Tonight’s game between the Windsor Spitfires and Barrie Colts was a wild one seeing a total of 11 goals scored.
Early on in this game it was evident both teams were prepared as they came out hitting. The first goal was scored midway through the opening period after the puck poked free in front of the Windsor net where Josh MacDonald would put it home. The Spitfires would respond and tie the game at one when Ty Blicke jammed the net and somehow the puck made its way passed Mathias Niederberger. At 14:27 Zach Hall would make a nice drop pass to Mark Scheifele who let a shot off from the top of the circle beating Jaroslav Pavelka over the shoulder. Before the first period ended Windsor would manage to tie the game back at two on a goal from Josh Ho-Sang. Kerby Rychel and Michael Clarke registered the assists.
With the game tied 2 – 2 in the second, Colts captain Ryan O’Connor would skate the puck into the Windsor zone. O’Connor would then find Erik Bradford with a brilliant cross crease pass where Bradford would put it home for his eighth of the year. The Barrie Colts would find themselves in some penalty trouble giving Windsor a 5 on 3 chance. Just one second after the first penalty expired, the Spitfires would score as the puck went off a shin pad and beat a helpless Mathias Niederberger. The back and forth play continued and this game would head into the third still tied at 3 – 3.
The Windsor Spitfires jumped out to an early lead in the third period scoring twice early on. First Brady Vail would score on the power play and then Chris Marchese added another at 6:14 to give Windsor the 5 – 3 lead. With the Colts down by two it seemed like this game could be over. After a big penalty kill by Barrie, Windsor would find themselves in the box late in the game. Anthony Camara walked out of the corner and stuffed the puck five hole on Jaroslav Pavelka to cut the deficit to one. Just moments later the Spitfires would take a costly checking from behind penalty at 18:41. Just fifteen seconds into the penalty, captain Ryan O’Connor blasted home a slap shot from the blue line to tie the game at five a piece while igniting the crowd at the Barrie Molson Centre. Anthony Camara and Zach Hall registered the assists.
After a miraculous come back late to tie the game this one would head to overtime. With the Barrie Colts riding the momentum they would capitalize quickly. Just 41 seconds in Mark Scheifele received the puck on a pass from Andreas Athanasiou before wheeling into the Windsor zone. Scheifele riffled a shot top corner over Pavelka’s glove to erupt the BMC and steal the win. Mark Scheifele had two goals on the night while Ryan O’Connor added three points. Mathias Niederberger pick up his 14th win on the season making 28 saves.
The Barrie Colts (16-5-0-1) have little time to celebrate as they head to Sudbury tomorrow for a 2:00 game versus the Wolves.