Bulls Season Ended By 67’s

By Bill Thompson

The Bulls were ousted in the 6th game by the 67’s in a hard fought series, but need not hang their heads, they had an excellent year. Beating everyone’s expectations in taking the division title, this group of guys showed character and skill. After taking the Frontenacs down in 4 games the post-season looked promising, but it would be the 67’s year to beat out the Bulls after a few years of domination by Belleville.

Ottawa wore the Bulls down, who were visibly exhausted in the 5th game even though they managed to win it 4-3. The fourth game overtime loss in Ottawa after leading with 20 seconds to go in the 3rd coupled with a bout of the flu than was passed through the team, emotionally and physically drained the guys and Ottawa was able to close out the series with a 7-2 win in the Civic Centre.

Lance Galbraith led the way offensively for Ottawa and was his usual pesky self. In my opinion Jonathan Zion was the best player on the ice for either team showing great skating and puck handling ability. The Leafs have a very good prospect in Zion. Zenon Konopka was the 67’s clutch player scoring the tying goal in the 4th game to send it to overtime. The major difference between the two teams was in net. Seamus Kotyk (Bruins) was outstanding for Ottawa while both Jan Chovan and Paulo Colaiacovo did not play well when they needed to.

The entire Bulls lineup played well in their roles until the 5th game where they were dragging their buts for the aforementioned reasons. Andre Deveaux really picked up his game when called upon during Matt Stajan’s suspension and the McCormick line really punished the Ottawa players. Kyle Wellwood played very well while taking a beating from Galbraith and the 67’s defense.

The Bulls will now concentrate on the upcoming OHL draft and put their team together for next years Memorial Cup run. They are losing some key offensive elements with overagers, Randy Rowe, Branko Radivojevic and David Cornacchia moving on. Radivojevic will likely play in Colorado’s farm system to start the year while Rowe and Cornacchia will most likely attend NHL free agent camps. Here is a look at how the Bulls might look next season assuming Nate Robinson, Mike Renzi and Nick Policelli are back as overagers.

Nate Robinson, Kyle Wellwood, Mike Renzi
Matt Stajan, Andre Deveaux, Brad Efthimiou
David Silverstone, Cody McCormick, Adam Paiement
Alex White,         ?               ,  Andrew Brown

Dan Growden, Malcolm Hutt
Nick Policelli or Matt Coughlin, Rob Dmytruk
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As we can see there is a few holes to fill mainly on defense, so expect a defensive draft, but if Michael Jacobsen is sent back to the OHL by the Blackhawks they will be able to trade him and Matt Coughlin because they will both be overagers and the Bulls will already have 3. However, if the Bulls are willing to trade captain Policelli, then we may see Coughlin stick around since he is the better defenseman. Jan Chovan will be the starting goalie and Colaiacovo may wish to be traded if he is selected in the NHL draft so that he can showcase his talent. (see Cory Campbell) Naturally we will have to see what comes out of the draft and from the Bulls camp.