OTTAWA (CP) - Cory McGillis scored the eventual winner on a second-period power play Sunday as Barrie Colts downed the Ottawa 67's 3-1 in Ontario Hockey League action.
Hunter Tremblay also scored during a second-period onslaught in which the Colts (45-19-0-1) outshot Ottawa 30-1, helped by four straight 67's penalties.
Barrie traditionally struggles at the Civic Centre, winning just three
times in its previous 11 regular-season visits during the past five years. But with the victory, its fourth straight, it clinched first place in the Eastern Conference standings, ahead of the Mississauga IceDogs with three games remaining in the regular season.
"That gives us some options - we didn't want to take this down to the final game - as far as resting a couple of players and making sure we're healthy," Colts coach Marty Williamson said. "It's kind of a double whammy. We haven't won in here and we wanted to make it a purpose of winning in this building and clinching first place."
Ryan Bellows had given the Colts the lead in the first period and Andrew Perugini stopped 28 shots in goal.
Jakub Vojta, with a third-period power-play marker, replied for the 67's (28-32-0-4). Brady Morrison made 42 saves.