March 12, 2005

Game Recap vs Brampton (11-Mar)

67s win 6-1 over the Battalion. See OHL game summary here. And Brampton has a game summary on their site, Mancari, 67's manhandle Battalion 6-1.

From SLAM! Sports, 67's rout Battalion. Some good words from the Coach for Mancari:

"You can't say much more than already's been said. He's just playing fantastic," said 67's coach and general manager Brian Kilrea.

And from SLAM! Sports Barre Campbell writes, Mancari does the trick again. A quote from Mancari:

"We're approaching every game that's left in the season as a playoff game," said winger Mark Mancari, who had another three-goal performance -- his second in as many games and third in the last four.

"We know how important it is to get home ice and we know how important it is to make the playoffs. Right now, we really don't have anything locked up."

[. . .]

Mancari had other breakaways, too, but came up empty.

"I felt I could have had a few more, but, you know, it happens. Things are just going my way right now," said Mancari, who also scored hat tricks last Friday against Barrie and on Tuesday in Kingston.

Love him.

The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and on television (Rogers Television 22/Scott MacArthur, Ed Hand, and Lee Versage). Some pre-game notes from Schreibs and AJ:

* 67s need to limit turnovers, and not leave Battochio ‘out to dry’ like they have in past meetings with the Battalion.

* Carcillo-MIS has been reinstated for the playoffs. He’s in anger management classes. He’s got talent, but he needs to learn to play within the rules.

* Marty Williamson (Coach of Barrie Colts) has been named coach of next year’s Under 17 team.

ON Tuesday’s win in Kingston: It was a good win in Tuesday against Kingston. It was an important game for us as well. Kingston made it testy in the third, but we tightened up. Another win gives up an opportunity for home ice. ON Mancari: He’s been playing extremely well, and so has Bonello. Now if Bickell can pick up his game, because it looks like Petruzalek and Kaspar can play better, if we could get a few others playing we’d be better off. ON getting Kaspar and Petruzalek to shoot more: We’ve had a lot of drills the last couple of weeks, where we emphasize shoot the puck. It’s a tough habit because they’ve been doing it all their lives. If we split them up they can’t pass, but they do play so well together. ON all remaining games being at home, starting with Brampton: We’d like to get on the board first, and win. It’s important for a lot of reasons. Winning is one of them, the other is to let them know that they’re not going to have their way with us.

* Forwards: McGinn, Talbot, Hulit; Bickell, Bonello, Mancari (started); VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, Kaspar; Lawrance, Ouellette, Alphonso.
* Defensive pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Staubitz, Reid; Van Herpt, Beard.
* Starting in goal: Battochio. Guadagnolo on the bench.
* Scratches: Akeson (inj-wrist, Achilles), Lahey (inj-concussion), Spezza (healthy), and Jarram (healthy).

First period. In the first period, the 67s came out a little slow. It seemed as if they were sitting back a bit. The Battalian kept pressing, and scored at 1:30 of the first period (Wolski-BRA). But on the 67s first PP, Mancari got a nice goal, off of a pass from Bonello which he lifted into the right hand corner of the net. Beautiful. Kaspar scored a goal, and celebrated by banging his stick against the glass and then throwing it. It was a very exuberant celebration by Kaspar, causing some concern re: penalties, but he didn’t get one. Van Herpt had one shot go off the post. Staubitz came in on a fight between Reid and McPherson-BRA. He had actually dropped his gloves, again causing concern re: penalties, specifically ‘third man in’ and the accompanying game misconduct. Fortunately for the 67s, the ref didn’t call it. Just before the end of the period, Mancari scored again. It was off of a really nice pass by Bickell. This goal was his second of the game, his 34th of the season. SOG at the end of the period were 18 for Ottawa and 8 for Brampton. Score 3-1 for Ottawa.

Second period. Beard scored, making it 4-1 for Ottawa. Machesney-BRA was pulled, and Couture-BRA replaced him. Lawrance and Cassidy-BRA fought – more of a spin-a-rama, with no real winners. However, Lawrance was bleeding quite a bit and had to go off to the dressing room for treatment. Hulit, and McGinn continued to get chances, both working hard. Colbert was making some big hits. The ref made a couple of questionable calls against Ottawa, like he was trying to give Brampton a chance to get back into the game. Mancari got a break-away to score another hat trick. The third hat trick in four games. StatsGuy got to throw his hat again, along with a few others. SOG at the end of the second were 32 for Ottawa and 27 for Brampton. Brampton increased the number of SOG, but didn’t score. Score 5-1 for Ottawa.

Third period. Bonello scored – a crazy shot that normally would have been an easy save. Brampton did get some chances, with Battochio making some huge saves. The fourth line/ energy line was out quite a bit – in fact, they were out a lot in the second period too. Hard, hard workers. Brampton just didn’t have the same team energy level that Ottawa did. They had a few moments (i.e., scoring the first goal) but overall Ottawa appeared to be on a mission to win and they were just going to roll over the Battalion. SOG at the end were 47 for Ottawa and 31 for Brampton. Final score was 6-1 for Ottawa.

Pretty impressed with most of the guys tonight. They were all playing physical, forechecking, rushing to the puck, getting breakaways, making good defensive plays. Good on them. They played as a team, had energy, had puck luck. It’s nice to see what this team is capable of when they are all ‘on.’ I hope that we see more of it.

I know I keep identifying the same guys, but really they have deserved the spotlight.

Mancari. Another hat trick. Simply amazing play. He had so many break-aways – some short-handed. He was flying. He now has 35G on the season. He had 3 hat tricks in 4 games (9G), plus 3A. Amazing.
Bonello had a great game. He scored a goal. Worked his butt off. Didn’t get a penalty!
Bickell worked really hard. He had a number of great chances, which unfortunately didn’t result in goals. But he worked hard the entire game. I was impressed with his play.
Hulit had a great game, but like Bickell, he wasn’t lucky in getting the puck in the net. Total Effort though. Even though they didn’t score, they were definitely working hard.
Battochio. Oh so good.
Colbert. One of the better games I’ve seen him play this year. He was very steady in his position, making good defensive plays. He was also checking a lot – he had a couple of really nice open ice hits, where the Brampton player ran into him like he was hitting a wall. Good job.

Not too good tonight. They just didn’t seem to have the same desire level as the 67s. Lynes displayed some good puck handling. Couture made some good saves once he got in the game. Wolski scored first, but the 67s did a good job keeping the Battalion contained.

1, Mancari, (33) (Bonello, Colbert), 04:07 (PP)
1, Kaspar, (18) (Petruzalek, VanderVeeken), 08:39
1, Mancari, (34) (Bickell, Bonello), 19:14
2, Beard, (1) (Petruzalek), 02:15
2, Mancari, (35) , 04:51
3, Bonello, (25) (Joslin, Colbert), 01:28

1, Wolski, (29) (de Gray, McPherson), 01:02

OHL three stars were: (1) Mancari, (2) Battochio, and (3) Colbert.

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Mancari (a great game again; a hat trick – 3 in 4 games; he could have had a lot more as well; “a man on a mission”), (2) Colbert (2A; outstanding; very physical – a couple of huge hits; best game in a long time; just solid in his own end tonight), and (3) Bonello (sparked that top line; 1G and 2A; good effort tonight).


9862. Another sell-out.

3.12 at home this Saturday afternoon (4pm) vs Kingston.
3.13 at home this Sunday night (7pm) vs Mississauga.

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