The Barrie Colts have proved to be one of the best third period teams in the Ontario Hockey League and another come from behind victory demonstrated that in Kingston on Friday.
The opening period was a busy one for netminder Alex Fotinos who got his first start since January 18th and he looked solid early on. Just five minutes into the game Fotinos came up with a big right pad save on Ryan Kujawinski to keep this game knotted at zero. After twenty minutes of play neither team was able to find the back of the net and the game would head into the second period scoreless. Kingston out-shot the Colts 13 – 9 in the first period.
The second period didn’t start out the way the Barrie Colts had intended as it was Kingston who would open the scoring at 3:09. After a scramble out front of the Colts net, Spencer Watson found the loose puck and snapped it over a sprawling Alex Fotinos to put his team ahead 1 – 0. Midway through the second frame Kingston would increase their lead when Sam Bennett scored his twelfth of the season. Slater Doggett displayed plenty of patience behind the net before dishing it out to Bennett who buried it at 11:13. Braydon Blight was also credited with an assist. Frontenacs Goaltender Colin Furlong held the Barrie Colts off the score sheet making 22 saves after forty minutes.
The final period kicked off with a bang as Jake Dotchin and Ryan Hutchinson dropped the gloves, which seemed to swing the momentum for the Barrie Colts. Just a few minutes later with the man advantage, Zach Hall would cut the deficit to 2 – 1. Ryan O’Connor fed the puck to Hall who went bar down on a one timer to finally solve goalie Colin Furlong at 9:26. Erik Bradford also picked up an assist. The Colts continued to push the pace and would eventually tie the game late with 1:35 left in the game. A great effort by Aaron Ekblad to keep the puck in at the blue line led to the game tying goal by Anthony Camara. Erik Bradford passed the puck from the corner to Camara where he one-timed it past Colin Furlong low glove side.
With the game tied up at two a piece, overtime would solve nothing and we would head to a shootout to decide the winner. Alex Fotinos shut the door on all three Kingston shooters while Anthony Camara scored the lone goal for Barrie giving the Colts the 3 – 2 shootout victory.
The Barrie Colts specialty teams had a great effort killing off all three Kingston power plays and going 1 for 3 on the man-advantage. Alex Fotinos made 38 saves and was named the games 1st star. Anthony Camara now has 28 goals on the season and hit the 50 point plateau for the first time in his OHL career. Erik Bradford and Zach Hall both stepped up for Barrie registering two points each in the win.
The Colts will now have a long layoff and will not be back in action until Friday February 8th when they head south to take on the Plymouth Whalers.