A late strange goal by the Ottawa 67’s helped them climb back to a 4-3 victory over the Colts on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday afternoon was broadcasted coast to coast on National TV through Sportsnet. This is the second time in a couple weeks the Barrie Colts have been televised on Sportsnet as part of their Saturday Showcase.
The game began with a great pace from both teams, but Barrie came up with the best scoring chance. Barrie’s leading scorer Lucas Chiodo was alone in front but instead of shooting looked for Jason Willms who couldn’t get a stick on it to put it past Olivier Tremblay of Ottawa.
On a 67’s powerplay later in the period, the former Ottawa goaltender now with the Colts, Leo Lazarev had to come up with a big save. The puck came across the ice and had Graeme Clarke of Ottawa all alone, forcing the Russian netminder to come sprawling across his crease to deny the opening goal of the game.
The scoring finally got started on a Barrie man advantage. On a point shot from the newest member of the Colts, T.J. Fergus who fired one on net that Ben Hawerchuk was able to tip in for the days opening goal. The goal was his 6th of the season and his third in the last two games. Alexey Lipanov tallied the second assist on the goal.
Ottawa would tie things up just under three minutes remaining in the period. Right off of a faceoff win in Barrie territory it was Mathieu Foget one-timing a faceoff win past Lazarev to tie it up at one.
Early in the second, Barrie’s leading goal scorer would strike. Jason Willms was Johnny on the spot as he found the loose puck to the side of the Ottawa net and slid it past Tremblay to give Barrie the one goal lead back. Ryan Suzuki and Chiodo picked up assists on the goal.
Moments later on a Colts penalty kill, Willms sent their second leading goal scorer, Zach Magwood on a shorthanded breakaway but he wasn’t able to solve the Ottawa net minder to extend the Barrie lead.
Ottawa was able to tie the game once again. This time it was Clarke racing in with speed and cut back to the middle of the ice before going far side to beat Lazarev and bring things even at two.
Before the second period buzzer could sound, this years #1 overall selection Ryan Suzuki would light the lamp. After scoring his 3rd of the season on Thursday against the Mississauga Steelheads, he was in the shooting mood. He came down the right wing and absolutely buried one top shelf to give Barrie the lead into the break. Fergus drew the lone assist on the go ahead marker.
To begin the third Barrie looked to extend their lead by adding some insurance. The Colts had a 2 on 0 with Suzuki and Chiodo but Tremblay denied Suzuki of his first career two goal game on the backhand to keep the game within one.
With Barrie carrying most of the play in the third, Ottawa knew they had to do something to change that before time ran out. Just under nine minutes to play in regulation and the 67’s would find the tying goal for the third straight time. It was Tye Felhaber receiving the centering pass out front as he outwaited Lazarev to tuck it home.
The loss snaps a streak of 8 straight road games for the Colts with at least a point.
Barrie is back in action tomorrow afternoon versus the Kingston Frontenacs at 2pm.