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February 28, 2005

Interview With The Coach, “It is an evaluation time.”

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Notes from Killer’s usual post-w/e interview on the TEAM 1200/Dean Brown and Gord Wilson. After thanking Killer for coming on the radio he quipped, “Yeah, it’s fun.” Apparently he told people that he didn’t plan on talking to anybody ’til Tuesday. He said, “It was a bad w/e.”

[paraphrasing]

Some of the fellows who you hope are going to be the leaders and get it done weren’t doing the job, and neither was anyone else.

It was the way we lost. I said to them if a team goes out one night and works hard you can live with it as a coach. If you go out and work and lose then you can look in the mirror.

We had too many players who didn’t do their job.

Sometimes I get the feeling that they think it’s [effort] one of those things that they can turn off and on.

It gets down to the point that if they want to work hard enough then fine. We have some talent. But if you look up and down our line up and the best player is Jamie McGinn and he’s all of 16, you’re in trouble.

What’s next? Well, I’ll try to come down, and get back to business. Try to convince them that they’re not playing for first place, but to get into the play-offs.

I couldn’t put the guys on ice because there’s no ice available [due to shows being held at the Civic Centre]. (Yikes.)

We still have our own fate in our hands, but I don’t see anything desperate in their play that shows that they’re looking at first place. You’d hope that they are looking at their standings and know where they are. Sometimes you wonder if they realize the importance of every game left and whether they care.

We made mistake after mistake and I’m not going to say it was one person, but there was a combination of two or three in one goal. And in another, a situation of us just standing around watching them score a pretty goal.

Goal-tending held us in. We were badly outplayed and they were all over us in Mississauga and we couldn’t get the puck out and Battochio held us in. Guadagnolo in Erie did the same. No problem with goal-tending. We made too many mistakes and had too many people blaming each other.

(On getting Mancari back from suspension) He had a big w/e before he got suspended. But it’s one of those situations, you know the rules. You don’t do something that could cost the team. And that did cost the team. It was needless and we lost four games. Maybe everyone will realize that you have your own job to do.

(Is it too late to start juggling line combinations) We did it over the w/e and we gave some of the fellows some pretty big time outs on the bench, but it turns out we would have only had one line playing on the ice [if we sat everyone who deserved it].

(You’re an emotional guy. You wear it on your sleeve. Is this a time where you probably talk less than more) It is an evaluation time. Will they work, will they dig in the corners, will they come in with an effort, and not only for this year. We have some players coming back next year. If they can’t do the job now then they better forget about next year, because I’m looking. If it means that we have to change the philosophy for next year then we will. If they don’t show they want to play now, do we want them around next year?

Interview With The Captain, “The story of our year has been inconsistency.”

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In his post-w/e interview with the TEAM 1200/Dave Gross and Garry Galley, Will Colbert talked about the dismal w/e. I feel bad for him because it has been such a down year, and he has to come on every week and try to be positive about it all. Today he said some stuff about not knowing what is wrong, not knowing why some guys aren’t showing up, that it’s sad because some of the guys won’t be back, that this is their last year, etc., etc., etc.

I was told that my original post was too harsh, and after re-reading I do agree that there was some overly harsh bits (i.e., about the vets vs rookies), but also some things that I think are realistic. So I’ve self-edited and re-posted.

I disagree with the whole inconsistency label. I would argue that this team has been remarkably consistent. They play better at home, worse on the road. They play better on Friday, worse on Sunday. All season. They are a .500 team, sometimes under, usually just over. But this has been their status all season.

Consistently.

Every week the sports pundits discuss the past w/e’s games, the need to move forward, that they had a good game Friday night, but fell apart on Sunday, that the team still has a chance, that they just need to turn it around.

Every week.

Well, there aren’t many more weeks left. This team has not transformed into what we thought it could be at the beginning of the season. I can’t see them becoming an offensive powerhouse at this point.

Before the w/e they were gunning for top in the conference, possibly first in the division, and trying to secure home ice.

Now? Will they make the play-offs? If they do, will they make it past one round?

Let’s take a look at who they will be playing against over the final stretch: Barrie, Kitchener, Brampton, Peterborough, Mississauga, Kingston (which has given the 67s fits all year).

If the 67s play like usual (i.e., consistently), then we can expect them to win 4/8. The weighting of these potential wins to their overall play-off seating depends upon which team they have beaten (e.g., division vs conference vs Western conference).

At this point, I don’t know what to think. I guess I hope that whatever happens, they just go out and play hard and don’t give up and HAVE FUN. If these next few home games are the last for some of the players, then I hope that they enjoy them.

February 27, 2005

Game Recap at Brampton (27-Feb)

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67s lose 5-1 to the Battalion.
See OHL game summary here.

Killer made some changes to the line up: Forwards: McGinn, Talbot, Hulit (started); Bickell, Petruzalek, Alphonso; Kaspar, Bonello, VanderVeeken; Ouellette, Jarram. Defensive pairings: Joslin, Lawrance; Colbert, Reid; Van Herpt, Reid.

Didn't help.

Bah.

Terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible w/e.

** Updated 2.28.2005 at 1400h by Sid **
Here are the news items from the game. From SLAM! Sports, Battalion outplay 67's. In the Toronto Sun, McDonald's pair boosts Battalion. And from the Ottawa Sun, Battalion extends 67's slump.

Game Recap at Erie (26-Feb)

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67s lose 4-2 to the Otters.
See OHL game summary here.

A couple of news articles: From SLAM! Sports, Otters maul 67's. And from Erie Daily Times/Morning News Otters find mark vs. 67's. [Registration required]

Wow. I'm really disappointed with this team. At this point I’m too disgusted to blog. You know the saying: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all . . .

February 25, 2005

Game Recap at Mississauga (25-Feb)

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67s lose 6-2 to the IceDogs.
See OHL game summary here.

IN THE NEWS
From SLAM! Sports, IceDogs rout 67's. From the Toronto Sun, IceDogs keep pace. And from the Ottawa Sun Swift ending to 67's hopes.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on the TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec. (No television coverage.) Dave and AJ were having major connection problems. The broadcast was cutting in and out making listening extremely difficult.

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

AJ’S END OF GAME SUMMARY
In the first period: The IceDogs open the scoring in the first – a SH goal by Bass. The 67s answered back 37 seconds later (on the same PP) by Staubitz. The IceDogs took the lead again before the end of period – a goal by Hecimovic. SOG were 13-6 for Mississauga. (Ouch.) The score was 2-1.

In the second period: The IceDogs scored swiftly, to make it 3-1. The 67s allowed another SH goal (O’Sullivan), but the 67s came back again in the same PP to make it 3-2 – a goal by McGinn. SOG for the period were 12-12, with SOG overall 25-18.

In the third period: The IceDogs scored another three goals (two PP and one even strength) in a matter of a minute. Goal number 4 (at 1:33) was scored by Pszenyczny (and seemed to take the 67s out of the game), goal number 5 (at 2:02) was scored by Hecimovic, and goal number 6 was 25 seconds later (at 2:27 by Swift). This made it 6-2 for Mississauga. Battochio was pulled at the mid-way point of the period. He stopped 27/33 SOG. Guadagnolo made 3 saves. The final score was 6-2. The final SOG were 36-33 for Mississauga.

SCORING
OTTAWA
1, Staubitz, (5) (Bickell), 10:37 (PP)
2, McGinn, (4) (Bonello, Staubitz), 17:04 (PP)

MISSISSAUGA
1, Bass, (9) (O'Sullivan, Cescon), 10:07 (SH)
1, Hecimovic, (20) , 18:07
2, Swift, (13) (O'Sullivan), 15:54 (SH)
3, O'Sullivan, (28) (Pszenyczny), 01:33 (PP)
3, Hecimovic, (21) (Zanoski, O'Sullivan), 02:02 (PP)
3, Swift, (14) (Abraham, Pszenyczny), 02:27

GAME STARS
OHL three stars were: (1) O’Sullivan, (2) Hecimovic, and (3) Swift.

REFFING
Burchell.

ATTENDANCE
3705.

NEXT UP
Saturday night (2.26) in Erie.

Quick Update

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Listening to Dave Schreiber on the TEAM 1200/Dean Brown and Gord Wilson talking about the 67s and the first game of the road trip tonight. Some notes:

Battochio will get the start. Guadagnolo possibly to get one start, but not for sure. Mancari is out, of course. But Lawrance is still experiencing some wooziness, and will be a game-time decision. (He’ll take the pre-game warm up and then decide.) This will leave Bonello without his line-mates. If Lawrance is out of the game, it is likely that McGinn and Alphonso will move up. And Jarram may possibly get some forward shifts.

And the worst bit of news . . . OHL govs have voted in new rules for next year including the dreaded Shoot Out. YUCK!!!

February 23, 2005

It’s 4 Games

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It looks like the 4 game suspension will stand. Posted on the OHL’s Media Notes today, Mancari is suspended for 4 games beginning February 18. He is eligible to return March 4.

Way To Go Brody!

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We noticed that Brody Todd had himself a stellar w/e. Soo at Saginaw (2.18.2005): He had 2 assists, and was named OHL 2nd star. Soo at Plymouth (2.19.2005): He had a hat trick, and was named OHL 1st star. Good to see him doing well on his new team.

February 22, 2005

67s Have 11 Games Remaining In Regular Season

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This is how the 67s’ schedule breaks down for the remainder of the regular season [OHL]:

2.25 - OTT at MIS (away)
2.26 - OTT at ERI (away)
2.27 - OTT at BRA (away)
3.04 - BAR at OTT
3.06 - KIT at OTT
3.08 - OTT at KIN (away)
3.11 - BRA at OTT
3.12 - KIN at OTT
3.13 - MIS at OTT
3.18 - PET at OTT
3.20 - KIN at OTT

I’m going to switch the sidebar box from Division to Conference standings now that we’re heading into the final stretch. It’ll be interesting to see which teams move, and which way they move.

