67's bear down to bop Belleville

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

The 67's were loaded for bear yesterday.

It was the Belleville Bulls who wound up in the crosshairs.

On the day of their annual Teddy Bear Toss, the 67's won their second game in a row with an 8-4 decision at the Civic Centre over the Bulls.

67's captain Derek Joslin had two goals and two assists -- all on the power play -- in the win, the 67's first over the first-place Bulls in five attempts this year.

The win improved the 67's record to 12-15-0-2 and though they are still in last place in the OHL's tight East Division, they are now just eight points behind the leading Bulls with a game in hand. With a pair of games coming up next weekend against the St. Michael's Majors (last in the Central Division) and one against the Kingston Frontenacs, the 67's are in a position to make a move going into the Christmas break.

"We were sick and tired of losing there for a bit," said Joslin. "It feels great to get two wins and get a good weekend in. Hopefully we can carry it over to next weekend.

"We're lucky the East is still tight. We can really climb the ladder if we can get a couple of wins going into Christmas."

In addition to Joslin's production from the point, the 67's can also be encouraged with the continuing improvement from centre Logan Couture. He had a goal and two assists yesterday and now has eight goals and six assists in his last seven games as he continues to battle back from a bout with mononucleosis.

The game wasn't as tight as the score might indicate as the Bulls scored two goals quickly before the third period was four minutes old to make it 6-4.

The 67's then dodged a couple of bullets. A puck swatted into the stands might have been a delay of game penalty, but wasn't. Belleville's Tyler Donati rung one off the post and then Bryan Cameron somehow flipped a puck over a wide-open net to the left of 67's goalie Brady Morrison.

On that same shift, Cameron took a slashing penalty and Brett Liscomb scored his second goal of the game to regain control for the 67's.

"It became a game and it shouldn't have been," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea. "For 40 minutes and the last 10 we played well."

Joslin opened the scoring at 12:30 of the first period as his shot from the point (which appeared to be tipped by Couture) eluded Belleville goaltender and Clarence Creek native Kevin Lalande.

The goal triggered a cascade of stuffed teddy bears from the crowd of 7,543 which had brought the toys for the 67's annual collection for the Salvation Army. The bears and other stuffed toys will be distributed to families in need.

NOTE: D Jakub Vojta is leaving the 67's to join the Czech team for the world junior championship. G Lukas Fleuler is joining the Swiss squad.


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