Generals finally score, Kiriakou the hero

ROGER LAJOIE, SPECIAL TO SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

OSHAWA -- Finally, the Ottawa 67's didn't have to worry about John Tavares in a visit to Oshawa.

And, it paid off with two points for the visitors.

The Generals, who traded John Tavares to the London Knights in a blockbuster deal recently, fell 3-2 to the 67's in overtime yesterday.

The Generals did manage to stop a scoreless streak of 241 minutes, 24 seconds (more than 12 periods), but still couldn't come up with enough firepower to down the 67's, who return home for a matinee against the Kingston Frontenacs today.

There was a huge cheer from the big crowd when Nick Esposito slapped a shot past Ottawa goalie Chris Perugini at 5:22 of the second period. The Generals' last goal on home ice had come Jan. 18 early in the second period against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Thomas Kiriakou scored twice for the 67's, including the overtime winner, and Logan Couture had the other Ottawa goal.

KILREA BOWING OUT

Yesterday's game also marked the final appearance in the regular season in Oshawa for legendary Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea, who will step down as coach following the season.

Kilrea's final visit was acknowledged just before pre-game ceremonies honouring Canada's military and he received a lengthy standing ovation from the Oshawa fans, before his team did what it has done for him more than any other OHL coach -- win a game.

The win lifted Kilrea's regular-season win total to 1,183. The late Bert Templeton is a distant second with 907.

Today's 67's game will be broadcast on Rogers Cable 22, at 2 p.m.


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