For the first time in three weeks the Barrie Colts were back on home ice at the Barrie Molson Centre, and they did not disappoint.
The Mississauga Steelheads were in tough in front of a sold out crowd on Saturday night. The Colts played a solid game for the full sixty minutes and the result showed on the scoreboard. Barrie would open the scoring at 12:54 of the first period when Zach Hall notched his 21st goal of the season. Mark Scheifele picked up the puck behind the net and fed it to Hall who blasted in past netminder Tyson Teichmann. Jake Dotchin was also credited with an assist.
The point for Scheifele was his 200th career OHL point in only 148 games played. After twenty minutes of play the Colts remained ahead 1 – 0 but it was Mississauga who had the edge in shots 15 – 12.
The spirited contest between these divisional rivals continued in the second frame. CJ Garcia and Bobby Macintyre dropped the gloves midway through the period in an entertaining scrap much to the delight of the crowd. At 17:22 Steelheads defenceman Dylan DeMelo was penalized for interference sending the Barrie Colts on the power play. With the man advantage Andreas Athanasiou would find the puck right on the doorstep and put it home for his 24th of the season. Mitchell Theoret and Mark Scheifele were credited with the assists. Mississauga still could not find the back of the net and headed into the final period down 2 – 0.
The Barrie Colts continued to dominate play in the third period and out shot the Steelheads 20 – 5. With 1:01 remaining in the game, Mitchell Theoret sealed the victory by adding an empty netter. Jonathan Laser and Zach Hall picked up the assists. Mathias Niederberger looked poised in between the pipes all night and shut the door for the Colts recording his second shut out of the season. Niederberger made 28 saves and registered his 29th win of the year. Barrie had the edge in shots, 45 – 28.
There is little time for the Barrie Colts to celebrate their win, as they will head down the highway to take on the Brampton Battalion Sunday. Game time is 2:00 at the Powerade Centre.