The Barrie Colts showed some much needed desperation tonight against the Ottawa 67’s as they looked to end a two game losing skid.
The first period saw aggressive play from both teams, but it was Ottawa who opened the scoring late in the frame. With the man advantage, Mike Vlajkov would score on a point shot to give Ottawa the 1 – 0 lead with 26 seconds left in the period. Sean Monahan and Daniel Salituro were credited with the assists.
The Barrie Colts would find themselves shorthanded again early on in the second period. This time it was the Colts who would capitalize with a short-handed marker by Josh MacDonald at 4:20. MacDonald was sent in on a breakaway where he snapped it home past goaltender Clint Windsor. Jonathan Laser picked up the lone assist. Ottawa would regain the lead after a scramble out front of the Colts net where Taylor Fielding found the loose puck in the slot and buried it glove side on Mathias Niederberger.
Back-to-back power play opportunities for the Colts proved costly for the Ottawa 67’s. After some great passing Zach Hall would tie this game back up on across crease feed from Tyson Fawcett. Less then two minutes later again on the power play, Andreas Athanasiou would put home his nineteenth of the season on a beautiful give and go from Zach Hall. The Barrie Colts were prefect on the man advantage tonight going 2 for 2.
The Colts would run away with the game in the third period. Tyson Fawcett scored on a nice wrist shot after picking up the rebound in front of the Ottawa net to give Barrie the 4 – 2 lead. Barrie was not done there as Brendan Lemieux found the back of the net at 12:37 of the third period. Lemieux was streaking down the wing and received a pass from teammate Justin Scott before shooting it past a sprawling Clint Windsor. Dylan Corson was also credited with an assist.
The goal would solidify the 5 – 2 win over the Ottawa 67’s. Mathias Niederberger was solid between the pipes again making 38 saves on the night for his twentieth win of the season. Niederberger is ranked second amongst all goaltenders in victories, trailing only Oshawa’s Daniel Altshuller.
Next up for the Barrie Colts is the Mississauga Steelheads who are in town this Thursday January 10th. Puck drop is 7:30. Click here for tickets.
1st Zach Hall – 1 goal and 2 assists
2nd Mathias Niederberger – 38 saves
3rd Tyson Fawcett – 1 goal and 1 assist