Pain in the glass for 67's

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

The 67's headed out for their "three-in-three" road trip yesterday with an unexpected stop added to the itinerary.

The 67's left the Civic Centre light one goaltender, so they were stopping yesterday afternoon in Toronto to pick up netminder Adam Stein of the Ajax Attack of the OJHL.

Goaltender Adam Courchaine is out of the lineup for the road trip after taking a spill and cutting his hand on some glass.

The cut, to the palm of his blocker hand, required 12 stitches.

'FLUKE ACCIDENT'

"It was just a bit of a fluke accident," said Courchaine, who has a 1-4 record with a 3.24 goals-against average and an .874 save percentage.

"I was out with my girlfriend and we were walking home. I fell down and landed in a pile of glass. There were a couple of shards in my hand."

That means Chris Perugini (9-4, 2.55 GAA, .911) is expected to get the starts against the league-leading Windsor Spitfires tonight (7:05), in Saginaw against the Spirit tomorrow (7:11 p.m.) and at Plymouth against the Whalers Saturday (7:05 p.m.).

Defencemen Julien Demers and Tyler Cuma are each expected to play after missing time last weekend, both with sore hips.

Demers tweaked his hip Friday night in the win over the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors and couldn't play Sunday in the win over the Owen Sound Attack.

Cuma left the game against the Attack with the same problem.

Tonight's game against the league-leading Spitfires, who own a 17-1 record, would have been a little bit tougher without them.

BOTH 'READY'

"They didn't practise Tuesday as a precautionary thing, but they'll both be ready (for tonight)," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea.

"I wouldn't want to play any of the games without Demers. He's big, strong and tough and his strength is in his own end, but he can still give you some offence. Cuma? It would take someone hiding his skates for him not to play."

The 67's have won two in a row for a 10-8 record and are just four points behind the Belleville Bulls, who lead both the East Division and the Eastern Conference.


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