Interview With The Coach, “Battochio played outstanding on Friday . . .”

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In his regular post-w/e interview on the TEAM 1200/Dean Brown and Gord Wilson, Killer had following to say:

On the winning w/e: It was something we needed. It was good for a lot of things, and confidence is the biggest thing.

On one win being bigger than others: Probably Peterborough. For us to get over the hump and beat them and get the four pointer is the most satisfying for me.

On Battochio: Battochio played outstanding on Friday and yesterday. There’s no doubt you don’t win without great goaltending. Danny personifies more courage and intestinal fortitude and abilities. And he’s a leader in the room because they know full well what he has had to go through, to battle, to get where he is.

On leadership: We’re getting great leadership out of Brad Staubitz and VanderVeeken. And Jarram talks it up on the bench. They’ve helped inside because basically we were a quiet team.

On the stretch: The tough part for us is staying healthy. One of our problems is that we don’t have a lot of depth up front. All of a sudden you don’t have the depth and it shows. For example you lose Akeson, he was a leader and muscle. Lawrance moved up and now he’s hurt. Mancari’s out. I get mad sometimes because if you get involved in a fight, that takes one of the leaders out of the line up.

On Mancari’s suspension: Well, I don’t think we’ll find out ’til probably Wednesday. We sent the tape today and it wouldn’t arrive ’til tomorrow. I’d say Wednesday or Thursday we’ll know. Whether it’s two or three, I’m hoping they see it that way. It’s definitely going to be a two game suspension for third man in.

On the health of team: Akeson is injured. Lawrance is out, complained of feeling light-headed after the fight. Reid is going for x-rays on his thumb. I haven’t heard anything about Reid yet.

On the road trip: We’re going to leave early on Thursday. We’ll have a nice dinner and relax Thursday night. Hopefully this will give us some more energy.

On the other teams in conference: I feel bad for Brad Selwood up in Oshawa because it’s not the type of year they were hoping for. They’re looking towards the future. The other teams - from one to eight - it’s a scramble, and it will probably go down to the last week. Home ice won’t be decided until the last week. Everyone plays everyone.

February 21, 2005

Interview With The Captain, “It was probably our best w/e of the year so far.”

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Notes from Colbert’s usual post-w/e interview with the TEAM 1200/Dave Gross and Garry Galley. “The always exuberant Will Colbert,” says Gross.


On the successful w/e: It was probably our best w/e of the year so far.

On covering Bobby Ryan [Owen Sound]: He’s got it all. The eyes and the hands. He made one good pass yesterday. Other than that we were able to shut him down.

How do you contain him? Try to keep him to the outside. They have a few players like that - Richardson, Jarrett, and Ruzicka.

On Friday’s win against the Petes: The most complete game of the year. We finally got fired up to play Peterborough. That was a huge one. We kept them off the score sheet. A huge one. We’re really excited about that.

On the tight race developing in the East:It’s amazing how tight it is. So it just shows you that every game is going to mean something in the end.

On the coming week’s schedule: All on the road. Mississauga Friday. Erie on Saturday. Back in Brampton on Sunday. After this w/e, we just go to Kinston once. The rest are at home.

On moving Mancari’s suspension from 4 to 2 games: We definitely need Mancari back. It’ll be nice to have him back.

Game Recap vs Owen Sound (20-Feb)

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See OHL game summary here. Owen Sound have a game summary here. Some choice bits:

The 67's put a big blip on our Attack season record back on November 20th by defeating us in Owen Sound 4-3. Same thing today.

[. . .]

We think it is tough in the OHL West, but in the East every game will be a test of where you want to finish the season from now on in. Ottawa so wanted our Attack to defeat the Bulls last night.

And this is interesting considering the stick debate:

On a side note, sticks have been breaking at an allarming [sic] rate lately. Brad took 10 with him for the 3 game road trip and has now broke them all.

IN THE NEWS
From SLAM! Sports 67's rally for win. A quote:

"That was a very important goal for us as a team," Petruzalek said. "The whole team believed we could win. We beat them in their home rink (in November)."

And similar copy in the NHL news (because what else do they have to report on) with this heading, Ottawa 67's rally for 4-3 win over Owen Sound Attack in OHL action. From the Owen Sound Sun Times Bill Walker writes, Attack lose twice on road trip.

Also from SLAM! Sports Bruce Garrioch writes, 67's survive home Attack. Some good stuff from Killer:

"That might be our longest winning streak of the season. We're playing pretty well and we're doing well as a team," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea, standing in the hallway at the Civic Centre with a victory cigar in his mouth.

[. . .]

"The big thing for us right now is confidence," said Kilrea. "When you're struggling and not putting the puck in the net, it can sometimes be tough to find a way to get things going. That hasn't always been the case.

"We're missing guys and we've been getting guys who have stepped up for us and contributed. We've got all our lines going and Battochio was excellent (yesterday). He gives up a fourth goal when we're down 3-1 and we're in trouble."

Nice to read positive comments about the guys. Garrioch also wrote in the article that Reid may have broken his thumb.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Rogers Television 22/Scott MacArthur, Ed Hand, and Lee Versage).

Notes from the TEAM 1200 pre-game show:

* Owen Sound is the second best team in the OHL. They’ve been falling under the radar due to London’s record.

* Mancari is out with a 4 game suspension. Not sure what adjustments Killer will make to the line up. The team is appealing the suspension; trying to drop it from 4 to 2 games.

* Big Snake will not play.

Interview with the Asst. Coaches Bert O’Brien and Vince Malette:

ON Friday’s win against Peterborough, O’Brien: Thought we played well. We were happy with how we played them in Peterborough, and a number of scouts told us that we should have won that game. But we only scored one goal.

ON Battochio’s SO, Bert: He is deserving of a SO. It is nice to have the 2 guys, well 3 with Spezza. With all the injuries that he has had, and with that surgery last year, I hope that the poor guy can stay up the rest of the year.

ON Bonello’s big game on Friday night, Malette: He’s a feisty hockey player and skilled too. Deep down he wanted to play really well to beat Peterborough. He understands the importance of being near the top. The line is playing really well. If we can get 3 lines playing well, the better for us.

ON Mancari’s game on Friday, and suspension, Malette: It was a good effort. He is a big key to our hockey game. He makes a difference to our team. Lawrance is adjusting really well to that line. He cuts down on the defensive lapses the other forwards make. Mancari has to sit out this game, and possibly one other.

ON the game today against Owen Sound, Malette: If you eliminated London, Owen Sound would be the top leader in the league. We need to play solid. We have to lift our level of play. They’ve got a lot of offensive guys. They are not the same team we played in November. Yeah we beat them, but we need to come out and play.

Other notes:

Mancari was interviewed by AJ during the first intermission on the TEAM 1200 broadcast. He explained what happened that led to his suspension: At the end of the period, Brad was crosschecked from behind and the ref missed it. Brad and Hendrikx looked like they were going to fight, and I went over to pull Brad out. I was jumped from behind by Tardif. I’m disappointed with myself because I’m not out there with the team. Killer’s not happy. The team is appealing. They have a tape prepared to send to the league. I’m hoping to get back next w/e for the road trip. The rest of the games this year are huge for us.

Akeson was interviewed by Scott MacArthur during the second intermission on Rogers Television 22 broadcast. Akeson has been out with a wrist and Achilles injury. He said that he injured a couple of tendons in his right hand. He said that he will be working on rehab soon, and hopes to be back for play-offs.

LINE UPS
Forwards: Bickell, Talbot, Hulit; Lawrance, Bonello, Alphonso (started); VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, Kaspar; McGinn, Ouellette, Jarram.

Defensive pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Staubitz, Reid; Beard, Van Herpt.

Starting in goal: Battochio. Guadagnolo on the bench.

Scratches: Akeson (inj-Achilles, -wrist), Lahey (inj-concussion), Mancari (suspension #1), and Spezza (healthy).

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
In the first period, Lawrance and Hanley (OWE) dropped the gloves at the opening puck drop. They had been having words. Hanley looked like he got the better of Lawrance, but Hanley was bleeding. They both got 5 minutes. It continued being chippy on both sides. Ottawa had some trouble getting the puck out of their zone, and had no luck during the PP. Owen Sound was really strong with the puck. It was a physical game, and I was concerned that the 67s would let it get to them; get them off their game. For instance, Staubitz took a penalty for an after-the-whistle slash, Hulit hitting his stick on the ice. The line ups continued changing: Bickell played with Petruzalek and Kaspar, and with Talbot and Hulit. VanderVeeken played with Bonello and Alphonso, and with Ouellette and McGinn. A lot of moving around. Owen Sound scored first, a PP goal by Sekera, but Ottawa tied it up before the end of the period. Talbot scored - the puck just trickling over the line - with assists to Hulit and Colbert. SOG at the end were 9-7 for Ottawa.

The Attack continued pressing in the second period, but there was some sloppy play for both sides. Ottawa’s rookie line or energy line was doing a great job. They were getting tons of chances, working hard. McGinn scored, with assists to VanderVeeken and Ouellette. There was another fight, this one between Jarram and Koverko (OWE), with Jarram getting the worse. Kaspar was throwing his body around, playing physical. He had a beautiful check on Hanley (OWE), who went skates over head into the 67s bench. During one of the Attack’s PKs, Angelidis (OWE) single-handedly held the puck while fighting off 2 67s players. He ate up a good 30 seconds of that PP himself. A great job. The Attack scored twice, and the 67s once, for a 3-2 lead by Owen Sound. SOG at the end of the period were 17-14 for Owen Sound.

