Couture hits home for Kilrea

BERNIE PUCHALSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

ST. CATHARINES -- Breathe a sigh of relief, 67's fans. Brian Kilrea will coach again at the Civic Centre.

The retiring legend can thank his captain, Logan Couture, who got the 67's rolling early and completed the comeback late in Game 4 of their OHL Eastern Conference quarter-final vs. the Niagara IceDogs last night.

Couture opened the scoring 16 seconds in, and netted the winner with two minutes left at Jack Gatecliff Arena as the 67's won 6-4 -- their first win in six tries since the IceDogs relocated there last season -- and evened the series 2-2.

Game 5 is tomorrow in St. Catharines (7 p.m., Rogers 22). Last night's win guarantees a Game 6 at the Civic Centre Monday, also at 7 p.m. If necessary, the 67's would host Game 7 Tuesday at 7 p.m.

After going pointless in a 5-3 loss in Game 3, Couture made sure it wouldn't happen again, taking advantage of a Niagara turnover and a good pass from Anthony Nigro to beat IceDogs goalie Jeremy Smith and get the 67's off to a fast start.

The 1-0 lead stood up until 8:55 of the second period, when Niagara's Matt Sisca stuffed the puck past 67's goalie Adam Courchaine.

Ottawa regained the lead just 24 seconds later as another IceDogs' giveaway led to a Stephen Blunden goal.

Drew Schiestel tied it up on the power play about two minutes later. The IceDogs took a 3-2 lead at 13:56 of the second when Andrew Agozzino's shot eluded Courchaine.

The 67's tied it at 9:03 into the final period as Cody Lindsay's pass from behind the net banked in off a Niagara defender.

Agozzino restored the IceDogs' lead 57 seconds later, before the 67's Thomas Kiriakou banked in a shot off Smith from behind the net.

With two minutes left, Couture stole the puck at the IceDogs' line and beat Smith for the most important goal in this series so far. Kiriakou iced the win with an empty-netter.


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