August 31, 2009

First Game of the Season is Costly

From this morning's Ottawa Sun:


KINGSTON — Gloucester’s Corey Cowick, the Ottawa 67’s and the Ottawa Senators all suffered a blow in Kingston Sunday.

Cowick, a 67’s winger and sixth-round Senators pick (160th overall) in this year’s draft, injured his right shoulder on the first shift of the 67’s first pre-season game, a 5-2 loss to Frontenacs at the K-Rock Centre.

Cowick, who was hurt on a hit by Frontenacs centre Nathan Moon, was to attend Senators rookie camp this Saturday.

There was no timetable on the return of the 20-year-old Cowick, who had 34 goals and 60 points last season. Indications are it didn’t look good.

What did look good was the debut performance of 67’s first-round pick Cody Ceci.

“We’re giving him time to adjust, but clearly he is a very good player,” coach Chris Byrne — also making his 67’s debut in the top job behind the bench — said of the 15-year-old defenceman.

Goalie Chris Perugini started for the 67’s, playing two periods and leaving with the score 2-2. Perugini arrived in camp as the clear-cut No. 1 after Adam Courchaine was dealt to the Sarnia Sting in the off-season.

Charles Sarault, Moon, Ethan Werek, Erik Gudbranson and James Marsden scored for the Frontenacs. The last three came in the third period on Paul Dorsey, who was facing his former team.

Thomas Nesbitt and Ryan Martindale replied for the 67’s as legendary former coach Brian Kilrea took in the proceedings from a private booth alongside long-time counterpart and pal Larry Mavety. Both are now GMs for their respective clubs.


That's the second time Corey's NHL ambitions have been sidelined by a shoulder injury. Hope he recovers soon.

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