67's look for turnaround, face Fronts

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

It was supposed to serve as a stepping stone to the right track, but the 67's have lost three in a row since upsetting the defending Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires one week ago today.

They’ll attempt to end that skid tonight at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Kingston Frontenacs at Lansdowne Park’s Urbandale Centre.

“We’ve had some good stretches,” coach Chris Byrne said of one-goal losses to Barrie, Oshawa and Belleville over the past seven days. “And we’ve had some stretches that we didn’t like the work ethic or level of competition.”

The 67’s (2-3-2-1) will be without 18-year-old winger Jon Carnevale, the most recent to fall victim to mono. Byrne said defenceman Julien Demers, who is nursing a “lower body injury,” is also doubtful for tonight’s game.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Nigro, a top-line winger, is expected back from mono next week.

Chris Perugini, who made 45 saves and was the team’s best player in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Belleville, will start in goal.

Veteran Cody Lindsay is still carrying the hottest stick for the 67’s. Coming off a week where he was the runner-up for the OHL player of the week award, Lindsay has 10 points in his last five games. He’s tied for the team scoring lead with Ryan Martindale, who also has 10 points on the season.

Coach Doug Gilmour’s Frontenacs (4-4-0-0) come in having lost two in a row.

The Fronts’ blue line is anchored by Orleans native Erik Gudbranson, who is projected to be a high first-round pick in next June’s NHL draft. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has five assists in the team’s first eight games.

The two teams meet again in Kingston on Sunday at 2 p.m.


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