The 67s came out strong in the third period. Colbert scored early in the period, a shot from the blue line. This tied the game. Several minutes later Petruzalek scored, to give the 67s the lead. Another fight broke out between Bickell and Smith (OWE), with Bickell getting this one. Joslin and Angelidis tussled some, each getting a 10 minute misconduct. The 67s held their ground, with Battochio making some game saving moves (as per usual). The Attack pulled their goalie, and the 67s almost got an EN: the puck rolling on its side was swiped away by the speedy skating Lehun just before going in net. The 67s held on to the one goal lead to win 4-3. A great ending to a winning w/e for the 67s. SOG were 33-29 for Ottawa. The 67s went 0/5 on the PP, and the Attack were 1/3.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE 67s
Well, I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with the whole lot of them. There were a few mistakes or bone-headed moves, but they played well for the most part. They kept up their energy, they forechecked, they rushed to the net for chances, they were physical, they didn’t sit back when they were down. They were missing some key guys – Mancari, and Lawrance left the game with an injury – which is basically one whole line gone.

I thought that Bickell stepped up his play in this game. He is such a big guy that he can push through checks, just force his way through. Talbot and Hulit had great games, especially noticed during the PK.

I’m really impressed with the energy line guys: McGinn, Ouellette, and Alphonso. These guys have so much energy when they get on the ice. I noticed this Friday night as well. They play physical, don’t let opponents push them around. They are really fun to watch. McGinn was moving around on different lines, playing hard, had chances, scored 1G. Ouellette was flying out there, had 1A. Alphonso played well, able to work through checks, puck handling, had 1A. Great job.
McGinn, Ouellette, Alphonso

IMPRESSIONS OF THE ATTACK
Considering that Owen Sound was playing their third game on the road, these guys looked good. They were really, really good handling the puck and passing. They kept up the pressure right to the last seconds of the game.

Lamb - strong on defence.
Sekera - speedy, scored a goal.
Angelidis - hard working, good puck handling, physical.
Lehun - was everywhere, worked hard, speedy.
Beckham - a physical presence.
Ruzicka - talented, speedy, good with the puck, 1A.
Ryan - a big kid, talented, 2A.
Brown - held up for the first two periods, good with his rebounds, positioning.
Richardson - steady player, scored 1G.

SCORING
OTTAWA
1, Talbot, (24) (Hulit, Colbert), 19:27
2, McGinn, (3) (VanderVeeken, Ouellette), 14:54
3, Colbert, (5) (Alphonso), 03:20
3, Petruzalek, (20) (Hulit, Bickell), 07:20

OWEN SOUND
1, Sekera, (7) (Ryan, Ruzicka), 08:12 (PP)
2, Kyrzakos, (2) (Liske, Brochu), 03:54
2, Richardson, (39) (Lehun, Ryan), 10:37

THREE STARS
OHL three stars were: (1) Petruzalek, (2) Colbert, and (3) Battochio.

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Hulit (a pretty solid effort; a great job late in the game; helped offensively with 2A, and a lot of hard work), (2) Richardson (a solid 2-way game; nice goal off Lehun; really responsible in his own end; coming back hard to back-check; not a physical player, but he is offensively skilled and smart), and (3) McGinn (played outstanding hockey from start to finish; started out on the 4th line, but moved up when Lawrance was injured, he scored a big goal in the second period which really ignited Ottawa, and gave them life). An honourable mention to Battochio, who held the fort when the Attack were pressing late in the game.

REFFING
Kostyk.

ATTENDANCE
9862. Another sell-out; fourth straight sell-out. I can see the remaining home games going the same way, especially when the 67s play like they did this w/e.

NEXT UP
Road trip . . .
Away Friday night (2.25.2005)at Mississauga.
Away Saturday night (2.26.2005) at Erie.
Away Sunday afternoon (2.27.2005) at Brampton.

February 19, 2005

Game Recap vs Peterborough (18-Feb)

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67s win 4-0 over the Petes. An awesome game, and the first OHL SO to Battochio. Way to go. See OHL game summary here.

IN THE NEWS
From SLAM! Sports, 67's punish Petes. From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, Bonello turns up heat on Petes. Some snippets:

67's 4, Petes 0 Brad Bonello, the Ottawa 67's own Little Ball of Hate (that's a term of endearment for a hockey player, by the way), burned brightly last night.

The spunky overager was right in the middle of the 67's 4-0 win over the Peterborough Petes, a team that gave up on Bonello at the beginning of this season.

[. . .]

"Getting a couple of goals was sweet, but the victory was No. 1," said Bonello. "It was just a bonus for myself to help get the win. "It's satisfying to contribute in a big game we needed to win to stay in the hunt for first place."

And the best quote from Killer in a long time:

"(The Petes) beat us a couple of times when we've gotten close so maybe this is a break-through win," said Kilrea. "Everybody came to play." [Emphasis added]

And from the Peterborough Examiner Mike Davies writes, Petes' can't find target in Ottawa. A snippet:

OTTAWA – Peterborough Petes comfortable lead atop the OHL’s East Division is no longer comfortable.

Ottawa 67’s thumped a listless Petes 4-0, before a sold out Civic Centre crowd of 9,862 last night, to close within three points for the division lead.

PRE-GAME NOTES
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). Notes from the pre-game show:

* The Petes lost last night at home, 7-5 to Guelph.

* The 67s are 5 points back of the Petes for first in the East Division prior to this game.

* The 67s have finally got their PP going, but still need to improve.

* Staubitz will be back tonight. His hand is a bit sore. He means a lot to the team on and off the ice. He’s a real vocal leader. He’s wearing the ‘A’ on his sweater. He makes the team play bigger on the ice.

* Battochio is 0/3 against the Petes.

* MacDougald will start for Peterborough. He is coming off a meltdown the previous night. He was pulled from the net after letting in 5 goals.

* The 67s have to stay away from taking dumb penalties.

And two pre-game interviews with Killer: one on the TEAM 1200 Buzz On Junior Hockey/Buzz and Dave Gross, and the other on TEAM 1200 67s Pre-game Show/Dave Schreiber.

Pre-game interview with Killer/Buzz and Dave Gross:

ON the Oshawa game: We played well. If you don’t come to play ready, you’re not going to beat them.

ON St. Mikes’ winning record of late: They weren’t scoring enough goals, so they traded away Clutterbuck for the two Donati brothers to get a scoring punch. The coach has said that their goaltending and defence is as good as anybody.

ON upcoming game vs Owen Sound: David Bell will be behind the bench. It’s good to see him doing well. If you have a top list of anything, he’d be on it.

Pre-game interview with Killer/Dave Schreiber:

ON the Oshawa game: Getting the first goal was right off the bat was a big rush for us. It was a game we had to have.

ON scoring a PP goal: It was a great shot [by Hulit] off of Julian Talbot. Hopefully it will come alive now.

ON Staubitz back in the line up: There is nothing wrong with his hand. He wasn’t feeling well. We’re happy to have him back. He is feeling better today. [This was really odd . . . it was reported that Staubitz had xrays done on his hand, but Killer said it wasn’t his hand . . . Schreibs was clearly taken aback – there was a pause and then OK, and then he asked his next question. I mean he and AJ had just discussed Staubitz’ hand in the pre-game notes. Maybe Killer didn’t want Hendrikx getting any ideas for a repeat.]

ON playing Peterborough: They’ll be coming to play their style – working hard, finishing their checks, etc.

LINE UPS
Forwards: Bickell, Talbot, Hulit; Lawrance, Bonello, Mancari (started); VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, Kaspar; McGinn, Ouellette, Alphonso.

Defensive Pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Staubitz, Reid; Van Herpt, Beard.

Starting in goal: Battochio. Guadagnolo on the bench.

Scratches: Akeson (inj-Achilles, -wrist), Lahey (inj-concusion), Spezza (healthy), and Jarram (healthy?).

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
The 67s worked hard for the majority of the game. They took a few off shifts (i.e., where it looked like they were coasting, and some shifts where Peterborough was definitely the stronger team physically and with puck handling), but overall it was great effort by the 67s. Another positive for the 67s, was that they stayed out of trouble. I was impressed with their composure/response to the on-the-ice crap. They didn’t let themselves get goaded into any stupid penalties. The energy line of Alphonso/ Ouellette/ McGinn had a great night. They were able to get the puck into the offensive zone for numerous chances. Bonello scored a nice PP goal in the first. SOG at the end of the period were 15-13 for Ottawa.

Bonello scored again in the second period. It was a really nice set up by Mancari, the perfect pass to Bonello. And Bickell got a goal as well. Peterborough was doing some pretty nasty stuff – actually both sides got away with some stuff. The ref ignored a lot of it – which is always a bad idea in the OHL, as the guys become more frustrated and try to settle it own their own. In the second period, Hunter (PET) checked Beard, using his glove to mash Beard’s face into the glass. Hunter didn’t think he deserved a penalty, mouthed off to the ref and was given a 10 minute misconduct. A few minutes later, Talbot checked Flood (PET) from behind into the boards, getting a 4 minute penalty. At the end of the period, Hendrikx (PET) cross-checked Bonello from behind (StatsGuy said it was to the head) and the ref didn’t call it, or didn’t see it. Bonello lost it finally (and he was doing such a good job at controlling himself!). He tangled up with the larger Hendrikx, and when a linesman stepped in between them, he couldn’t stop them from throwing punches. Mancari skated over to aid Bonello, and just as he got there to pull Hendrikx off Bonello, Tardif (PET) jumped him from behind. All hell broke lose, with Bonello and Hendrikx fighting, and Tardif laying on top of Mancari. In the end, they all got major penalties; 5 minutes for fighting, and Mancari got a 2 game suspension.

In the third period things settled down a little. VanderVeeken scored, with assists to Petruzalek and Kaspar. The Petes couldn’t get anything going, and the 67s went on to win 4-0. Overall, the 67s were 2/6 on the PP, and the Petes were 0/4 on the PP. SOG were 39-32 for Peterborough. An impressive win by the 67s, to close the points gap between themselves and the Petes for first in the East Division.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE 67s
Mancari. Total energy and effort. Had 2A. Because he jumped into the fray at the end of the second period, he was given a 2 game suspension. He will be missed on Sunday. Again, he looked like one of the bigger guys on the ice. Good to see him stepping it up, creating chances, playing physical.

