Power outage hurts 67's

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

As a team, the 67's were needled following yesterday's game against the Windsor Spitfires.

Along with getting flu protection, they really needed a shot in the arm for their power play.

The 67's scored on just one of 11 man-advantage opportunities, a sickly stat that largely contributed to their 4-1 loss before an announced crowd of 6,867 at the Civic Centre.

FLU SHOTS

Asked which was more painful, watching the game or getting the flu shot, coach Brian Kilrea didn't hesitate.

"The game," he said.

What went wrong?

"You mean after they dropped the puck at 2:05 (p.m)?" Kilrea deadpanned.

"They outworked us. They played three games in three days (as did the 67's) too, and they played (Saturday) night. But they wanted the puck more. They wanted the game more. It boils down to determination, and they were more determined."

The 67's outshot the Spitfires 32-21, including a 25-9 margin through the first two periods, but still trailed 3-1 heading into the third.

Back-to-back penalties in the first period proved to be Ottawa's undoing, as the Spitfires used the 5-on-3 advantage to score once (Keaton Turkiewicz) and then add another (Adam Henrique) against goalie Brady Morrison on the power play just 36 seconds later.

Ryan Baldwin dug the hole a little deeper with his first of two early in the second period before the 67's finally beat goalie Andrew Engelage with just 1:34 to go in the second. Logan Couture's goal came on Ottawa's eighth consecutive power play.

"They pressured us, they were beating us to the puck all day," said Couture, who completed a strong week individually with his fifth goal (to go along with two assists) in four games. "They outskated us all game."

Baldwin's second goal, with 5 minutes to go, was scored just moments after the linesman curiously whistled the 67's for icing when it appeared the Windsor defenceman could have first stopped the puck from going down the ice and then could have caught up to it before it crossed the line.

Another interesting decision by an official came in the first period, when the Spitfires Cory McGillis was sent to the box for slashing. Yes, he was guilty of the infraction, but what McGillis slashed was Brett Liscombe's stick, breaking it in half just as the 67's winger was about to shoot the puck on a clear breakaway.

A penalty shot should have been called -- even if only to spare everybody from having to watch another 67's power play.

"A power play is only good when five guys are working," said Kilrea. "You can have one, two or three, but you need five."

The 67's, who are 10-14-0-2 and last in the OHL's East Division, were riding a three-game winning streak into Friday.

TOUGH WEEKEND

But a shootout loss to the Generals was followed by an 8-2 pounding in Oshawa on Saturday, and the rest of the air was let out of their balloon by the Spitfires.

"We looked at this as one of our biggest weekends all year," said Couture. "It's disappointing to only get one of six points.

''But we've still got six more games before Christmas, and hopefully we can get a winning streak going and climb in the standings.''

The 67's next game is against the Petes in Peterborugh on Thursday. They return home to face Brampton the next night.


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