67's kick Majors butt

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

On an afternoon when everyone in Ottawa had trouble getting traction, the 67's didn't spin their wheels.

With only about 1,000 fans braving yesterday's storm (paid attendance was 7,184) to get to the Civic Centre, the 67's jumped out to a quick start in their 5-0 win over the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. It was their fourth straight win, matching a season high.

Captain Jamie McGinn had a natural hat trick to bring his goal total to 17 and goaltender Adam Courchaine earned his first OHL shutout to give the few fans on hand something to cheer about (when it came time to announce the attendance, rather than a number, they started a roll call).

"My parents have been all over me wondering what's wrong," said McGinn, who got off to a slow start this season, but can now enjoy the 11-day holiday break.

"I'm going to go see them and we'll have some happy things to talk about."

The 67's (17-13-1-2) outshot the Majors 14-3 in the first period as McGinn scored twice to take control in an important matchup.

With the victory, the 67's jumped over the Majors and into fourth place in the OHL's Eastern Conference with 37 points. The Niagara IceDogs and the Barrie Colts also have 37 points, but the 67's have played fewer games.

The 67's are now 8-2-1 in their last 11 games.

"From the start we had, to get to where we are now is great," said McGinn.

It was a nice bounce-back game for Courchaine, who was pulled in Friday night's shootout win over the Peterborough Petes.

"I'm glad Adam had the chance to come back and do what he did. It was a hard-earned shutout," said 67's coach/GM Brian Kilrea.

It isn't all good, though, as star centre Logan Couture was knocked out of the game with a great open-ice bodycheck by Ottawa native Tim Billingsley of the Majors with five minutes left in the first period.

DAZED, DID NOT RETURN

Couture looked dazed after the hit, went to the 67's dressing room and did not return. Ottawa forward Jason Bailey went after Billingsley and received an instigator, fighting major and misconduct. Billingsley got five for fighting.

"The doctor said (Couture) can fly home (today), so he's okay. If we had to play today, I don't know if he could play," said Kilrea. "The shoulder hit his chest, but head hit head."

McGinn stepped up with the 67's down two forwards, He opened the scoring during Bailey's penalty, snapping a shot by Majors goaltender Chris Carrozzi of Nepean to the stick side at 15:50.

McGinn made it 2-0 with just 18.2 seconds left in the first when a rebound materialized on his backhand with the open side in front of him.

He scored his third straight on the power play at 16:44 of the second when he bumped a puck from behind the net off Carrozzi.

Thomas Kiriakou added his eighth of the season with 3.2 seconds left in the second, and defenceman Julien Demers scored in the third on the power play.

NOTES: The Majors were without leading scorer and Senators draft pick Kaspars Daugavins, who is playing for Latvia in the "B" pool of the world junior championship. He's doing pretty well, too. He leads the tournament with a goal and eight assists in four games. The Senators picked Daugavins in the third round, 91st overall, in 2006 ... 67's scratches yesterday were RW Matt Lahey (shoulder) and D Martin Paryzek, who is with the Czech junior team.


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