Bonello. Feisty. When he is on his game he is so fun to watch. He had a great night, playing with his usual energy. He was flying out there, making some big plays, scoring goals. He stood up to the bigger Hendrikx (PET), so kudos to him.

Battochio. Congrats to him for his first OHL SO. He had his usual steady game. It’s great to have these guys on the team, where their usual game is always top-notch, that it’s unusual when they have a bad game. I’m thinking of Battochio, Guadagnolo, and especially Talbot. You could even add Hulit to the list.

Reid was very strong on defence tonight. He didn’t do anything flashy, but played a steady game. He even got some great scoring chances.


Kaspar had a really good game. He worked hard on his shifts. He also made some really good defensive plays when he was on the point. Really good. He had 2A.


Bickell and VanderVeeken had a goal each. Petruzalek had 2A. Lawrance continues to work well on the wing. He had 1A. Van Herpt had a good game on defence. Staubitz had a steady game. He didn’t get into any fights, but he made sure that the Petes knew he wouldn’t hesitate if they started taking liberties.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE PETES
Not too much to say about the Petes tonight. They didn’t play well. They didn’t seem to have the constant energy – it came and went. A few I noticed: Flood has nice hands. He made some really nice soft passes, others crisp; and he had really good puck handling skills. Hendrikx. Tough guy. Reddox and Kaleta. It was the first time I saw Hunter in a Petes sweater.

SCORING
OTTAWA
1, Bonello, (19) (Mancari, Petruzalek), 17:00 (PP)
2, Bonello, (20) (Mancari, Lawrance), 03:47
2, Bickell, (21) (Hulit, Kaspar), 11:11 (PP)
3, VanderVeeken, (8) (Petruzalek, Kaspar), 02:15

PETERBOROUGH
No scoring.

THREE STARS
OHL three stars were: (1) Bonello, (2) Battochio, and (3) Mancari.

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Mancari (he set the tone in the first period and carried it through 40 minutes, he had some big hits, created a lot of turnovers); (2) Battochio (his first OHL SO with 39 saves, always in great position, makes the hard saves look easy, a nice accomplishment); and (3) Bonello (he was a real pest against his former team tonight, both goals were big, played a hard-nosed game, didn’t back down, showed his toughness in fighting Hendrikx).

REFFING
Carroll. Terrible. He let such blatant stuff go – we’re talking cross-checking, fighting, tripping, elbowing . . . you name it. What a terrible job. Someone could have been really injured tonight.

ATTENDANCE
9862. Another sell-out.

NEXT UP
At home Sunday (2.20) afternoon vs Owen Sound. It will be interesting to see how they match up. Their last meeting was in Owen Sound on 11.20.2004. The 67s won 4-3.

February 18, 2005

Game Recap at Oshawa (17-Feb)

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Ottawa wins 6-3 over Oshawa. See OHL game summary here. And the Gens have a game summary currently on their main page here.

IN THE NEWS
From SLAM! Sports, 67's down struggling Gens.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on radio (the TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber; AJ Jakubec stayed in Ottawa), and television (Rogers Television 22/Oshawa feed). Some notes from the TEAM 1200 pre-game broadcast:

* Schreibs had this to say about Staubitz’ injury: “They’re still awaiting x-rays on his right hand. It’s still swollen from a fight he was in against Hendrikx, and it’s only got worse since then. He intends to play tomorrow. Hopefully it’s not broken, because Ottawa can’t afford to lose him.”

* Schreibs said that they [Ottawa coaching team] were not sure what they were going to do with the defence pairings tonight -- if they would bring Lawrance back to defence, and move Jarram up to forward, so that they could have the experience on the defence.

* Oshawa has been having a really bad run. They are out of the play-offs, and look to be building around the team for next year.

* Clutterbuck has a lot of talent; has been one of the better Gens players lately.

* They watched the Kingston and Belleville game yesterday. Schreib’s was surprised at how easily Kingston beat the Bulls. Kingston took the early lead, and the Bulls were a different team. He said that Kingston scares him. They could really put a push on Ottawa over the next series of meetings.

* This could be a huge loss for Ottawa, if they don’t pick up the two points tonight.

* The draft will happen if they do sign a CBA, Schreibs said the Scouts told him at the BEL/KIN game.

* In his pre-game interview [Oshawa] Coach Ladouceur had this to say about Peter Tsmikalis: He has a big role with the hockey team. He sees action in all situations; the PP, PK, face-offs. He’s a good character kid. He gives you his best every night.

Notes from the pre-game interview with Killer:

ON the 2-1 loss to Belleville: We didn’t play totally bad, we just couldn’t score. The biggest thing to worry about is the PP. If we would have got going on one PP goal we could have tied or even won.

ON the PP: We just have to try to keep it simple. We practiced yesterday for about an hour.

ON Staubitz being out of the line up: He stayed back. We’ll hope that he is ready for Friday and Sunday. He keeps the other fellows honest, and is important in the room.

On Guadganolo getting the start: We need to make sure that both goaltenders stay sharp. They’ve both given us great games, and Danny is going to start the Friday and Sunday games, so Anthony starts tonight.

On playing against Oshawa: We can’t let up against anybody. At this point every game is important. This is an important w/e and it starts tonight. They played well against Sudbury the other night. Each time they get a chance to work with the coach they get a little bit better.

LINE UPS
Forwards: VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, Kaspar; McGinn, Bonello, Mancari; Bickell, Talbot, Hulit (started); Alphonso, Ouellette, Jarram.

Defensive pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Van Herpt, Reid; Lawrance, Beard.

Starting in net: Guadagnolo. Battochio on the bench, and he will get the starts at home this w/e.

Scratches: Staubitz (inj-wrist), Akeson (inj-Achilles, wrist), Lahey (inj-concussion), and Spezza (healthy).

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
The 67s came out working in the first period, and they scored right away (30 seconds in) - Joslin. Oshawa didn’t sit back, but kept coming. I did notice that Ottawa let up in the last 5 minutes of the period. They were playing quite scrambly at one point during the end stretch, where Guadagnolo made some good saves.

There were a flurry of goals scored in the second period; 5 in total: 3 for Ottawa, and 2 for Oshawa. Joslin went hard into the boards at the beginning of the period, and had to be helped off the ice by the trainer (Patafi). The next play after Joslin got of the ice, an Oshawa player went awkwardly into the boards -- shoulder injury it looked like. He too had to be assisted from the ice by the Gens’ trainer. Trudell got a nice break-away goal, going top shelf. Hulit scored a PP goal, making the grand total 1/28 over February games. All in all a good period for both teams.

Both teams continued to play well into the third period. Bonello’s goal, an assist by Mancari, was a nice goal. Bonello was parked to the left of DiRienzo, and was in the perfect spot to get the pass from Mancari. The Gens pulled DiRienzo at the end, and Mancari got an EN goal. The 67s went on to win 6-3. SOG for the game were 40-32 for Ottawa. Ottawa was 1/4 on the PP, and Oshawa was 0/1.

Overall, both teams worked well. Ottawa took fewer penalties, and I think this helped keep them offensively-minded. They were finally able to score on the PP. But they still need to work on positioning and puck handling because scoring a PP goal on Oshawa is not the same as say, scoring a PP goal on Peterborough or Owen Sound.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE 67s
Joslin. What a great game for Joslin. He was very strong defensively, steady in his position. He also had a great offensive night as well, with 1G and 1A. He has been one of the best d-men for the 67s this year, and it will be exciting to watch him progress if this is his level of play in his first year.

Talbot just impresses me so much. He quietly goes about his business. He’s constant in his play. He works hard. Tonight, with the decrease in PKs, he (and Hulit) were able to focus more of their energy offensively and it paid off. Overall, he had 1G and 2A.

Hulit. What a great performance by Hulit against his old teammates. He was on fire tonight, and it was evident just how 'up' he was for this game when he was interviewed during the intermission on the television broadcast -- he was talking so fast he reminded me of Matt Foy! One of the biggest things he did tonight . . . scored a PP goal. Finally! Overall, he had 1G and 2A.

I also thought that Mancari had a good game, and Bonello played without any extra drama. Their line contributed offensively. Mancari had 1G and 2A, and Bonello had 1G and 2A.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE GENERALS
Trudell. Very dominant player; scored 1G.

Tsimikalis. It was good to hear the positive things about him from Coach Ladouceur in the radio pre-game interview. Tsim got 1G tonight, so good for him (both Tsim and Hulit had good games tonight against their former teammates).

Others? Berti. Another strong player for Oshawa. DiRienzo worked hard at controlling his rebounds, and he had 1A tonight. Clutterbuck. He is a huge guy -- played a very physical game. He laid some great body checks against the 67s. Heshmatpour usually gets under the 67s’ skin, but not too much tonight. He did get 1A.

SCORING
OTTAWA
1, Joslin, (6) (Hulit, Colbert), 00:35
2, Hulit, (25) (Talbot, Joslin), 09:13 (PP)
2, McGinn, (2) (Bonello, Mancari), 10:45
2, Talbot, (23) (Bickell, Hulit), 12:11
3, Bonello, (18) (Mancari, Van Herpt), 04:05
3, Mancari, (26) (Talbot, Bonello), 19:28 (EN)

OSHAWA
2, Kavanagh, (5) (Thompson, Biduke), 10:22
2, Trudell, (24) (Heshmatpour, DiRienzo), 17:07
3, Tsimikalis, (13) (Thompson), 08:49

THREE STARS
OHL three stars were: (1) Hulit, (2) Joslin, and (3) Clutterbuck.

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Hulit (provided offence; was up and down the ice tonight; had 1G and a pair of key assists), (2) Joslin (this kid just keeps getting better and better; there are more and more scouts that like this kid; a second or third round pick; got that first goal and set the tone for the 67s tonight; had 1G and 1A; was solid defensively tonight), and (3) Talbot (played his usual solid two-way hockey game; had 1G and 2A; his pass to Hulit finally produced a PP goal for Ottawa). An honourable mention goes to Mancari (a good solid effort tonight).

