OTTAWA - Shawn Lalonde scored the go-ahead goal during a two-man advantage in the second period Friday night and the Belleville Bulls hung on to beat the Ottawa 67's 4-3 in Ontario Hockey League action.
Lalonde, making his season debut after returning from training camp with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week, helped the Bulls (2-0-0) rally twice from one-goal deficits in a game in which they were largely outplayed.
Matthew Tipoff scored while shorthanded and added an assist and Stephen Silas and Tyler Randell had Belleville's other goals.
Having just returned from training camp with the Carolina Hurricanes, Bulls goalie Mike Murphy was outstanding with 40 saves.
Michael Latta and Ryan Martindale each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa (1-2-0) and Corey Cowick also scored in the final home opener of Brian Kilrea's 32 seasons behind the 67's bench. The Hockey Hall of Famer has already announced he will step down as coach following the season.
Chris Perugini finished with 21 saves for Ottawa.
"(Murphy) stood on his head. We peppered him with shots," Latta said. "I thought we put the effort in for sure. It would have been nice to get the win for (Kilrea)."