The Belleville Bulls (36-14-3-3) made it lucky number seven, as in seven wins in a row, as they skated past the Ottawa 67's (14-39-0-4) at the Yardmen Arena in the lone OHL matchup on Wednesday.
Alan Quine got the hat trick and added an assist and Tyler Graovac had a goal and three assists for the host Bulls, who lead the Eastern Conference by three points over the idle-Barrie Colts. Quine is the third Bulls skater in the last three games with a hat trick as Jordan Subban (who recorded three assists against the 67's) and Brendan Gaunce each scored three goals in Saturday's win against the Sudbury Wolves.
Scott Simmonds scored twice in a nine-second span as part of a five goal second period for the Bulls, who also got goals from Austen Brassard and Brendan Gaunce. The hosts went three-for-seven on the power play.
With Malcolm Subban having the night off, Charlie Graham got the start for the Bulls by making 31 saves on 36 shots for his fourth straight win.
The 67's, who went two-for-eight with the man-advantage, got goals from Jacob Middleton [his OHL first], Mark Petaccio, Ryan Van Stralen, Joseph Blandisi and Dante Salituro. Jacob Blair started in net for the 67's, but was pulled after Graovac's goal at 11:52 of the second period made it 6-2.
The Bulls' next game is Saturday as they welcome the Peterborough Petes back to the Yardmen while the 67's try to end their five-game losing streak as they travel to Oshawa to face the Generals on Friday.
Photo of Alan Quine by CHL Images