67's hope to stop streak by Battalion

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

The 67's were the latest victims in the Brampton Battalion's current 14-game winning streak, equalling a franchise record.

Ottawa (12-10-0-2, second in the East Division, third in the Eastern Conference) won't want to have its name in the Battalion's record book when Brampton (16-6-0-0, first in the Central, first in the Eastern Conference) chases a club-record 15th straight win tonight at the Civic Centre.

"They've found a way to win a lot of close games," said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea. "They don't rely on one line to do the scoring and they've got a solid defence and goaltending. They are just playing well as a team."

The last time the Battalion won 14 straight, in 2005-06, they were led by Wojtek Wolski, now with the Colorado Avalanche, who had 18 goals and 30 assists during the streak.

"This season's team is more balanced. We don't have a defenceman like that team did in Michael Vernace, and that group relied mostly on one line to do the scoring. This season we always get scoring from two lines and many times from our third," said Stan Butler, the only coach the Battalion have had, on the club's website.

"To put a streak like this together, you need to have a team that can win different ways. You need to come from behind, and this season we've come back a lot to win. When you can do that, it gives you a chance to put a run like this together. You need some breaks, and you have to take advantage of them. You need guys to make big plays at key times."

The Battalion have come from behind to win in five of the 14 games in the streak.

67's goaltender Chris Perugini will have a bunch of threats to consider. The Battalion have outscored their opponents 62-31 during the streak, led by captain Cody Hodgson (12 goals and 11 assists, despite missing two games), 17-year-old forward Matt Duchene (7-15) and Evgeny Grachev, who scored all four of the Battalion's goals in their 4-2 win Sunday and now has 12 goals and six assists in the streak. After tonight's game, the 67's start a string of four games within their division. They are in Oshawa to face the Generals Sunday and host the Generals next Friday before playing a home-and-home with the Kingston Frontenacs and new coach Doug Gilmour next weekend.

NOTEBOOK

67's captain Logan Couture and defenceman Tyler Cuma were in Guelph last night representing the OHL against the Russian club in the ADT Canada Russia Challenge...Kilrea said he hopes rookie Tyler Toffoli will be okay to play tonight after nursing an injury...There have been rumours the Oshawa Generals are entertaining offers for top forward John Tavares, the top-rated North American prospect for next summer's NHL draft, but Kilrea said the cost likely commanded in terms of picks and depth is too steep for his liking.


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