REFFING
Beer. Not too many called. He did miss a few tripping calls.

ATTENDANCE
2486.

NEXT UP
At home Friday night (2.18) vs Peterborough. This will be a HUGE game.
At home Sunday afternoon (2.20) vs Owen Sound.
AJ said prior to the start of the pre-game show that there were around 600 tickets left for both games.

February 15, 2005

Interview With The Coach, “We’re close enough to be first and close enough to be out.”

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In his usual post-w/e interview with the TEAM 1200/Dean Brown and Gord Wilson, Killer had the following to say today [paraphrasing]:

I’m 24 hours late but at least we caught up with each other.

On the Jeckell-and-Hyde-type play of Friday [Mississauga win] and Sunday [Belleville loss]: We stared off in Peterborough [Thursday] pretty well. We had some good chances. It was encouraging because we played well and then played well on Friday. Then discouraging on Sunday because we only had one goal, and you can’t win too many with only one goal.

Will the team be travelling a day ahead again this week? Yes, we’ll be leaving tomorrow afternoon to go to Belleville, then carry on to Oshawa. We’re going to go and watch Kingston and Belleville play a game. We’ll be coming back a little later coming home, so hopefully we’ll still have something left for the game on Friday.

Will the whole team go to watch the game? Yes. It’ll be a nice night out for them. We’ve got 22 on the roster. All will go, except for Lahey and Akeson who will not be going. Maybe watching someone else work and seeing how it looks when they work hard will have an effect on them.

Are you disappointed with the work ethic? Yes, I’m disappointed with some of them and their work ethic. I’m disappointed because it was a game [Sunday vs Belleville] that would have meant a lot for points. We know that we have a good enough team provided they work. But we get into a situation some nights that we take too many dumb penalties. It gets to the point that the same guys have to work hard to kill off penalties and it wears them down for their offensive work. The same guys have to be out there to keep us in the game instead of being out there trying to score.

On the number of games left in the regular season, and the players not listening to Killer’s message re: consistency: If they aren’t preaching it to themselves at this point, they should be. If they don’t realize that if they don’t pick up their game their junior careers could be over soon. We’re close enough to be first and close enough to be out.

On the stretch of home games for the 67s over the last stretch: Last month will be an awful lot easier than going up and down the highway. March will be a good month. Hopefully we can get there still competitive and in the running for something.

On Battochio’s return to the line up: It was an incredible return for Danny the two games he gave us. Guadagnolo played a tremendous game in Peterborough. Goaltending is not the worry. I’m worried about the some of the others.

On Spezza remaining up with team, and possibility of getting another shot in net: I don’t know if he will. It depends on the health of the two goaltenders and the situation we find ourselves in. The reason Spezza has stayed up is because we couldn’t get him a floating release to Lindsay, and he couldn’t go to Smith Falls because they’re not a tier two affiliate. We had to use a card to keep him up here.

Why has he [Spezza] been bounced around a bit: A lot of teams have their own number one goalie, and back up. Rather than trade to get another – for them to gamble on Spezza well they don’t have to because they already have two. Kingston had three – that is why they released him. And it worked because we had the injuries. Matt has to really look after himself a little bit. When the summer comes he is going to have to get down and dirty a little bit because he’s going to have to think about if he really wants to be a goaltender. He needs to get in shape.

On the importance of getting off to a good start this week: I put an awful lot of importance on the game on Thursday. We need to start off well. A lot of things can happen on Thursday that will have a bearing on Friday and Sunday. [/paraphrasing]

The 67s’ Poor PP

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Here’s the run down of the PP results for the month of February:

2.14 – BEL – 0/5
2.11 – MIS – 0/6
2.10 – PET – 0/9
2.06 – KIN – 0/2
2.04 – BRA – 0/5

So for the month of February, the 67s are 0/27! You have to go back to January for the last PP goals:

1.31 – BRA – 3/5

(These numbers taken from the OHL scorer’s sheets for each game.)

Interview With Brad Staubitz (14-Feb)

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Brad Staubitz was on the TEAM 1200/Dave Gross and Garry Galley today. Will Colbert, who usually comes on after the w/e to talk about the games, couldn’t do the show because he has mid-terms. Some notes:

[paraphrasing]

How’s life as 67s? I’m really enjoying it. I’ve been here a month and having a great time.

This team has been on a bit of a roller coaster – consistency problems – need to work on this? Yeah. Especially with the season winding down. We need to get settled down and start winning some games.

On the difference between the east and the west. Is the west wilder? It looks like the east might be tougher overall, in the division. It’s different for me coming into the east because I didn’t see these eastern teams much so they’re new to me.

When you were still with Soo and you played Ottawa, Bickell hit one of the Soo players and then you followed him around the rest of the game – do you ever talk about that? (chuckle) No. It was my role to protect the younger guys. Now I’m glad I didn’t get into with him because Bicks has got a good one.

You spent 3 years riding the busses with the Soo – what was that like? I spent a lot of time riding that bus. But I think that it was good for the team. There wasn’t much to do except talk to each other, so the guys were really close.

You’re close with Jeff Carter? He’s a good friend of mine. He’s a dominant player on the ice. All the hype about him is true. He’s a dominant player and a good person.

Any prospects – you attended the last Anaheim camp? Anaheim was last season. I haven’t heard anything, but I’m most likely looking at playing university [Canadian].

You haven’t had too many battles since coming to Ottawa, but you’ve acquitted yourself well. Who would you say toughest in OHL now? Zack Stortini, Brandon Purst, John Hecimovic; I’d say that it would be similar to that OHL tough guys website.

You had a tussle with Stortini in one game and you did well – how was that? It was a real battle – a long one. It was at the end of the game.

Do you look down the roster before a game to identify guys who might be trouble? Well me, I’m still trying to get to know the guys in the east. But there are other guys on the team who are not afraid to get into it, like Bickell, Jarram, and Mancari.

Any plans for Valentine’s Day or laying low? (chuckle) Laying low.

[/paraphrasing]

Looks Like The Veteran 67s Aren’t The Only OHL Vets In Trouble

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In the Mississauga News Online Gary McCarthy writes, IceDogs continue ugly skid. Apparently the IceDogs’ effort on Friday night was not acceptable to Coach Gilbert. I do not envy that man one bit, having to deal with a number of ‘handle with care’ players. A snippet:

OTTAWA--There are some veteran members of the Mississauga IceDogs who may soon find themselves on the outside looking in unless they start providing the leadership that is needed to make the team successful.

It is no secret that GM Mario Forgione and the coaching staff are more than disappointed with the club's recent efforts.

Coach Greg Gilbert had a message for some of the team members after yet another non-effort Friday night that resulted in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa 67's.

"Right now our older players are our worst players," said Gilbert. "They better pick it up or they're going to find themselves sitting in the stands. And I don't care who they are either."

[. . .]

"Outside of Cody Bass and (Anthony) Butera, we've got some older players who are just putting in time," continued Gilbert. "The older guys are the ones who have more on the line because they're the ones who want pro careers," he noted.

Without question, players like Patrick O'Sullivan, Kyle Quincey and Tom Zanoski are among the veterans who haven't been delivering the goods on a consistent basis lately, and it was clear Gilbert had them in mind when he spoke of "not caring who they are" if there is any benching to be done.

[. . .]

"Once we get healthy, there could well be some guys watching from the stands," said Gilbert.

Game Recap vs Belleville (13-Feb)

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67s lose 2-1 to the Bulls. See OHL game summary here. Belleville has a game summary here.

IN THE NEWS
From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, 67's can't hit Bulls' eye. On the poor PP:

They're in the middle of a fight for a playoff spot in the OHL's Eastern Conference, yet the 67's can't score with a man advantage, which was the case yesterday during a 2-1 loss to the Belleville Bulls at the Civic Centre.

Four times the 67's had a power play, and came up empty.

The team has not scored in five games with a man advantage and has gone 0-for-26 during that span. The last time a 67's player got a power-play goal was on Jan. 30 during a 6-4 win in Brampton.

Actually, it was 0/5 chances on the PP. Which makes a total of 0/27. And from SLAM! Sports, Bulls edge 67's.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on the TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec. (No television coverage lately d/t curling championships.) Interesting tidbits:

* This is the last meeting with the Bulls for the regular season. [Wow, the season goes fast.]

* 3 points separate the 67s and the Bulls.

* The Bulls won last night, 3-2 over Brampton (who beat Ottawa soundly last week 5-1).

* Battochio will get the start again, after a good showing on Friday night.

Notes from the pre-game interview with Asst. coaches Bert O’Brien and Vince Malette:

Bert on the loss in Peterborough: We played pretty well in Peterborough. It could have gone either way except that their goalie played well.

Bert on having Battochio back in the net: We can’t knock Anthony’s [Guadagnolo] performance, but it’s good to have Danny back. The goalies are the bright spots on our defence. But the other guys played well in front of them both nights. We made some defensive changes – Colbert with Joslin, and Staubitz with Reid. The defence has been playing better than they were previously.

Bert on the play of Kaspar during the game vs Mississauga: He’s played a lot better. He had a stretch there where he looked lost on the ice, but he’s showed he can dominate. We need all three lines playing better for us. It takes the stress off of our defence.

Vince on the VanderVeeken/Petruzalek/Kaspar line: We made the changes and VanderVeeken fits in well. He’s a big, strong kid who goes hard to the net and makes room for both of the Czechs.

Bert on the Bulls’ last game [vs Brampton]: I watched Belleville play last night and they played a great game. Brampton is a good team, and Belleville beat them and played well. We need to get the lead on them [Belleville] to get them out of their defensive formations.

LINE UPS
Forwards: VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, Kaspar; Lawrance, Bonello, Mancari (started); Bickell, Talbot, Hulit; Ouellette, McGinn.

