67's run out of luck

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Other than his wife Judy and his barber, very few people know that Brian Kilrea gets his haircut the first week of almost every spring.

It has less to do with birds, bees or warm weather than it does the start of the OHL playoffs.

"For luck," Kilrea, who has brought his 67's to the post-season tournament in 29 of the 30 years he has been behind their bench, says of his personal ritual.

Luck turned on the Ottawa team and its coach in the third period last night.

The 67's blew a 3-1 third-period lead when Belleville scored three goals in 2:58 and then, after tying things up and apparently heading to a second straight overtime, lost 5-4 on a Tyler Donati goal with 45 seconds left in regulation.

The heartbreaking defeat in front of 5,600 fans cost Ottawa home-ice advantage, leaving the best of seven opening round series tied 1-1.

"We should have them by the throats, 2-0, now," captain Derek Joslin, who had three assists, said loud enough in a quiet dressing for teammates to hear. "You're only as good as your last period and the third was our worst in a long while. That's not how you play playoff hockey.

"We took dumb penalties, we weren't crashing the net like we had been ... guys were just sitting back and letting them come to us. That's not how you need to play.

"I think we're lucky we have a day off now. We can bicker about this all night long, but come (today) we have to forget about it.

"We know we can beat them in their rink now ... we"ve got to play (tomorrow) like it's Game 7.

"We put ourselves in this position and now we have to dig outselves out."

Game 3 is tomorrow at Yardman Arena in Belleville.

A short-handed shot off the crossbar by Thomas Kiriakou, and the dynamic duo of Jamie McGinn and Logan Couture teaming up to turn Calgary Flames first-round pick Matt Pelech inside out, gave Ottawa a pair of second-period goals to counter a power-play effort by Belleville's Bryan Cameron, giving the 67's a 3-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.

But the third period would not be a good one for Ottawa.

The Bulls' Nick Pageua started the comeback and just 1:18 later -- seconds after Jason Bailey just missed getting one at the other end -- Shawn Matthias whipped a shot past Brady Morrison to tie the game.

And just 1:40 after that, with 67's rookie Tyler Cuma in the box, Matthias scored his second of the game and fourth of the series after outmuscling Scott Cowie for the puck.

Brett Liscomb tied the game on the power play, and just 3:37 left in regulation, but the 67's ran into more penalty trouble.

First, Bailey was sent off for interference and then less than a minute later, Joe Grimaldi's clearing attempt went over the glass to put him in the bin for delay of game.

Donati completed a three- way passing play into a gaping net with the Bulls enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage.


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