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Couture takes charge in third as Ottawa rallies to defeat the Otters @NHL

Whatever Ottawa 67's coach Brian Kilrea told his team during the second intermission on Saturday, Logan Couture heard him loud and clear.

Couture scored twice in the third period and assisted on Stephen Blunden's winner as the 67's stormed back from a 4-1 deficit to down the Erie Otters 6-4 in Ontario Hockey League action.

Ottawa's rally began in the second period when Cody Lindsay and Thomas Kiriakou scored power-play goals to cut the Otters' lead to one goal. Then Couture came alive in the third, capping the night's scoring with a shorthanded marker late in the period as the 67's (34-20-5-2) reclaimed sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference.

Couture, a first-round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2007, enjoyed his most productive month of the season in February, posting 10 goals and 13 assists in 12 games. He has 73 points (29 goals, 44 assists) in 55 games.

Erie (30-27-3-1) winger Sean Jones scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season, marking the first time the Newmarket, Ont., native reached the 20-goal mark in his OHL career. Jones had scored only two goals in his previous 14 games.

Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Barrie 6, Sudbury 0; Brampton 4, Belleville 1; Owen Sound 4, Saginaw 3 (OT); Sarnia 2, Kingston 1; and Sault Ste. Marie 3, Oshawa 2.

At Erie, Pa., Corey Cowick also scored for Ottawa. Brett Cook and Luke Gazdic added goals for the Otters.

Chris Perugini made 27 saves for the 67's. Erie goaltender Shane Owen allowed all six goals on 33 shots.


Colts 6, Wolves 0

At Barrie, Ont., Peter Di Salvo stopped all 26 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season as the Colts slammed Sudbury.

Stefan Della Rovere scored and added two assists, Taylor Carnevale and Ryan O'Connor had a goal and an assist each, while Stephen Gaskin, Kyle Clifford and Darren Archibald also scored for Barrie (28-29-3-1).

Andrew Loverock was pulled from the Wolves' net after allowing two goals on 17 shots in the first 11 minutes. Alain Valiquette stopped 28 of 32 in replacement for Sudbury (25-31-2-4).


Battalion 4, Bulls 1

At Belleville, Ont., Cody Hodgson and Evgeny Grachev each had a goal and an assist as Brampton closed the gap on the Bulls.

Stephon Thorne and Anthony Peluso also scored for the Battalion (41-18-1-1).

Brandon Mashinter had the lone reply for Belleville (42-17-2-2). Eric Tangradi, the Bulls' leading scorer, was held off the scoresheet, ending his point streak at seven games.


Attack 4, Spirit 3 (OT)

At Saginaw, Mich., Owen Sound salvaged a win after blowing a two-goal lead as David Kolomatis scored on the power play 1:45 into overtime to beat the Spirit.

Marc Franchini and Marcus Carroll had a goal and an assist each and Mike Lomas chipped in with three assists forthe Attack (24-23-7-7). Milan Doczy also scored.

Jordan Szwarz and Joe Pleckaitis scored a goal and an assist and Chris Chappell scored the tying goal for Saginaw (32-22-3-4).


Sting 2, Frontenacs 1

At Sarnia, Ont., Matt Martin scored the game-winner on a power play midway through the third period as the Sting defeated Kingston.

Jordan Hill also scored for Sarnia (31-24-3-3), while Mark Katic had two assists.

George Lovatsis had the lone goal for the Frontenacs (15-36-6-3).


Greyhounds 3, Generals 2

At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Matthew Lyall scored his 20th goal of the season six minutes into the third period as the Greyhounds held off Oshawa.

James Livingston and Brendan Childerley also scored for Sault Ste. Marie (19-40-2-2).

Alexander Denezhkin and Robert Kousal replied for the Generals (24-32-2-4).

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