67's have homey feel

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

When the 67's acquired Matthieu Methot at Wednesday's OHL trade deadline, they not only added another local player but also one who had his hands on the Memorial Cup.

The very championship trophy that just eluded their grasp two seasons ago, in fact. Methot's brother Marc was a key member of the London Knights team that won the Cup in 2004-05, when the 67's last appeared in the national title tournament.

"I was cheering for London one year and playing for Barrie the next," said Matthieu, a 6-foot-3, 200-lb. winger 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea coaxed from the Colts in a deal that saw him part with a couple of draft picks (a third and an eighth) but also obtain the rights to Orleans Blues goalie Adam Courchaine. "It was definitely an experience. I got to go in the room and hoist the Cup. It makes you want to win."

BACK AT MOONEY'S BAY

The 19-year-old Methot, who had 11 goals, seven assists and 36 penalty minutes in 35 games with Barrie this season, falls on to the third line with Thomas Kiriakou and Arron Alphonso. He'll debut with the Barber Poles tonight, when they face the Brampton Battalion in a 7:30 start at the Civic Centre, a short skate down the canal from the Mooney's Bay home he'll once again live in with his folks, Betty and Al.

"I'm definitely very happy about it," Methot said of the trade, which prompted Killer to then send 19-year-old winger Jesse Biduke to Kingston for future considerations. "Growing up here, it's definitely a dream come true.

"It's always hard to leave the guys you were playing with, but it's not like I was sent to the Soo, or Timbuktu. I'm home with my parents again. I've got it made, per say."

Courchaine will stay in the CJHL this season and compete for one of the two goalie spots with the 67's at next September's camp. He's another Ottawa native and thus joins the organization's suddenly stretching list of homegrowns that at one point consisted only of Stittsville's Thomas Nesbitt.

BAILEY ON FIRE

Since acquiring Scott Cowie 18 games ago, the 67's have signed winger Jason Bailey and defenceman Julien Demers, both former Nepean Raiders.

While Demers has added stability and toughness to the blue line, Bailey has given the 67's more than they've expected since arriving from the University of Michigan. In six games thus far, he has four goals, three assists and 19 penalty minutes.

"Just his work ethic, his tremendous speed ... he's blocking shots, killing penalties, playing the power play ... he does everything," said Kilrea. "Bailey has played way better than we hoped for this early in the acquisition.

"Julien Demers saved us one trade we would have had to make, and Jason Bailey saved us another."

ICE CHIPS: Brady Morrison will start in goal tonight while Lukas Flueler gets the call tomorrow in Peterborough ... Back in the lineup after his world junior experience tonight will be D Jakub Vojta ... The 67's have sent D Jordan Gallea to the CJHL's Nepean Raiders.


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