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Chris Perugini continues solid form against Barrie in 6-1 victory

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OTTAWA - Matthieu Methot scored twice Sunday and rookie goaltender Chris Perugini stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced to lead the Ottawa 67's to a 6-1 victory over the Barrie Colts in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday afternoon.

Logan Couture added a goal and an assist for the 67's (24-24-2-3) and Jamie McGinn, Adam Zamec and Martin Paryzek also scored.

Ottawa scored three times in each of the second and third periods, including the goal that was credited to Couture despite being steered into his own net by Colts defenceman Tyson Aitcheson, to stop a two-game winless slide and record just its second victory in the past 10 games.

Colt Kennedy spoiled Perugini's bid for the shutout with less than two minutes left to play. It was Perugini's third win in three tries against Barrie (22-26-3-3) this season.

"They always catch me on the wrong day I guess," said Perugini, who shut out the Colts with 42 saves in a 1-0 win on Jan. 5. "I'm getting better and better as the year goes on and the last two games against Barrie have been in the second half of the year.

"Everything was going our way tonight and we needed one of these games because the last month we've gotten zero bounces."

For the Colts, starter Michael Hutchinson allowed three goals on 13 shots before being replaced by Peter Di Salvo, who made 21 saves the rest of the way. Barrie has lost four of its past five games.

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