February 21, 2013

67's fall 8-5 to Bulls, drop 5th straight

Ottawa native Alan Quine tallied 3 goals and added an assist to lift his Belleville Bulls to a 8-5 win over the Ottawa 67's Wednesday night.

It was a high scoring affair as both team combined for 13 goals on the night including points from 21 different players.

The Bulls jumped out to an early 2-0 lead midway through the first with goals from Austen Brassard and Alan Quine. Jacob Middleton scored his first career OHL goal to get the 67's on the board and within one. Both goalies were sharp in the opening frame. 67's outshot the Bulls 19-14. The game was anyone's at this point.

That was until the second period with a total of 8 goals scored.

Brendan Gaunce scored 59 seconds into the period to regain the Bulls two goal cushion. It was the Bulls' first powerplay goal of the game as they went 3/7 with the man advantage (Ottawa was 2/8). Mark Petaccio responded for the 67's with his 6th goal of the season. The Bulls would go on to score three quick unanswered goals including back-to-back goals by Scott Simmons only 9 seconds apart. Former 67, Tyler Graovac had other giving the Bulls a commanding 6-2 lead.

67's added two goals (Van Stralen & Blandisi) while the Bulls added one goal (Quine) to round out the scoring in the second period, 7-4.

The 67's would continue to press the remainder of the game, but they were unable to match the skill and depth of the Memorial Cup contending Bulls' squad.

The 67's drop their 5th straight game while the Bulls extend their winning streak to 7 games. On Friday night, 67's travel down the 401 to Oshawa for the final time this season to face the Generals.

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