OHL: Lalonde returns to lead Bulls over 67's

The Canadian Press

9/26/2008 11:56:39 PM

Shawn Lalonde gained plenty of experience in his time with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks - and he was eager to show some of it off Friday night.

Lalonde scored the go-ahead goal during a two-man advantage in the second period Friday night and the Belleville Bulls hung on to beat the Ottawa 67's 4-3 in Ontario Hockey League action.

Lalonde, making his season debut after returning from training camp with the Blackhawks earlier in the week, helped the Bulls (2-0-0-0) rally twice from one-goal deficits in a game in which they were largely outplayed.

Matthew Tipoff scored while shorthanded and added an assist and Stephen Silas and Tyler Randell had Belleville's other goals.

Having just returned from training camp with the Carolina Hurricanes, Mike Murphy was outstanding with 40 saves.

In other Ontario Hockey League action Friday, it was: Brampton 5, Peterborough 2; Guelph 5, Erie 1; Mississauga-St. Michael's 6, Kingston 4; Owen Sound 5, Kitchener 2; Windsor 4, London 2; Saginaw 4, Sarnia 1; Plymouth 5, Sault Ste. Marie 2; Sudbury 4, Barrie 2; and Oshawa 6, Niagara 4.

At Ottawa, Michael Latta and Ryan Martindale each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa (1-2-0-0) and Corey Cowick also scored in the final home opener of Brian Kilrea's 32 seasons behind the 67's bench. The Hockey Hall of Famer has already announced he will step down as coach following the season.

Chris Perugini finished with 21 saves at the other end.

"(Murphy) stood on his head. We peppered him with shots," Latta said. "I thought we put the effort in for sure. It would have been nice to get the win for (Kilrea)."

Battalion 5, Petes 2

At Brampton, Ont., Thomas Stajan's power-play goal 9:24 into the third period stood as the winner in the Battalion's win over Peterborough.

Matt Duchene, Jason Dale, Kyle DeCoste and Craig Moore also scored for Brampton (1-1-0-0).

Pat Daley and Chad Lowry countered for the Petes (1-3-0-0).

Storm 5, Otters 1

At Guelph, Ont., Anthony Nigro scored twice and Thomas McCollum turned aside 34 shots to lead the Storm past Erie.

Peter Holland, Taylor Beck and Luke Pither added singles for Guelph (2-0-0-0).

Frank Grzeszczak provided the lone offence for the Otters (1-2-0-0).

Majors 6, Frontenacs 4

At Kingston, Ont., Corey Bureau had a pair of goals, including the game winner, as Mississauga-St. Michael's beat the Frontenacs.

Michael Pelech, Jared Gomes, Devante Smith-Pelly and Kyle Neuber also scored for the Majors (2-1-0-0).

Nathan Moon, with two, Josh Brittain and Ethan Werek replied for Kingston (0-2-0-0).

Attack 5, Rangers 2

At Kitchener, Ont., Garrett Wilson scored the game winner with 3:55 left in the third period as Owen Sound rallied for five goals in the third period of a win over the Rangers.

Lane MacDermid, Joey Hishon and Marcus Carroll added singles for the Attack (1-0-1-0).

Kevin Hudes and Simon Gronvaldt replied for Kitchener (1-1-0-0).

Spitfires 4, Knights 2

At London, Ont., Greg Mitchell had a goal and two assists as Windsor remained unbeaten with a victory over the Knights.

Austin Watson, Greg Nemisz and Taylor Hall added singles for the Spitfires (4-0-0-0).

Justin Taylor and Sergei Korostin answered for London (2-2-0-0).

Spirit 4, Sting 1

At Sarnia, Ont., Jordan Szwarz scored twice and added an assist as Saginaw beat the Sting.

Kyle Bochek and Tyler Murovich added singles for Sarnia (2-1-0-0).

Jamie Arniel had the lone goal for the Sting (0-4-0-0).

Whalers 5, Greyhounds 2

At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Michal Jordan scored twice to lift Plymouth past the Greyhounds.

RJ Mahalak, Ryan Hayes and Tyler J. Brown had singles for the Whalers (1-2-0-0).

Jordan Nolan and Jake Carrick countered for Sault Ste. Marie (1-1-1-0).

Wolves 4, Colts 2

At Sudbury, Ont., Eric O'Dell had a pair of goals, including the game winner midway through the second period, as the Wolves doubled Barrie.

Matt Dias also scored twice for Sudbury (2-0-0-0).

Alex Hutchings and Ryan O'Connor replied with third-period goals for the Colts (1-1-0-0).

Generals 6, IceDogs 4

At Oshawa, Ont., John Tavares scored twice and added an assist - all in the third period - to propel the Generals past Niagara.

Robert Kousal, Kory Nagy, Nick Esposto and Andy Andreoff had singles for Oshawa (2-1-0-0).

Drew Schiestel, Matt Piva, Michael MacIsaac and Andrew Merrett responded for the IceDogs (1-1-1-0).