Crazy 8's a Major pain

BRUCE GARRIOCH, OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 1:12 PM ET

The "Crazy 8's" led the charge for the 67's last night at the Civic Centre.

Led by a combined 12 points from the line of No. 88 Jamie McGinn (five), No. 89 Logan Couture (four) and No. 8 Matt Lahey (three), the 67's kicked off the upcoming Holiday Season on a high note.

The 67's top line looked like a wrecking crew and they couldn't have picked a better time to deliver as the club opened a back-to-back series against the Toronto St. Mike's Majors with an 8-4 victory.

The 67's gave the crowd of 6,563 an early Christmas gift by picking up their third consecutive victory. They'll go for their fourth straight win today when they have another date with Eugene Melnyk's Majors at Scotiabank Place (2 p.m.).

All the 67's have to do is pick up where they left off against the Majors last night.

McGinn had a goal and four assists, Couture contributed two goals and two assists, and Lahey added two goals and an assist.

Ottawa's offence didn't stop there. Defenceman Tyler Cuma, who has been playing a big role with Jakub Vojta back home in the Czech Republic preparing for the world junior championship, also had a goal and an assist.

Julian Cimadamore and Shea Kewin added goals for the 67's, who pulled out to a 7-3 lead after the first 40 minutes.

Frustrated St. Mike's coach Bud Stefanski gave rookie goalie Chris Carrozzi the hook at 8:59 of the second in favour of Wayne Savage after the 67's scored their fifth goal on 24 shots -- a power-play effort by Lahey.

Trying to escape the Eastern Division basement with a strong weekend -- it also includes a stop in Kingston tomorrow before the OHL's Christmas break -- the 67's were firing on all cylinders.

Lahey set the tone with his 10th of the season only 13 seconds into the first, tipping in a perfect pass from McGinn.

Cuma's goal at 4:11 of the second to give the club a 3-1 lead was a thing of beauty. He was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down on a breakaway and it's worth trying to catch on a replay.

Moving to the net, Cuma stopped, deked Carrozzi, got him to commit glove side, and then beat him on the stick side in a move that a lot of veteran NHLers wouldn't dare to try.

NOTES: D Brett Liscomb, who took a shot in the foot in the second, left the game because of the flu ... More than 3,000 seats have been sold for what is a St. Mike's home game today at Scotiabank Place. Ottawa G Brady Morrison will make his second straight start ... The 67's observed a moment of silence in memory of Laura Gainey, the daughter of Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, who was lost at sea last week.


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