In losing Logan Couture for a month with mono earlier this season, the 67's were virtually assured they wouldn't lose their 17-year-old star to a national team tryout in December.
However, they will soon bid so long for a month to two other players who are off to represent their respective countries at the World Junior Championships.
Defenceman Jakub Vojta will be in the lineup tonight (7:30 p.m.) when the 67's host the Brampton Batallion at the Civic Centre, but he leaves for the Czech Republic tomorrow. Rookie goalie Lukus Flueler heads to his home in Switzerland Monday.
Neither player is expected back before the second week of January.
"Vojta has been playing extremely well lately," said coach/GM Brian Kilrea.
"You don't want to give up a 'D' at this time of year, but when a guy has a chance to play for his country, he's obviously got to go for it."
Flueler has so far not lived up to expectations since arriving here as the 67's heralded European draft pick. In 10 appearances, he has a 1-6-0-1 record with a 4.63 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage.
Not only did Kilrea give Brady Morrison his 20th chance between the pipes last night in Peterborough, a 6-5 loss, but he didn't hesitate when confirming last year's backup would get the start in goal again this evening.
"I expect in the second half of the season, he'll realize he has to work a little harder and be a little better," said Kilrea.
Last night, Daniel Ryder's five-point effort lifted the Petes. Ryder had a goal and four assists. Ex-Pete Scott Cowie, Thomas Nesbitt, Matt Ribeiro and Matt Lahey scored for the 67's.