In the 49th game of the season Mathias Niederberger picked up his first career OHL shut out as he and the Colts skated to their third consecutive win at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga Friday night.
Zach Hall and Daniel Erlich were back in the lineup, meaning that for the first time all year the Colts dressed all of their top players, with the exception of back up goalie Alex Fotinos.
Backing up Mathias Niederberger was Mississauga native Lee Mariani, the fifth goalie to dress for the Colts this season.
The Colts opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period and the only goal of the game as Ivan Telegin scored from behind the goal line with a high back hand that banked off of Majors goalie Brandon Maxwell and in to the net. Mark Scheifele and Ryan O`Connor picked up the assists.
The Colts spent a good portion of the second period in the penalty box, but Niederberger stopped every shot he faced and kept the score at 1-0 Barrie heading in to the third.
Scheifele took a penalty with just 83 seconds to go putting the Colts down 6-4 after the Majors pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Mississauga had a few good chances but Niederberger was up to the task as he collects his first shut out of the season, stopping 23 shots along the way.
Barrie evens up the season-series with the Majors at two games each, with another two meetings between the clubs upcoming down the stretch.
With the win Barrie hangs on to fourth spot in the Eastern Conference and host the Greyhounds on Saturday.