre Logan Couture, who had an assist yesterday for four points in two games since returning from mono, said the Barberpoles lack of production at even strength right now is a head scratcher.

"The power play is generating opportunities. I think we just have to step it up 5-on-5. I think we've got four lines that can play with anybody else's four lines 5-on-5. We're just not clicking right now."

67's captain Elgin Reid missed the game with what Kilrea said was the flu.

Meanwhile, Senators draft pick Cody Bass of the IceDogs didn't play because of a wrist injury.


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