No Bull ... 67's win

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

BELLEVILLE -- The blood red T-shirts the 67's are wearing under their jerseys this spring are the brainchild of trainer Brian Patafie.

On the front are the words The Sweet Escape, which is both reference to a popular Gwen Stefani tune often heard at the Civic Centre and how the team is viewing the playoffs after a regular season from which it expected a higher finish.

The message on the back is an original thought of basketball coaching legend John Wooden: "If it's in the way, it is the way."

Says Patafie: "Sometimes you have to go through things to get to where you want to go."

Last night, the 67's went through Belleville and picked up a large victory in Game 1 of their best-of-7 opening-round series.

Arron Alphonso barged to the front of the net and pushed home the winning goal at 8:07 of overtime to give Ottawa a 4-3 decision over the Bulls at Yardmen Arena.

CALLED TIMEOUT

Moments earlier, Brian Kilrea called a timeout to get Alphonso, Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn on the ice for a faceoff in the defensive zone.

The move proved to be a smart one.

"All year we scratched for wins," said Kilrea. "We were lucky enough to scratch one out in overtime tonight. We were fortunate, but we worked hard for it."

"This is what we wanted, we wanted to come out of here with home ice advantage," said Alphonso. "Now we just have to keep it going.

"That was probably the biggest (goal for me). Definitely it was."

Derek Joslin, Scott Cowie and McGinn scored the first three 67's goals.

GAME 2 TONIGHT

Game 2 is tonight (7:30 p.m.) at the Civic Centre.

67's goalie Brady Morrison kept the score tied with a big left pad save off Shawn Matthias on a Belleville power play six minutes from the end of the third. Alphonso had a chance to end it with 30 seconds left in regulation, but his shot from in close grazed off the post.

Kevin Lalande made a brilliant glove save on McGinn as the 67's sniper was in alone with his team shorthanded four minutes into OT.

The Bulls lost winger Aaron Snow in the second period when he was dazed by an incidental elbow from Brett Liscomb.

The 67's outshot the Bulls 38-31.


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