Gloucester gunner leads 67's

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Corey Cowick just had to adjust his sights yesterday.

The 67's winger scored a pair of goals in Ottawa's 7-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack at the Civic Centre, giving him 14 on the season and tying for the OHL lead with former teammate John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals, touted as the top pick in next summer's NHL draft.

For Cowick, that's already three more goals than he scored all of last year with the Generals.

"He finally decided to hit the net," joked 67's coach and general manager Brian Kilrea after the win, the 67's second in a row which moved them to a 10-8 record. "I think he thought it was a broomball net and he was trying to hit the top corner. We had to remind him it's four by six and try and keep within those confines."

Cowick, the 19-year-old Gloucester native, was picked up by the 67's from the Generals with a ninth-round pick next year for Brett Valiquette and a 2011 fourth-round pick.

Also netting a pair yesterday was centre Thomas Kiriakou, but he didn't need to worry about fine-tuning his shot. The total distance his shots traveled couldn't have been more than a foot.

Kiriakou got his nose into the blue paint for a couple loose pucks around Owen Sound goalie Tyler Beskorowany, who faced 47 shots, shovelling home his ninth and 10th goals of the season at a time when the game was close despite the 67's outshooting the Attack by a wide margin.

With centre Michael Latta back in the lineup after missing three games with a charley horse, Kiriakou was back centring the third line with Stephen Blunden and Jon Carnevale. Their ability to get a couple of greasy goals was the difference in the game.

ALL LINES FIRING

"The old saying is they don't ask how, they ask how many," said Kiriakou. "I was just glad to get the two goals. Everyone contributed today. You can't just have the first and second lines going out there. You need the third and fourth lines contributing, too."

The win allows the 67's (10-8-0-0) to be on a bit of a roll heading into a tough road trip that begins Thursday against the league-leading Windsor Spitfires, their first of three games in three nights. They are in Saginaw Friday and at Plymouth Saturday night. Complicating things is the status of top defencemen Tyler Cuma and Julien Demers, both nursing hip injuries. Demers didn't start yesterday's game after taking the warmup and Cuma left with five minutes to go yesterday.

The 67's managed to make do without yesterday.

Kiriakou's second goal of the game, on the power play at 17:04 of the second, gave the 67's a 3-2 lead and Latta helped set up third-period goals by Cowick and rookie Tyler Toffoli to seal the win. Latta's pass to Cowick was a beauty, leaving him an open side. Ottawa captain Logan Couture and rookie Riley Sonnenburg also scored.

Kiriakou also tipped the puck out of the zone while killing a last-minute penalty, leading to Cowick's short-hander with 4.6 seconds left.

"I'm glad for (Kiriakou). He's like the unknown soldier. When people talk about our team, they don't usually mention him, but he's as valuable as anybody," said Kilrea.

67's goalie Chris Perugini moved his record to 9-4-0-0.


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