Defence pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Staubitz, Reid; Van Herpt, Beard; Jarram.

Starting in goal: Battochio. Guadagnolo on the bench.

Scratches: Akeson (inj-Achilles, wrist), Lahey (inj-concussion; a poster on 67s BB says that he will most likely be out for the remainder of the season), Alphonso (inj-concussion), and Spezza (healthy).

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
First period. The Bulls got under the skin of the 67s right off the bat. They were picking and poking, lifting 67s’ sticks when they tried to shoot, playing extremely physical – not hitting per se, but draping over the 67s, wrapping arms around them – generally being very annoying. It worked perfectly. The 67s became increasingly frustrated – complaining to the ref, hitting their sticks against the boards as they changed lines, swearing, kicking the boards (with their skates) when they were sitting on their bench. The more frustrated they became, the worse they played. It was during the first period that Killer put out the rookie line with Jarram on the left wing – Jarram/Ouellette/McGinn. He looked odd out there playing forward, and at times he seemed out of position, but overall he did a good job. The more ice time he gets the better. And it’s not like the top three lines were doing anything. The Bulls scored first, Killing (his first OHL goal). SOG at the end of the period were 15-13 for Ottawa, but the Bulls were up 1-0.

Second period. The picking/poking/trapping style of play continued, with the 67s getting more frustrated and ineffective. Bonello did draw one penalty, but the 67s were not able to score. The PP continued to be a problem. They were having trouble handling the puck, making passes, getting out of their zone, etc. At one point Bonello had a semi-break-away, but was hauled down at the last minute. He jumped up and started randomly throwing punches from behind. He ended up with a 10 minute game misconduct. During that same melee Staubitz got called for Spearing, giving the Bulls a 4 minute advantage. They scored during that time off a hard shot by Sutton from the circle. The 67s were not able to get any plays set up, the PP was non-existent. SOG at the end of the second were 23-19 for Ottawa. The Bulls went ahead 2-0.

Third period. About 10 minutes in, Bonello had a great chance for a shot on goal, but as he followed through on his swing his stick broke. As he was leaving the ice, he checked a Belleville player and was given a 2 minute penalty. After that he was benched for the remainder of the game. Talbot centred Lawrance and Mancari, and then Mancari moved to play with Talbot and Hulit. The latter three had the most energy, worked the hardest, and had the most chances. At one point, the ref called Hulit for slashing (I didn’t see the play) and he tried to argue his case. Bickell came over to argue/swear at the ref, and he was tossed from the game. He doesn’t wear an A or a C, so he’s not supposed to approach the ref. I guess the ref was frustrated too. Killer took a fit. He was standing on the bench yelling – YELLING – at the ref. (I’m thinking McQuigge doesn’t have that “nice understanding” with Killer.) Mancari was the only goal scorer for Ottawa, with assists by Talbot and Hulit. Battochio was pulled in the last couple of minutes, and Belleville had a couple of chances to get an EN goal, but each time the puck veered off just before reaching the net. Ottawa left if a little too late, and could not tie it up, and Belleville won the game 2-1. SOG for the game were 36-23 for Ottawa. Ottawa went 0/5 on the PP, while the Bulls scored 1/5 on the PP. The PP needs some serious work.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE 67s
The hardest working players on the ice were Talbot, Hulit, and Mancari. The rookie line (Jarram/Ouellette/McGinn) also played hard for their shifts.

Talbot and Hulit worked extremely hard on the PK, as well as Mancari and Bonello on the first PP. They were really giving 100%.

Bickell had some really great moments – second effort in keeping the puck in the opposition’s end, using his body to block shots, forechecking hard, etc. But he wasn’t consistent – which is Killer’s beef with the vets.

Battochio made some incredible saves. He was sprawling around on the ice during some of the scrambles, and I was really concerned he was going to re-injure himself, or be injured by another player falling on his shoulder.

Bonello became increasingly more frustrated over the course of the game. The Bulls got to him from the beginning of the game, and he let his frustration take over completely. He was totally ineffective on the ice.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE BULLS
Brophey had a strong game. He was dominant physically – getting to the net, puck handling, passing, etc. He had 1A.

Tobia had a good game. He faced a number of good chances by the 67s in the last few minutes of the game to hold on for the win. Made 35/36 saves.

Rancourt is one of the Bulls that I really like watching. He had 1A. Others I noticed . . . Belesky was also dominant; seemed everywhere on the ice, Killing had a great game, got his first OHL goal; and Davey was very chippy, got to a number of 67s players – got them off their game. Good games by Sutton (PP goal) and Maksym too.

SCORING
OTTAWA
3, Mancari, (25) (Hulit, Talbot), 14:07

BELLEVILLE
1, Killing, (1) , 14:41
2, Sutton, (7) (Brophey, Rancourt), 12:13 (PP)

THREE STARS
OHL three stars were: (1) Tobia (BEL), (2) Battochio, and (3) Sutton (BEL).

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Killing – BEL (possibly his best game of the season; his third OHL point, his first OHL goal; great defensive play), (2) Battochio (made some pretty good saves; solid in the net; 19 saves), and (3) Sutton – BEL (steady on the blue line; solid effort today).

REFFING
McQuigge. Not a very consistent effort for McQuigge. He was calling everything at the beginning of the game – a lot of off-setting penalties. Then he started calling some, letting some go. It was the inconsistent calls that started to wear on me. He eventually put his whistle away and let some very obvious stuff go.

ATTENDANCE
9862. Another sell-out for the 67s. Unfortunately they only played for about 20 minutes of the game.

Based on StatsGuy’s attendance record, Ottawa is back in the lead for Average League Attendance.
  1. Ottawa – 9081 (capacity – 9862)
  2. London – 9034 (capacity – 9090)
  3. Kitchener – 5905 (capacity – 6890)
  4. Erie – 4379 (capacity – 5600)
  5. Sudbury – 4179 (capacity – 6000)
  6. Saginaw – 4061 (capacity – 5497)
  7. Guelph – 3936 (capacity – 4815)
  8. Barrie – 3825 (capacity – 4195)
  9. Mississauga – 3692 (capacity – 6000)
  10. Sarnia – 3513 (capacity – 5000)
  11. Plymouth – 3185 (capacity – 3800)
  12. Peterborough – 3021 (capacity – 4329)
  13. Sault Ste. Marie – 3011 (capacity – 3950)
  14. Oshawa – 2849 (capacity – 4205)
  15. Belleville – 2810 (capacity – 3257)
  16. Owen Sound – 2704 (capacity – 3983)
  17. Windsor – 2610 (capacity – 4307)
  18. Brampton – 2330 (capacity – 5000)
  19. Kingston – 2101 (capacity – 3379)
  20. Toronto – 1379 (capacity – 1617)
There was some discussion on NOOF about attendance stats and the accuracy of recording attendance numbers for those teams who played in non-home arenas (e.g., Ottawa and Toronto – played in the Corel Centre; Oshawa – played in a different rink at the beginning of the season d/t renovations/removal of mold spores.) StatsGuy included these numbers as if they were in the home arena.

NEXT UP
* Away Thursday night (2.17.2005) at Oshawa.
* At home Friday night (2.18.2005) vs Peterborough.
* At home Sunday afternoon (2.20.2005) vs Owen Sound.

Looking at StatsGuy’s model for predicting games, he has Ottawa beating Oshawa by three goals; Ottawa tying Peterborough, and possibly winning in OT; and Ottawa losing badly to Owen Sound, by at least two goals.

February 12, 2005

Ottawa Sun Interview With Mark Mancari

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There's an interesting article today in the Ottawa Sun (Quick Hits with 67's forward Mark Mancari). Don Brennan talked with Mancari about how he thinks the team will do in the play-offs; what he thinks of the NHL lock-out, and how it will affect him; interesting tidbits about the team; and his personal strengths and weaknesses. Some snippets:

Q.H.: How realistic are the 67's hopes of winning the conference and, presuming Memorial Cup host London Knights are going to win in the west, going to the national championship tournament this spring?

M.M.: It's very realistic for our team to set the goal of winning our conference. Everyone is really, really close on our side ... the first-place team has 62 points and we have 55. London winning (the west) is definitely in the back of our minds, but anything is possible. We've just got to worry about our side and take that first.

[. . .]

Q.H.: Who is the OHL's biggest pain in the butt?

M.M.: The biggest agitator? It was (67's teammate) Brad Bonello, when I played against him last year. But this year, for me, it's definitely been Nathan McIver from St. Mikes.

Q.H.: What's the funniest line you've heard from Brian Kilrea?

M.M.: A few of us were juggling a ball before a game, and he told us to stop playing sponge-bop-bop or something like that.

[. . .]

Q.H.: What's the biggest weakness in your game?

M.M.: Every game I've got to go out and finish my hits. I have games where I go out and hit everything in sight, and I'll be scoring goals. And there are games I'll get a lucky bounce and score a goal. But for me to be a dominant player, and for me to excel and help the team, I've got to be more consistent with finishing my checks.

Q.H.: How do you respond to accusations you're an underachiever?

M.M.: It doesn't really bother me. I just go out and play my game, and obviously everyone is going to have their opinion. Being thought of like that, yeah, in a sense it hurts. But at the same time, I look at where I am this year, as a player, and how my stats were ... as opposed to last year playing with Corey Locke, who was the top goal scorer. This year, my goals are higher than they were last year, but I'm also being more of a complete player. I'm killing penalties, which I didn't do last year. I'm hitting more. I'm being more of a physical presence. And I'm also doing other things. On the bench, I'm talking a lot more this year. My roles have changed.

Q.H.: What's your biggest strength?

M.M.: Going out and giving it my all pretty much every night. I hate to lose. Losing is something I honestly can not stand. I'm here to play hockey, but I'm here to win. If you're not winning, you're not having fun.

Q.H.: What's the biggest benefit that comes with being a 67 in this town?

