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Team suspects bus disabled in Guelph

April 24, 1997

OTTAWA (AP) _ They’re playing dirty in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs, or are they?

The Ottawa 67s think someone may have sabotaged their team bus in Guelph during Game 6 of their semifinal against the Storm.

The bus overheated en route back to Ottawa for Wednesday night’s deciding game of the series, forcing the team to wait 90 minutes on the highway in the middle of the night.

The driver says his bus was definitely tampered with while it was parked outside the Guelph arena. Two of the vehicle’s three fan belts were missing.

``Our trainer was told by the driver that it seemed strange that there were no pieces of debris from either (of the two belts),″ said Doug Drain, the 67s public relations director.

The third belt, said Drain, appeared to have been partially cut or slashed.

``It just seemed strange that the bus ran fine on the way up.″

The team didn’t arrive back in Ottawa on Wednesday until 5:30 a.m.

``It’s hard for me to believe that someone would actually sabotage their bus,″ said Guelph owner Jim Rooney.

If it was sabotage, it didn’t work. The 67s got home and beat the Storm 6-3 to move into the final against Oshawa.

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