Bulls, 67's on hold for a week

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Brian Kilrea and his coaching staff brought their players to Chances R for a team feast last night.

The 67's will have plenty of time to work it off before they play next.

Their first-round, best-of-seven OHL playoff series with the Belleville Bulls will be the last of eight across the league to begin as both teams are being booted out of their home rinks by Home Shows.

Without any reasonable options, the 67's and Bulls will be forced to play seven games, if necessary, in the span of 10 days.

Game 1 will be held in Belleville next Monday, by which point every other series will be at least two games old. The Kitchener Rangers and Sarnia Sting will have played three.

"We certainly had a challenge in that both teams are out of their buildings on the opening weekend," said 67's owner Jeff Hunt. "In light of the circumstances, this is the best possible schedule, to give guys the best possible environment in which to play."

HERE NEXT TUESDAY

After the series opener, the teams meet 24 hours later, next Tuesday, at the Civic Centre. Games 3 and 4 will be held March 29 in Belleville and March 30 in Ottawa.

Asterisk Games 5, 6 and 7 will be played in Belleville (April 1), Ottawa (April 3) and Belleville (April 4) if necessary. The 67's enter the series as large underdogs, having lost 7-of-8 games to Belleville this season.

The Bulls finished first in the East Division and third in the conference with 83 points thanks to a 39-24-0-5 record. They won their last four games and were 5-5 in the final 10. The 67's, at 30-34-0-4, finished fourth in their division and seventh in the conference. They lost their last game and were 4-5-0-1 in the final 10.

Just as the 67's will be leaning heavily on Jamie McGinn and Logan Couture to continue scoring at or close to the sizzling pace on which they ended the regular season, the Bulls' top line is headed by Tyler Donati, who finished fourth in league scoring with 55 goals and 74 assists for 129 points.


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