67's look to rebound

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

The Ottawa 67's might have learned what this winning thing is about during their recent run that saw them bag 19 out of a possible 20 points.

Remembering the lessons is the challenge now.

After going 9-0-1, they got spanked 7-3 by the Plymouth Whalers last time out and will be looking to start another streak tonight when they host the Saginaw Spirit at the Civic Centre (7:30 p.m.).

"We played very well as a team. It was playoff-style hockey," said 67's assistant coach Chris Byrne of the run of 10 games with at least a point. "Guys were blocking shots, three lines were contributing -- it wasn't just one guy."

The 67's are now 24-15-1-2 and in second place in the OHL's East Division, seven points behind the Belleville Bulls, but with two games in hand. The Spirit is 23-15-0-3 and second in the West.

What made the 67's run even more remarkable is they were doing it without their best defenceman, Tyler Cuma, who injured his knee early in the selection camp for junior Team Canada, and rookie Tyler Toffoli, who was off winning a gold medal at the U17 tournament in B.C. Cuma has resumed skating with his teammates, but is still about three weeks away from returning.

67's goaltender Adam Courchaine, who carried the load during the streak, is expected to start tonight.

NOTE: The time for the 67's game against John Tavares and the London Knights Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Civic Centre has been changed to 3 p.m. to accommodate the Sportsnet telecast of the game.


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