67's leave goalie feeling lonely

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

For Adam Courchaine, it was great to finally stand between the pipes again.

He just wishes his teammates would have accompanied him to the game.

"I was very excited ... but we didn't come out to play," the 67's goalie said of Wednesday's 5-1 loss in Kingston, his first outing since he suffered a groin injury in training camp. "It didn't seem like anybody wanted to be there. It's tough being put in that situation as a goalie. You're kind of the guy that's left looking bad."

Asked if he's the type to call his teammates out, Courchaine nodded.

"I'd like to, but I still don't have the seniority," said the 19-year-old Boston Bruins prospect, who is starting only his second season with the 67's. "And with being a goalie, these guys don't think you know the game as well as they do, even though you stand back there and see the whole thing."

Coach Brian Kilrea said he saw players just standing around at the K-Rock Centre.

'HE WAS ALONE'

"He didn't get a lot of support," Kilrea said of Courchaine, who had stopped only 12-of-17 shots when he was replaced in the third period by Chris Perugini. "He was alone. I think some guys owe him one."

They won't get their chance tonight. Perugini will add to his league-leading minutes total when the 67's (4-4) host the Belleville Bulls (6-1) at the Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m.

"(Courchaine) was a little rusty, a little behind," said Kilrea. "He just needs a little more practice before he's where he wants to be."

Meanwhile, winger Yakov Vorobyov is heading home to Kazakhstan. Kilrea yesterday released his lone 2008 European add-on, who had one assist in five games.


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