Colts get a Split up North
The Barrie Colts headed up to the “Great White North” of the Ontario Hockey League this past weekend and came away with two out of a possible four points.
A third period collapse Friday night against Sudbury resulted in a 6-4 loss to the Wolves but the Colts managed to rebound the next night, picking up a 5-4 overtime win in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Wolves peppered the Colts with shots from the get go, outshooting Barrie 45-24 in the game.
Barrie’s powerplay was at the top of their game once again going 3-6 on the night despite the absence of the team’s leading scorer Mark Scheifele who sat out the game due to the flu.
The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period after two second period powerplay goals by Tyson Fawcett and Aaron Ekblad tied the game.
It was the Wolves however that came out flying in the third and struck for three unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead.
Ryan O’Connor cut the lead down to two with a powerplay goal at the 14:14 mark then just 11 seconds later Erik Bradford potted his sixth goal of the season to make it 5-4.
The Colts pressed hard searching for the equalizer but Charlie Dodero made it 6-4 for the Wolves just two minutes after Bradford’s goal and that would be the dagger and seal the win for the Wolves 6-4.
The loss was just the second regulation loss this season for Colts goalie Mathias Niederberger and his first since September 21.
Saturday night the Colts got a big boost as Mark Scheifele returned to the lineup and had one of his best games of the season notching a hat-trick, including the overtime winner.
Barrie took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission with goals from Anthony Camera with his 12th of the season and Scheifele.
The Greyhounds would score two of their own in the second with Scheifele replying for the Colts and the game was tied 3-3 going into the third.
David Broll scored on a powerplay to give the Greyhounds the lead but Andreas Athanasiou tied the game at 15:53 to send it to overtime.
Scheifele was the hero just 1:13 into the extra frame scoring his third of the game and 11th of the year giving Barrie the 5-4 win and sending the team home happy on the long bus ride back to Barrie.
Alex Fotinos started the game but was replaced by Mathias Niederberger after Broll’s goal early in the third period. That is the second game in a row that Fotinos has been pulled in.
Aaron Ekblad picked up two assists in the win and now has an 11 game point streak which has seen him register 13 points.
The Colts (12-4-1) remain on the road this week as they head to Peterborough (4-10-3) on Tuesday and Oshawa (11-6-2) on Friday. They finish off the week Saturday night at home against Brampton (6-7-5).
News and Notes:
Zach Hall was named the OHL’s player of the month for October. The third year Colt had 6 goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 9 games. Hall picked up his first career hat-trick against Niagara on October 27th and also recorded a six point night against Ottawa on October 18th.
Hall, Mark Scheifele and Anthony Camera will all represent Team OHL in the Subway Super Series against Russia.
Hall will suit up on Thursday November 8th in Guelph while Scheifele and Camera will play Monday November 12th in Sarnia.
Rumours were also swirling around the team that their 4th round pick in this year’s draft Brendan Lemieux could be joining the team. Lemieux was seen tweeting “Heading to Barrie” late Sunday night so the rumours look to be true.
Lemieux was playing for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. He had 1 goal and 1 assist in 11 games to go along with 34 penalty minutes.
Lemieux is the son of four time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux and the big six foot, 180 pound 16 year old is expected to bring a power forward type presence to the Colts.