OTTAWA - Corey Cowick scored a pair of goals Sunday and the Ottawa 67's struck four times on the power play in a 6-2 victory over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League.
Cowick fought the Greyhounds' Jake Carrick on the game's opening shift before returning to contribute a first-period marker on the power play, one of four goals Ottawa scored with the man advantage in the opening 20 minutes to take a 4-0 lead. The Gloucester, Ont., native added another goal in the second period.
"We came out a little flat in the last couple of games and Carrick was willing to go, so I just kind of responded," Cowick said. "The boys responded perfectly. I was in the box for 1/8Ottawa's first 3/8 goal, came out and we scored on the next power play. The power play worked to our advantage tonight."
The game was the 2,100th of Brian Kilrea's coaching career with the 67's (6-6-0-0). Already the Canadian Hockey League record holder for most wins behind the bench, he added to his total with victory No. 1,159.
Tyler Cuma added a goal and an assist for Ottawa and Thomas Kiriakou, Julien Demers and Ryan Martindale each had a goal. Rookie Tyler Toffoli recorded three assists and Chris Perugini stopped 28 shots as the 67's stopped a two-game losing slide.
Sault Ste. Marie starting goaltender Bryce O'Hagan lasted less than 14 minutes after allowing three goals on Ottawa's first 15 shots. O'Hagan was replaced by Cody St. Jacques the rest of the way. St. Jacques finished with 17 saves.
Simon Fischhaber had a goal and an assist and Matt Caria also scored for the Greyhounds (6-5-1-0), who have lost back-to-back games.