M.M.: Just the respect this team and organization has. Obviously, with Brian Kilrea being here, and being the legend that he is, we get a lot of respect. And being here for four years, the fans have been unbelievable. They support this team through thick and thin, and going somewhere and having a fan notice you is an absolute honour. It's a great feeling.

Love him.

Game Recap vs Mississauga (11-Feb)

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67s win decisively, 5-2 over the IceDogs. See OHL game summary here. And the IceDogs have a game summary here. Some positives for the 67s:

The 67's were relentless striking again early in the third period as Mike [sic] Mancari put one past Michael Ouzas and gave the 67's their biggest lead of the game at 4-1. Despite a beautiful goal by Vladimir Svacina, his 2nd on the campaign, the IceDogs were unable to mount a comeback and suffered their second straight loss at the hands of the Ottawa 67's. [emphasis mine]

The 67s were relentless! Now that is nice to read.

IN THE NEWS
From SLAM! Sports, 67's down IceDogs. And similar copy in the Toronto Sun, IceDogs dumped by 67's. From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Kaspar no ghost in 67's key victory. Snippets:

"I've had a lot of bad luck. I've had a lot of open nets and I didn't hit (them). When I scored, I was happy," said Kaspar, a San Jose Sharks' first-round pick in 2004.

[. . .]

"They were important goals," said Kilrea. "We turned the puck over and they had a good scoring chance, but then Lukas gave us all the momentum when he scored that first goal. He and Jakub worked harder tonight and got better chances."

[. . .]

"I felt a little rough in practice and it felt a bit sore before the game, but now it's feeling all right," said Battochio, who stopped 32 shots last night for his 16th win of the season.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on the TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec. During the pre-game show, they discussed the following:

* Again, mentioned the great effort put forth by the 67s in the game at Peterborough. It was unfortunate that they couldn’t come up with at least a point.

* The IceDogs' line up will be “pretty deleted” [sic] tonight. Out of the line up: Carcillo (season suspension), Hecimovic (2nd of a 2 game suspension), Bass (no reason given). They only have 3 forward lines.

* Battochio is back in the net, returning from his shoulder injury. Great news for Ottawa, as they seem to play so much better with him in net.

* VanderVeeken was hit in the head by a puck during the pre-game warm up in Peterborough, and had to sit out the 2nd and 3rd periods. He will be back in the line up tonight.

* Killer will do some line juggling to try and spark the offence: VanderVeeken will be moved to the Petruzalek/Kaspar line, and Bickell will be moved to the Talbot/Hulit line.

Notes on the pre-game interview with Killer. ON Peterborough: Guadagnolo played outstanding, and MacDougald for Peterborough. We had some pretty good chances. It’s tough. We want them to have punch, but they didn’t get it going. ON the veterans’ play: Some can play better. We’re in a situation where the best players need to be the best players. As a group we’re not getting the effort we want. ON Guadagnolo: Game condition is always a little tougher. Hopefully he’ll pick up where he left off. ON the game vs Mississauga: They’ve done well. They’ve got a superstar with O’Sullivan. They’re challenging for first place with Brampton. ON Akeson’s injury: Not sure when he is to be back. If you want any more it will have to come from Jeremy. [Snark!]

LINE UPS
Forwards: VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, Kaspar (started); Lawrance, Bonello, Mancari; Bickell, Talbot, Hulit; Ouellette, McGinn.

Defence pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Staubitz, Reid; Van Herpt, Beard; Jarram

Starting in goal: Battochio. Guadagnolo on the bench.

Scratches: Akeson (inj-Achilles, wrist), Alphonso (inj-concussion), Lahey (inj-concussion), Spezza (healthy).

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
First period. Wow. The 67s came out firing, scoring 2 goals in the first five minutes. Both by Kaspar. They were rushing to the net, taking advantage of Ouzas’ (MIS) rebounds. The SOG at 10 minutes were 11-3 for Ottawa. They may have caught the IceDogs off guard initially, but then they picked it up. The 67s started to get more sloppy and disorganized as the period went on, up to the last 4 minutes where it seemed as if they were coasting around, waiting for the period to be finished. The IceDogs took advantage, and kept pressing to the net. They didn’t score, but increased the SOG 14-11. The 67s were unable to score on the PP, and they even had a 5 on 3. They have to get this working, otherwise there is no detriment to other teams who may decide it’s worth it to get excessively physical.

Second period. More PPs with no scoring – on both sides. The 67s seem to have the PK under control though. Battochio made some great saves. The 67s were having trouble with their shots – they seemed to be fanning or missing outright. This was happening in Peterborough as well (according to the radio call). Ottawa played well for the period. Bickell and Owens (MIS) scored, making it 3-1. The SOG at the end of the period were 13-11 for the IceDogs. (25-24 overall for Ottawa.)

Third period. The penalties continued; the inability to score on the PP also continued. Mancari scored early in the period, making it 4-1. The 67s started sitting back again, with their three goal lead. Then Svacina (MIS) scored a really beautiful goal to make it 4-2. This seemed to refocus the 67s. A two goal lead with 7 minutes left in the third is not something to sit on in the OHL. Lawrance scored over halfway through the third, making it 5-2. The IceDogs weren’t able to come back. The 67s won 5-2.

The best line tonight was the VanderVeeken/Petruzalek/Kaspar line. They had tons of energy, rushed to the net, got chances, scored, assisted, etc. Good on Killer to change things up. It did seem to give them some jump. It was nice to see the IceDogs making mistakes, allowing the 67s to capitalize for a change. Ottawa had some break-away chances, a 2 on 1; a 3 on 1 at one point. The 67s continue to have problems with the PP. They will have to get this under control – you can’t keep going 0/ on these chances. Combined with last night, that is 0/15 chances! And one of those was a 2 man advantage for almost a full two minutes.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE 67S
VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, and Kaspar had a great night. This line was clicking, right from first drop of the puck. The other forward lines also contributed. The veterans stepped up tonight, with goals from the top three lines. Kaspar scored 2 goals, and was also very strong on the point during the PP. He was named first star by both OHL and the TEAM. It’s so great to see him stepping it up the way he has over the last few games. Petruzalek had a strong performance, with 2A. He is a speedy skater, and seems to be able to flit about the ice. He has become more physical over the last month, which means that opponents are getting physical back. He’s holding his own though. Good to see VanderVeeken back after sitting out those two periods in Peterborough. He was the only goal scorer in that game, so kudos to him for keeping up his level of play. He fit into the Petruzalek/Kaspar line really well. He’s a big, strong guy who gives the Czechs more room to do their thing, but can also rush to the net to assist (he got 2A) or get rebounds.

VanderVeeken, Petruzalek, Kaspar
Talbot had another great game. Actually, it would be more noticeable if he didn’t have a great game. He is definitely Mr. Consistent. He had an assist in this game, and was working hard every shift. Hulit also had a good game. He had a few good chances, but had some trouble with missing the puck on shots or fanning. He doesn't look like a big guy when's he out there on the ice, but he doesn't seem to mind physical play. Bickell worked hard, skated fast, had a goal. His line had a lot of jump. Got some good chances. He’s stepped up his play also.

Bickell, Talbot, Hulit
Mancari. Love him. It was in the 3rd period when I leaned into StatsGuy and said, “Okay, Mancari and Bonello need to score now, to get Killer off their case” because Killer always seems to name these two when he’s interviewed after the game. Not 5 seconds later Mancari scored! He had 1G and 1A tonight. A strong night for him. He was one of the bigger guys on the ice. When he uses that size, he can be a real physical presence - skating fast, scoring, checking, etc. Bonello. Love him. He had a good game, doing his thing. He had 1A, and drew one penalty that I was aware of. Lawrance had a solid night. He scored 1G. He took some hard hits early in the first period and throughout the game, but he continued to play strong. He fits in well on the Bonello/Mancari line. I've been really impressed with his steadiness of play since he's been playing forward.

Lawrance, Bonello, Mancari
Battochio. Came back after a month out looking like he was never gone, making his characteristic great saves. He let out a few juicy rebounds, but overall did a good job controlling the puck. He even got an assist!

The defence was okay tonight – they made a few mistakes in positioning, letting their man slip past them, and coughing up the puck. And they did let Battochio weather a few storms on his own, but overall they did a good job. One positive I noticed was that their shots from the point seem to be getting on the net. This is good. Reid had some great defensive plays – one especially when O'Sullivan got past him with the puck, and Reid skated hard to force him to the boards. Staubitz seemed to have some trouble with turning over the puck. He was physical – he got a number of penalties. He also had 1A. Colbert was named OHL third star, but I’m not sure about that. He had an okay game. One thing that I noticed – he wasn’t skating very fast tonight. At times the IceDogs forwards were able to zip past him.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE ICEDOGS
O’Sullivan really is a star player. He seems to have a mature, steadiness about his play that was especially evident during their PK. He controls the puck well, he skates well, he positions well.

Svacina’s goal was really, really nice. He just zipped to the net, around the d-men, shot, and scored. It was a nice goal.

Quincey. A speedy skater. He gets himself into the rush; quick.

Ouzas was a little shakey in the beginning of the first period. He had trouble controlling the puck, letting out rebound after rebound. He seemed to settle down a bit after the first 5 minutes of the game, but he did continue to let out those rebounds. I think that he was really upset in the third when Lawrance scored to regain the 3 goal advantage. His teammates didn’t look too happy either.

Other guys I noticed: Pszenyczny has a similar style to O’Sullivan. Owens was speedy. Legein was all over the ice.

SCORING
OTTAWA
1, Kaspar, (16) (Petruzalek, VanderVeeken), 00:27
1, Kaspar, (17) (Petruzalek, VanderVeeken), 04:43
2, Bickell, (20) (Talbot), 11:53
3, Mancari, (24) (Staubitz, Bonello), 02:15
3, Lawrance, (3) (Mancari, Battochio), 13:33

MISSISSAUGA
2, Owens, (11) (Dacosta, O'Sullivan), 01:28
3, Svacina, (2) (Dacosta), 12:32

THREE STARS
OHL three stars were: (1) Kaspar, (2) Battochio, and (3) Colbert.

