67's big guns halt Generals

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

It's what the big line is supposed to do on nights like this.

Top goal scorer Corey Cowick bailed out the 67's last night with a goal 33 seconds into the third period, blunting the momentum the Oshawa Generals had either, depending on your viewpoint:

a) built for themselves in the second period; or

b) been handed to them by a 67's club that stopped skating once it built a 4-1 lead in the second.

Cowick's goal wound up being a key in the 6-3 win at the Civic Centre in front of a crowd of 8,499, the 67's 12th win in 18 games since Dec. 1.

"That goal made a huge difference right off the bat (in the third)," said coach and GM Brian Kilrea, whose club was facing the Generals for the first time since they traded star forward John Tavares and defenceman Michael Del Zotto. "(But) in that second period we did let up."

Anthony Nigro did all the work on Cowick play, digging the puck out of the endboards after a faceoff in the Oshawa zone, darting behind the net and feeding a backhand pass to Cowick in the slot from where he whipped home his team-leading 29th.

"He's hard on the puck," said Kilrea of Nigro. "Where ever he plays it seems that line gets opportunities to score."

How good has Nigro been since coming over from the Guelph Storm in the deal forced on Kilrea by Michael Latta's demand to move closer to home? It was Nigro's second assist on the night and his 23rd point (11 goals and 12 assists) in 21 games in the Barberpole.

67's captain Logan Couture also drew an assist on the winner and added a goal on a penalty shot.

Thomas Nesbitt iced the win with a short-handed goal into the empty net, his second goal of the evening.

COURCHAINE 'SHOOK UP'

In a twist you don't see often, both teams started the second period by switching their goaltenders. Chris Perugini replaced Adam Courchaine in the 67's net after Courchaine was bumped on the side of the head on a goal by Oshawa's Jeff Hayes that opened the scoring at 6:40 of the first.

"(Courchaine) was sort of shook up a little. He wasn't 100% right. Good for him to let us now. That's why we went with Perugini. He's was going to play (tomorrow vs. Erie, 2 p.m.) anyway."

The 67's then put three by Oshawa's Kevin Bailie. After Ryan Martindale opened the scoring, Couture scored on a penalty shot with a nice move to his backhand through the five-hole and Nesbitt scored his 13th of the season when he found skating room through the neutral zone and blasted one over Bailie's catching glove at 16:21.

After Ottawa's Cody Lindsay scored on the power play at 2:21 of the second period, beating Michael Zador in the Oshawa net on a rebound off Travis Gibbons' point shot, the 67's looked like they stopped skating.

They looked like they thought the game was over. They didn't finish on a couple of chances in some open ice and they let the Generals hang around.

John Padulo was left alone to Perugini's right and he got just enough of his stick on the puck to score his second of the season at 6:38 to make it 4-2.

Tyler Taylor, the villain the last time the Generals visited at the end of November after 67's rookie defenceman Ryan Hanes wound up with a broken ankle in a scrap between the two, pulled the Generals to within a goal with less than three minutes to go in the second. After the 67's failed to clear the puck, it bounced to Taylor deep in the right wing corner. He spun and whipped a shot that rocketed by Perugini from the bad angle.


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