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From SLAM! Sports, Colts edge 67's. And similar copy appears in the Toronto Sun with this lead, Barrie strikes back.
From the Barrie Examiner Gene Pereira writes, Colts’ number not up yet. Snippets:
Personally, I thought that the defence was particularly bad – standing around, not forechecking . . .
“We worked our heart out,” said Colts rookie centre Matthew Bragg. “We knew it was do-or-die, so, when we came into today, we knew we had to win. We were with our backs against the wall, but we pulled out the win.”
[. . .]
“This team has shown it all year,” said Hisey. “We’re a resilient bunch of guys in there. We have a lot of character and there’s going to be no quit in us, that’s for sure.”
[. . .]
Ottawa’s head coach Brian Kilrea, who was a man of few words after the game, was none too happy with the play of his team.
“I thought Battochio was the best man on the ice, and I couldn’t pick our best forward because I don’t know if anyone stood out,” said Kilrea.
“They had us today. They were all over us, basically from the drop of the puck, even though we scored first,” said Battochio, who has been outstanding throughout the series. “They outshot us and it just looked like they wanted it more than we did.”
From the Ottawa Citizen Andy Watson writes, Colts chase 67's back home. Maybe there’s an excuse for LaCosta’s poor play so far:
From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Battochio abandoned in Barrie. And doesn’t that say it all. This team has benefited greatly this season from having 2 solid goalies – Battochio and Guadagnolo. A quote from Battochio:
"Danny didn't tell me he had a sore finger until he came to the bench after that second goal," Colts head coach Marty Williamson said. "It looks now like he has got a broken finger."
"They had us (last night)," said Battochio, who made 34 saves in another solid performance.
"They were all over us, basically from the drop of the puck, even though we scored first. They outshot us and it just looked like they wanted it more than we did."
Game broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Rogers Television 22/Hinda Koza, John Bartlett, Ben Davy, and Melissa Hamilton).
*Forward: McGinn, Talbot, Hulit; Bickell, Bonello, Mancari; Akeson, Petruzalek, Kaspar; VanderVeeken, Ouellette, Alphonso.
*Defensive pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Stuabitz, Reid; VanHerpt, Reid.
*Starting in goal: Battochio. Guadagnolo back up.
*Scratches: Jarram, Spezza, Lawrance, Kiriakou (healthy), Lahey (inj-concussion)
1, Petruzalek, (1) (Kaspar), 01:38
1, Kaspar, (1) (Van Herpt), 07:13
1, Crombeen, (2) (Hotham, Fuller), 10:32 (PP)
2, Tremblay, (2) (Hisey, Bragg), 10:13
3, Hisey, (2) (Crombeen), 03:13
OHL three stars were: (1) Hisey, (2) Crombeen, and (3) Battochio.
TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Hisey, (2) Battochio, and (3) Hotham.
Game 6 Monday April 4 @ Ottawa 7:30
Game 7* Tuesday April 5 @ Barrie 7:30
* if necessary