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Kaspar (at his best tonight; should have had a hat trick; really firing; solid effort with 2 goals), (2) Petruzalek (set up Kaspar for a pair of goals; great instincts out there; great speed), and (3) Battochio (a couple of unbelievable stops; pretty routine but very solid; 32 saves and 1A).

REFFING
Oakman. An all around bad job. He was calling everything at first. But after the 5 on 3 call for Ottawa, he put the whistle away for the IceDogs and would not call a penalty. They were doing some pretty bad stuff. At one point an IceDog player pulled down VanderVeeken and then rolled him over (imagine a somersault) and then sort of sat on him. WTF? You could just tell he was waiting for Ottawa to do something – anything – before he called another Mississauga penalty. Oakman was obviously working off of some sort of quota. That is crap. If they do it, call it. He missed a Too Many Men, but the fans didn’t. This led to chants of ‘Can’t you count ref?” and “You need to go back to school.” Etc. etc. etc.

ATTENDANCE
9862. A sell-out. (Hear that CJOH? This is a sell-out.)

NEXT UP
Sunday (1.13.2005) at home vs Belleville.

February 11, 2005

Game Recap at Peterborough (10-Feb)

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The 67s lose 2-1 to the Petes. They conclude the season 0-4 against the Petes in the Petes’ rink. They have two games left, both in Ottawa. See OHL game summary here.

IN THE NEWS
From SLAM! Sports, Petes extend East lead. From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, For Petes sake! Goaltender stops 67's cold. Campbell reports that VanderVeeken was hit in the head by a puck during the pre-game skate, which led to him sitting out the second and third periods. And apparently Akeson will be out for the rest of the season due to injuries to his ankle and wrist.

From the Peterborough Examiner Mike Davies writes, MacDougald brilliant in victory. I wondered how Killer would react to the loss. He’s mentioned before that as long as the guys put forth the effort, he couldn’t complain too much. It has been the lack of effort and desire that has upset Killer the most. According to the call of both Schreibs and AJ, it sounded like the 67s were putting forth the effort, but were not getting the lucky bounces and the Petes’ goalie (MacDougald) was rockin’. So, I have to say that I was a little – no a lot – disappointed to read this:

Ottawa coach/GM Brian Kilrea isn’t satisfied to outshoot opponents.

“I don’t think we played very well,” said Kilrea. “When you’re best players aren’t your best players, you’re not going to win.

“I’m disappointed in some of our forwards who didn’t seem to give us much.”

The 67’s, who are 1-4-1 against the Petes, are 9-15-4-1 on the road compared to 15-6-2-0 at home.

Kilrea didn’t mince words when asked about their struggles away from home.

“There are not a lot of rinks that have been kind to us because we’re not that good a team,” he said. “When you don’t have enough good players you don’t win consistently.”

I think reading this pretty much seals it for me. There is a disconnect between the coach and the majority of players – that would be the ‘best players’ – and if you keep disparaging them even when they do try, well, maybe they won’t try next time . Because it doesn’t seem to matter what they do, they’re always in the doghouse and being called on it publicly.

Also, Jeff Hunt was interviewed today (1.11.2005) on the TEAM 1200/Dave Gross and Garry Galley. He was asked about the loss in Peterborough, and he said [paraphrasing]:

I got to watch the game on TV through the Action Pack program, and I thought our guys played a heck of a game. They had lots of chances, and a couple of break-aways. It was just one of those nights where they [Peterborough] had a hot goalie. Even the goal we got was a deflection. I don’t know what Killer thinks, but if you get the effort, at least most coaches can say that, that at least they tried.

Indeed.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on the TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec. Schreibs and AJ had a one hour pre-game show, where I gleaned the following information:

* Battochio is back in the line up tonight. He will be on the bench as back-up for Guadagnolo tonight.

* Spezza is to remain in Ottawa, as third goalie.

* Van Herpt is also back in the line up, after recovering from an ankle injury.

* The 67s will have 7 d-men tonight.

* Lawrance will move back to left wing, on the line with Bonello and Mancari.

* During the pre-game interview with Coach Todd, he said that he thinks a few of his players have the flu, but won’t admit to it; they want to play.

* Schreibs had a great interview with Zenon Konopka. It’s so good to hear that he’s found a role, and is doing so well. We always thought that any team would be lucky to get this guy (see here).

Notes from the pre-game interview with Killer: ON playing in the Pete’s rink: We really need somebody to come out with a big effort up front. If someone goes out and does something good, hopefully the others will pick up on it. We need to get off the mark with more. We’ve had trouble being stagnant. ON having Van Herpt back: He can play either side, left or right, so that makes him valuable. He rarely gives the puck away, or gets trapped up ice because he is a defensive defenceman. And now we can move Robbie back to left wing. ON Battochio back in the line up: We’re hoping that Danny will be ready tomorrow. This will get him some warm up tonight, and then we’re planning on using him tomorrow. We want him to get his timing back, because very quickly we’ll be into the play-offs. ON Guadagnolo’s good record against Peterborough: We’re happy with him. He has given us good games against Peterborough.

LINE UPS
Forwards: Bickell, Petruzalek, Kaspar; Lawrance, Bonello, Mancari; VanderVeeken, Talbot, Hulit (started); and Ouellette, McGinn.

Defence pairings: Colbert, Joslin; Reid, Staubitz; Van Herpt, Beard; and Jarram.

Starting in net: Guadagnolo. Battochio on bench for back-up. he is expected to start in Friday’s game. Spezza will remain in Ottawa, as the third.

Scratches: Akeson (inj-Achilles), Lahey (inj-concussion), Alphonso (inj-concussion, from that ‘pounding’ he took last week I’m assuming), Spezza (healthy)

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS (AUDITORY)
The following notes taken while listening to the game.

First period. The action seems to be all in the Ottawa end. First penalty to Ottawa. And they get through it unscathed. “Ottawa not off to a bad start, here, but they can’t afford to take penalties . . .” says Schreibs. At 5 minutes into the period, SOG 5-1 for the Petes (which included the PP). Peterborough (Reddox) scores first. “67s have really bounced back . . .” says AJ, after Talbot just got a good chance. Hopefully they will the pressure up. It does sound as if they are getting into the Petes’ zone. Ottawa goes on the PP . . . nothing happening. Now, the 67s get called for a penalty. VanderVeeken scores, a redirection off a wrist shot by Reid. “. . . a pretty good first period for the Ottawa 67s, as they come back from an early deficit . . .” says Schreibs. “Had some bad shots, but kept on coming. Have to come out a lot stronger . . .” says AJ.

Second period. McGinn taking regular shifts with Bonello and Mancari. VanderVeeken not on the ice. Another penalty to Ottawa – Petruzalek – for interference. And a penalty to Peterborough. Another penalty to Ottawa – Staubitz – now 4 on 4. Reid gets another good chance! Then Petruzalek gets a chance. MacDougald stops both. Kaleta scores, “ . . . a beautiful tic tac toe, three way passing play by the Petes,” Says Schreibs. “This line doing all the damage to the 67s,” says AJ. “VanderVeeken hasn’t been on the ice for some time,” says AJ. AJ and Schreibs did not see any obvious injuries during the first period, but VanderVeeken hasn’t been on the ice so far this period. “Staubitz is goaded into a penalty by Kaleta,” says Schreibs. Oh boy. Another penalty!!! This one to Peterborough. What is with all the penalties? It’s constant, one after another after another. Schreibs says that “. . . maybe all the missed chances the 67s have had will come back to bite them.”

Third period. Staubitz turned it over again! This is the third time that Schreibs has called Staubitz turning the puck over. And of course the period starts with . . . penalties! VanderVeeken still missing from the Ottawa bench. A scuffle ensues . . . Staubitz and Hendrikx go at it . . . Bonello gets a 10 minute misconduct. Petruzalek gets a break away . . . but MacDougald stops it. Ottawa - 0/9 on the PP. 1:42 left in the game, and the 67s down 2-1. Doesn’t sound like they are going to be able to do it. Too bad. MacDougald’s got his thing going tonight. “MacDougald’s had the 67s’ number all night,” says Schreibs. Guadagnolo comes out of the net. And that’s it. The Petes win 2-1. Schreibs says that the Petes’ “steal” one. That they were out-shot and out-played, but due to the great work of MacDougald, they come away with the win. It seems like the game had an excessive number of penalties – but then, you know - not seeing it, it’s hard to say myself. It just sounded like every time someone came out of the box, someone else was going in. One of the positives the 67s can come away with, is not allowing any PP goals. On the other side of that, though – they didn’t score any PP goals themselves. Both teams were 0/9 on PPs.

SCORING
OTTAWA
VanderVeeken, (7) (Reid, Staubitz), 18:54

PETERBOROUGH
1, Reddox, (25) (Hendrikx, Morrison), 07:04
2, Kaleta, (21) (Ryder, Beljo), 07:54

THREE STARS
OHL three stars were: (1) MacDougald – PET, (2) Kaleta – PET, and (3) Guadagnolo.

TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) MacDougald – PET (some absolutely dazzling saves to keep the Petes in the game; the biggest difference in the game; 38 saves on the night; faced a few clear cut break-aways; outstanding), (2) Bickell (worked hard; physical; always seems to play well in this building, with lots of friends and family watching; used his size to his advantage; showed some great skill at times; a great effort tonight), and (3) Kaleta - PET (scored eventual game winner; so physical; always throwing his weight around; getting better offensively; he comes to play every night; definitely going to be a pro prospect).

REFFING
O’Neill – sure likes to call ’em.

ATTENDANCE
3305. They were calling for a sell-out prior to the game, but I don't think this is close.

NEXT UP
Tonight night (1.11.2005) at home vs Mississauga. Mississauga’s record:
RankGPWLTOTLPTS%
2/5512416101590.578

Stats from OHL