67's can't run with Bulls

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

BELLEVILLE -- The 67's made it into overtime for a second time at Yardmen Arena.

But they won't be extending the Bulls any further.

Eric Tangradi's goal off a rebound at 6:59 of the extra session gave Belleville a 4-3 victory last night and ended the 67's playoff run at five games.

The Bulls will be going forward to meet Oshawa in the OHL conference semi-finals.

The 67's, who finished the regular season 19 points behind Belleville, will now be going home.

"Again, the same culprits getting bad penalties," Kilrea said in a not-so-veiled reference to overagers Joe Grimaldi and Brett Liscomb. "It was putting us in a situation where we were overworking some guys all the time."

The 67's had a couple of chances in OT -- a close-in opportunity by Logan Courture and a shot off the wing by Game 1 overtime hero Arron Alphonso, but for the most part the Bulls carried the play in the fourth period.

Couture scored his first of the playoffs and had an assist to give him a team-high eight points in the series. Jamie McGinn chipped in with his fifth of the series, while Brett Liscomb scored his second.

Defenceman Jakub Vojta had three assists, his first points of the series.

"We knew we had to come out and give it all we had (last night), and I think we did that," said McGinn. "We just took too many penalties and they capitalized, and we didn't capitalize on our power plays. But I want to keep it positive. I thought we played a helluva game. It's just disappointing."

Nick Pageau, P.K. Subban and Matt Beleskey scored for the Bulls, who held a 35-31 edge in the shots on goal through three periods.

The 67's were aided by the return of winger Jason Bailey, who suffered a charley horse in the second minute of Game 3 and had been out of the lineup since.

POWER PLAY STRIKES

The Bulls were good on 2-of-9 power-play chances in regulation, while Ottawa scored on one of its six man advantage opportunities. The 67's lost a one-goal lead twice in the second period, and both times it was with a man in the box.

First it was on a Beleskey power-play goal, his first of the series that capped off a down-low passing play that included Tyler Donati and Shawn Matthias, a pair of thorns in the 67's sides all series.


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