Barrie Colts 3 @ Brampton Battalion 5
Winners of two straight, the Barrie Colts traveled to Brampton looking to make it three in a row, while the Battalion were looking to avoid their thirds straight loss. After posting a shutout of Mississauga on Saturday, Colts netminder Mathias Niederberger would be given a rest, as Barrie went with Alex Fotinos in goal, while the Troops countered with Jake Smith. The Colts got to Smith early when Erik Bradford scored just over two minutes into the game, and Mark Scheifele’s 30th goal of the season, coming on a powerplay, extended Barrie’s lead at the thirteen-minute mark of the first. The Battalion got back within one before the intermission, as Barclay Goodrow converted on a Brampton powerplay to cut the Barrie lead in half.
The Battalion jumped all over the Colts early in the second, scoring three times in the first 5:06 of the period. Matt MacLeod got Brampton even two minutes in, and two goals seven seconds apart, by Patrik Machac and Brandon Robinson, put the Battalion ahead by a pair. Late in the period, Barrie’s Mitchell Theoret and Brampton’s Brendan Childerley exchanged goals, and the Battalion took a 5-3 lead into the third.
Niederberger’s day off would be cut short, as he was in goal for Barrie to start the third, but the damage had already been done. The teams played through a scoreless final period as Brampton skated away with a big win on home ice. With a goal and two assists, Machac was named the first star, while teammates Robinson (1 goal, 2 assists) and Goodrow (1 goal and 1 assist) rounded out the selections.
London Knights 5 @ Niagara Icedogs 1
The London Knights put a stop to a four-game losing streak on Sunday, defeating a Niagara Icedogs club that has also now lost four of their last five games. The Knights got the jump on the Dogs early in this contest, as Bo Horvat opened the scoring midway through period one, on a goal assisted by the Rupert twins. Brett Welychka added to the London lead in the final minute of the first, and Max Domi made it a three-goal game under three minutes into the middle stanza. Niagara’s Steven Shipley scored a powerplay goal before the end of the second, bringing the Icedogs back within two for the final twenty minutes, but a Matt Rupert goal with eight minutes remaining would be all the insurance the Knights would need and more. London put the final touches on a convincing road win when Horvat scored his second of the game, converting a penalty shot with four minutes left.
Knights goalkeeper Anthony Stolarz was the game’s first star, stopping 40 shots in the victory, while Icedogs scorer Shipley was chosen as star number two. With two goals and an assist, Horvat was given the game’s third star.
After an unusually quiet Sunday on the schedule, Family Day Monday will be far busier, with eighteen of the twenty OHL teams in action. Check back Monday night for our daily breakdown of all nine games, until then, you can regularly find my ramblings about the Ontario Hockey League, as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Twitter @N24Nicholson.
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Photo: With a goal and two assists, Patrik Machac was named the first star in his Brampton Battalion’s 5-3 victory over the Barrie Colts. (Photo Courtesy: Terry Wilson/OHLImages)