The Niagara IceDogs headed to Barrie for a Saturday night match-up against the Colts looking to snap there five game winning streak. It was a close contest through forty minutes but a six goal third period for Barrie ultimately put this game away as the Colts blew out the IceDogs 8-2.
Colts’ forward Erik Bradford opened the scoring at 2:57 of the first period with his sixth goal of the season. Bradford received a cross-ice pass from defenceman Jake Dotchin before putting it top corner over the shoulder of netminder Brent Moran. Dylan Corson also registered an assist.
Late in the opening frame Niagara would get on the board as winger Jordan Maletta scored on a rebound that found its way through the blocking arm of Mackenzie Blackwood.
Just ten seconds later off the opening face-off the IceDogs would capitalize again with a point shot that was redirected through the five hole of Blackwood. Mack Lemmon was given credit for the goal.
Niagara took the 2-1 lead heading into the break with shots tied at 11-11.
The second period saw limited scoring opportunities throughout but the Colts did manage to tie the game up at 2-2. A good forecheck by forward Justin Scott early in the period created a wrap around opportunity where rookie Andrew Mangiapane potted home the loose puck into the yawning cage.
Colts held the edge in shots 21-19 after forty minutes.
With the game tied up at two the Barrie Colts came out in the third period and exploded for six straight goals. Zach Hall got things started as he skated into the offensive zone and beat the Niagara defenceman wide before driving to the net. Hall who took the initial outlet pass from line mate Andreas Athanasiou, showed a great burst of speed before sliding it past goalie Brent Moran. Jonathan Laser also picked up an assist.
Alex Yuill then buried his second of the season midway through the final period followed by a shorthanded marker from former IceDog Mitchell Theoret.
Justin Scott, Aaron Ekblad and Erik Bradford also added markers for the Colts as Barrie went on the win their sixth straight game 8-2.
The Colts now improve their record to 12-8-0-1 and move into the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference. Justin Scott had a strong performance for Barrie scoring once while adding two assists in the game. Mackenzie Blackwood made 23 saves in the victory.
The Barrie Colts now have little time to celebrate as they head to North Bay for the first time this season to take on the Battalion at the Memorial Gardens. Game time is schedule for 2:00.
Scotiabank 3 Stars
1st Star – Barrie – #22 Andreas Athanasiou
2nd Star – Barrie – #17 Justin Scott
3rd Star – Barrie – #23 Mitchell Theoret