Playing their third game in three days, the Barrie Colts travelled to North Bay Sunday afternoon attempting to avoid a hat trick of weekend losses.
Jason Willms helped the Colts’ cause with his 13th goal of the season 4:36 into the game. Joey Keane shot from the point, and Willms was on the doorstep, allowing him to bang in Julian Sime’s rebound to put the Colts up 1-0.
The Battalion tied things up about halfway through the 2nd Period. Brad Chenier gained the line and threw the puck on net, which allowed Kyle Potts to pot his 4th of the year top shelf to tie the game.
Early in the 3rd, the Colts regained the lead with a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal. Jaden Peca carried the puck down the right side and dished it to Curtis Douglas, who, pausing, was able to freeze Sime enough for Luke Bignell to simply tap in the pass for the go-ahead goal.
The intensity ratcheted up a few minutes later when Jesse Saban stood up Lucas Chiodo at the Battalion line, inducing Jason Willms to come to his teammate’s support. After a melee of punches, North Bay came out with a Power Play that was ultimately killed off.
The two teams were a combined 0-8 on the PP until Jaden Peca’s Hooking penalty late in the game. With their goalie pulled, the Battalion had a 6-on-4 advantage and were able to cash in when Brad Chenier batted in a rebound to draw the Battalion within one goal.
After a late barrage, Leo Lazarev and the Colts were able to hold off the Troops to avoid a winless weekend and gain some momentum before hosting the Steelheads on November 30th.