Leo Lazarev was clearly on his game making a season high 48 saves stifling the Owen Sound Attack and capping off 2017 in his 150th career Ontario Hockey League game.
The Barrie Colts playing in their annual New Year’s Eve game Sunday night in front of sellout crowd at the Barrie Molson Centre would finish a home and home matchup against the Owen Sound Attack with the 4-1 win to complete a successful weekend.
Aidan Brown would lead the offense with 2 goals on the night and Joey Keane would get the game winner and an assist of his own sending the Central Division leading Colts to their sixth straight victory.
After the Colts would comeback from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Attack 4-3 in a shootout the night before it was clear right from the opening faceoff the two teams would come out of the gate playing a torrid and physical pace with the tempers still fresh in their minds.
It wouldn’t be until the 13:51 mark of the 1st period for the Colts to open up the scoring. Brown would skate over the Attack blueline and snap a low shot by the blocker of Owen Sound starter Olivier Lafreniere, his 2nd of the season, assisted by Joey Keane to give Barrie the 1-0 lead.
The Attack would come out of the room for the second looking to strike early, but Lazarev making his 28th start of the season would turn away a number of point blank chances to hold the lead.
Closing in on the midway point of the second period with both teams having a man in the box resulting in four on four action the Colts would increase the lead to two.
Aaron Luchuk would skate the puck up the left wing while fighting off an Owen Sound defender sliding the puck to the middle to find Keane who let a quick release go ripping it by Lafreniere for his 6th of the season. Colts Captain Justin Murray would also tally an assist on the play.
The Colts would keep the pressure coming and just five minutes later add another marker.
Jason Willms would work the puck back to the point for a one timed blast by Chris Cameron. Lafreniere would make the initial save, but Brown would be right on the doorstep to bang home his second of the game and 3rd on the campaign to put the Colts up by three.
With 36 seconds remaining in the period the Attack would finally breakthrough. It would be the elder Suzuki brother Nick stepping into a slapshot on Owen Sounds 32nd shot of the game to make it a 3-1 game heading into the third.
Early on in the final frame the Colts would respond quickly to go back up by three.
The Colts would force a turnover through the neutral zone and Jaden Peca would find Kyle Heitzner in the middle sniping one over the glove of Laferniere to make it a 4-1 game.
From there on it was all Lazarev, the Colts netminder would make another 16 saves in the final period to finish with the total 48 in the 4-1 win.
The Colts will begin the new year Thursday, January 4th as the London Knights will make their lone visit to the Barrie Molson Centre and begin their march towards the 2018 playoffs, puck drop scheduled for 7:30pm.
Tickets for upcoming home games can be purchased in person at the Colts Store located in the Barrie Molson Centre, by calling 1-866-9-GET-TIX (1-866-943-8849), or online at ticketbreak.com/BarrieColts