'Lazy mistakes' a killer for 67's

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Even a great coach closing in on the 2,000th game of his storied career can make the odd mistake.

Brian Kilrea sheepishly admitted to one yesterday after the 67's scored a goal with seven seconds left that was waved off because they had too many men on the ice.

The 67's had six attackers with the goalie pulled but oh yeah, one of their own was in the penalty box. The four-man officiating crew didn't realize the incorrect math until Kingston Frontenacs coach Bruce Cassidy brought it to their attention, quite loudly at that.

"They made the right call. It was probably an error ... it would have been nice to have it work," Kilrea, who will stand behind the bench for the 2,000th time Feb. 2 in Ottawa, said with a smile that quickly turned back into a scowl. "We had some guys with too much air in their heads."

What would have been Jamie McGinn's second goal of the day almost certainly wouldn't have changed the outcome anyway, as Ottawa fell 4-2 to the Frontenacs in front of 8,889 at the Civic Centre.

A bit part of the 67's problem was Darryl Borden, the 17-year-old Kingston goalie who kept getting in the way of their shots. Borden stopped 44 pucks to kill a 67's winning streak at two and provide the boost for his team to leap back over Ottawa in the tight East Division standings.

And part of their problem was a lack of sufficient defensive zone help for Brady Morrison, as their goalie played decently enough in making 31 saves of his own.

"They outskated and outworked us. They deserved the game," said Kilrea. "Some lazy mistakes cost us on a couple of goals, for sure."

The 67's had a 2-1 lead midway through as McGinn, with his 27th, and Logan Couture, with his 15th, erased a Kingston advantage produced by Peder Skinner.

His second, at 17:23 of the middle period, was the game winner, coming after Nathan Moon had tied the score and before Michael Kolarz had the only goal of the third period.

"Earlier in the season, I thought the way we've played on the road when we've been down a goal ... we'd lose commitment to team defence instead of weathering the storm," said Cassidy, the former 67's star who dropped the puck for the ceremonial first faceoff as the acknowledged alumni member of the day -- then forgot the souvenir on the bench in the excitement of victory. "When they were up 2-1, I thought we hung in much better."

The 67's were also hindered by their struggles on the power play as they were blanked on nine chances, including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:20 early in the second.

"We came out a little flat," said captain Derek Joslin, who added that the 67's need four of six points from a tough road trip next weekend to keep up with the pack.

"But the bounces weren't going our way either. It was an all-round frustrating game and everyone is a little down. We know how important those points were for us."


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