OTTAWA - Cody Lindsay scored one goal and assisted on another Friday night to help the Ottawa 67's to a 4-2 victory over the Niagara IceDogs in Ontario Hockey League action.
Lindsay set up rookie Jon Carnevale for the game's opening goal and later in the first period added a power-play marker of his own.
"(67's coach and general manager Brian Kilrea) has been on my case all year. He has high expectations for me," said Lindsay, who's been off to a slow start with four goals heading into Friday night in his sophomore season. "Killer wants me to play more physical and be more of an all-around player.
"He even said earlier in the year that if I played my physical role, the rest would come and I went out there and did that tonight for the first time in a while and it paid off."
Jamie McGinn and Thomas Kiriakou, into an empty net, also scored for the 67's (10-11-0-2), who received a 35-save performance from Adam Courchaine to win for the second time in the past three games.
Barry Sanderson paced Niagara (12-12-0-1) with a goal and an assist and Chris DeSousa also scored. Andrew Loverock made 27 saves.
It was the sixth straight defeat for the IceDogs, who haven't won since beating Peterborough on Nov. 4.
Defenceman Matthew Corrente, a first-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2006, returned to Niagara's lineup after sitting out the past eight games while serving a suspension, but the IceDogs lost Scott Fletcher for a hit to the head of 67's right-winger Matt Lahey in the first period.
Fletcher caught Lahey with a shoulder check that caught Lahey squarely on the chin after the Ottawa player had his head down. Fletcher received a five-minute major for checking to the head and a game misconduct. Lahey was bloodied and had to be helped to the bench. He didn't return for the second period after suffering a suspected concussion.