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Solid opening night for Ottawa's Monahan

by Adam Kimelman

Sean Monahan is a name fans will hear a lot in reference to the 2013 NHL Draft. The Ottawa 67's center is rated an A player to watch in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings, and he showed why when the Canadian Hockey League season opened Thursday.

Monahan, named a team co-captain -- he'll wear the C for road games, while defenseman Cody Ceci will wear it for home games -- had a pair of goals and an assist as the 67's opened the Ontario Hockey League season with a 6-4 loss to the Barrie Colts.

Barrie took a 2-0 lead late in the first period, but 19 seconds after Barrie scored its second goal, Monahan scored to cut Ottawa's deficit to one, then set up Michal Cajkovsky's power-play goal to tie the game with 19 seconds left in the first.

After Barrie went ahead in the second, Monahan scored a power-play goal late in the period to make it 3-3.

Monahan wasn't the only draft-eligible player to have a good night.

In the Ontario Hockey League, Niagara left wing Anthony DiFruscia scored the game-winning goal 4:34 into the third period of the IceDogs' 4-2 win against the Erie Otters. Niagara goalie Christopher Festarini stopped 27 of 29 shots to register the win.

Owen Sound center Cameron Brace had two goals and an assist in the Attack's 6-1 win at the Windsor Spitfires.

In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Acadie-Bathurst center Raphael Lafontaine snapped a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal 4:34 into the second period to lead the Titan to 3-1 win at the two-time QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs. Left wing Robert Davis also had a goal, and goalie Jacob Brennan had 26 saves on 27 shots.

In the Western Hockey League, Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Cody Corbett, ranked as a C player to watch, had an assist on the Oil Kings' opening goal in a 5-3 home win against the Kootenay Ice. Center Cole Benson and left wing Brandon Baddock also had goals.

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