Colts Lose a Division Battle in a Shootout to North Bay
Adam Thilander’s shootout goal gave the North Bay Battalion a second victory over the Colts in just over a week.
After a rough loss to the 67’s on Saturday night, the Barrie Colts were hoping for a strong start in North Bay. Unfortunately that didn’t happen as they quickly fell behind 2-0.
It all started just over a minute into the game, as Zach Poirer was sprung on a breakway by Brad Chenier who potted his 7th goal of the season to get the troops off on the right foot.
Moments later it was Brett Hargrave going short side on a backhand beating David Ovsjannikov for his 10th of the season, giving North Bay the 2-0 lead just 1:53 into the game.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worst for the Colts, they took a penalty. But it was Barrie who struck shorthanded. Anthony Stefano found a loose puck in the neutral zone and found a streaking Cordell James going in on a breakaway who buried his 9th of the season to cut the lead in half.
It didn’t take long into the 2nd period for the troops to get their two goal lead back. After a Tom Hedberg tripping penalty it was the Battalion on the powerplay. Steve Harland found the puck sitting behind Ovsjannikov and put it home for his 12th of the season after an Adam Thilander shot from the point.
It looked like North Bay was going to make it a carbon copy of the first period as Harland was holding the puck with a wide-open cage but Ovsjannikov was able to stick up the leg and make the huge stop.
Barrie got a powerplay later in the period and it was the Colts leaning on their captain once again. James stepped out from the side of the net and went short side putting home his 10th of the season. Lucas Chiodo assisted on the goal.
Another Barrie powerplay lead to a milestone. Kade Landry shows off his moves steps out front of the net and goes backhand shelf tying the game at three with his first career OHL goal
The third period began with a little tighter checking. Both teams not wanting to give up that next one knowing it may have been the difference. North Bay had the best opportunity early on, after a Kirill Nizhnikov blindside body check sent him to the showers and gave the troops a 5 minutes powerplay. Barrie was able to kill of the penalty and grab a bit of momentum.
The rest of the period remained scoreless sending the game to overtime.
North Bay would have the best opportunities in the period lead by Poirier who was able to step out in front of the net but Ovsjannikov needed to be sharp to keep the game going.
Moments later Colts’ forward Zach Magwood had a glorious chance to end it on a breakaway but was stopped.
Just before the period expired Ben Hawerchuk came in all alone but had the puck bounce over his stick to send this one to a shootout.
BAR – Anthony Stefano – Stopped
BAR – Cordell James – Stopped
BAR – Giordano Finoro – Stopped
NB – Justin Brazeau – Stopped
NB – Adam Thilander – Scored