Nigro lifts 67's before tough trip

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

The 67's kicked off another three-in-three weekend last night with a 3-1 win over the Peterborough Petes and now hope their success holds in the face of another demanding stretch.

The 67's are in Barrie to face the Colts tonight and in Owen Sound against the Attack tomorrow afternoon.

But leading scorer Corey Cowick didn't make the trip, instead heading to hospital to be tested for mononucleosis.

"He's been having some problems and feeling tired," said coach and GM Brian Kilrea. "If we find out everything is all right, we'll figure out what to do (today)."

Anthony Nigro had two goals for the 67's last night, giving him 24 on the season and 17 in 28 games since joining the 67's along with defenceman Travis Gibbons in the trade that saw Michael Latta dealt -- at his family's request -- to the Guelph Storm.

"It's real important in the first game of three to get two points. We've had a few of these and have a few more coming up. It's going to be important to get on a roll going into the playoffs," said Nigro.

His second of the night at 11:38 of the third, capitalizing on a turnover by Petes defenceman Chad Lowry just a minute after Lowry had scored to make it 2-1 -- gave the 67's some breathing room in a game they had controlled for much of the night.

"I'm definitely feeling real comfortable," said Nigro.

"I've got to give a plug to my liney, Logan Couture. It's great to play with him and (67's Kilrea) has given me the rope to play an offensive game."

The 67's opened the scoring from an unexpected source when defenceman Martin Paryzek beat Petes goaltender Ryan Daniels at 4:34 of the first. It was Paryzek's fourth of the season.

The 67's made it 2-0 late in the first on the power play on a nice pass off the right wing boards by captain Couture. He dropped the puck onto the stick of Nigro just inside the line and he had a lane to the net. He snapped the puck by Daniels on the stick side for his 23rd of the season.

Kanata's Ryan Spooner was held to an assist on the lone Petes goal.

The 67's have played five three-in-threes since December and come out with a winning record in all but one of them, which just happened to be the last one (a loss to the powerful Brampton Battalion at home last Friday, a win in Oshawa over the Generals Saturday and an upset loss at home to the last-place Kingston Frontenacs Sunday).

Injury bug

In addition to D Tyler Cuma, who was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee in Minnesota yesterday and could be lost for the season, the 67's were without F Tyler Toffoli (strained neck), F Ryan Martindale (strep throat) and F Dylan Anderson (shoulder).

CHRIS.STEVENSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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