Roy Radke’s second goal of the night off a Cameron Lizzotte’s point shot 17:57 into the second period would prove to be the winner as the Barrie Colts beat the Kitchener Rangers 6-3 Saturday night.
For the first time this homestand, the Colts simply dominated the first period. Even though the Rangers Jake Henderson opened the scoring with his second goal of the season at 6:43, the relentless Colts finally got a bounce to go their way.
With so much effort spent killing penalties in their previous two games the offence struggled, but finally, a Kohn Mason tripping penalty would give the Colts a four-on-three and a reason for BMC to rock.
Cordell James’ centering pass bounced off goalie Chris McGonigle’s stick and into the back of the net for his fourth tally of the season at 18:35.
Like they’d been doing for the entire opening frame, the Colts kept the pressure coming. Forty-seven seconds later, another veteran gave the Colts their first lead at home this season.
Radke fought off an defender while flipping the puck from just outside the crease for his second goal of the season, making it 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
The lead however, was short lived. A textbook three-on-one allowed a Darby Llewellyn pass to get across to Rangers defenceman Joseph Garreffa and he potted his first of the season to tie the game three minutes into the second.
Despite a tie game, the ice at BMC was tilted in the home team’s favour the entire night.
Lucas Chiodo used his speed to accelerate to a loose puck in the neutral zone and with James following right behind to make it a partial two-on-one, a drop pass to the captain allowed him to wrist his second of the night over McGonigle’s glove for the 3-2 lead.
The offence kept pounding. Just before Radke’s eventual winner, they nearly had another after Ben Hawerchuk slid a pass across for Chiodo. A sprawling McGonigle managed to make a spectacular spilt save to keep the Rangers within one.
Fresh off being cut from the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp, Jeremy Bracco made his presence felt.
Skating down the left wing shorthanded, the 2013 fifth-round pick cut to the middle and beat David Ovsjannikov with a low wrister to once again cut the Colts lead to one.
Like he has throughout this entire homestand, Ovsjannikov made the big save when the boys in front of him needed it most. Justin Murray took a roughing penalty with just over five minutes to go in the third and some pretty passing set up a great chance for Llewellyn, only to have his Grade-A scoring chance denied with the game on the line.
The save would prove to be huge as the Colts would finally ice the game when Adrian Carbonara buried an empty netter with a minute-30 left to go in the game.
Zach Magwood added another empty netter to make it 6-3.
Dale Hawerchuk’s team heads to Oshawa to take on the Generals tomorrow for the second game of a back to back. The matinee begins at 1:05p.m.