The Barrie Colts headed to the Essar Centre to take on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound looking to rebound after last night’s loss to the Sudbury Wolves.
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds would open up the scoring in this one putting the Colts down 1 – 0 at 4:11 of the first. Alex Fotinos made the start for Barrie tonight and caught an unlucky break as the puck bounced off Sergey Tolchinsky’s glove to give the Greyhounds the early lead. The resilient Barrie Colts team would respond just 17 seconds later on an Anthony Camara goal. Camara would pick the puck out of the air with his glove, dropped it, and then ripped it home to tie the game 1 – 1. The Colts would quickly take the lead 2 – 1 after a gorgeous tip in goal by Mark Scheifele off a Liam Maaskant point shot. After missing last night’s game Scheifele would do a great job screening goaltender Matt Murray leading to his ninth goal on the season. Maaskant picked up his first point as a Barrie Colt.
The second period would prove to be the same as the first with the Greyhounds pouncing early on a Nick Cousins goal. At 2:27 Cousins would walk into the slot putting a backhand shot off the post and in passed Alex Fotinos. With the game tied 2 – 2 Mark Scheifele would once again show why he is an NHL draft pick. Scheifele would carry the puck in the Greyhounds zone and wrist it home glove side from the slot for his second goal of the game. Aaron Ekblad and Mark Webster would notch the assists. Ekblad has now registered a point in 11 straight games. The period would not end before the Sault would tie the game back up on a Mitchell Dempsey goal. Brandon Alderson and Nick Cousins would pick up assists and the game would head to the third tied three all.
The back and forth action would continue in the third this time seeing the Greyhounds regain the lead 4 – 3. A too many men penalty would prove costly for the Colts as David Broll would score on a rush down the wing on the power play. Mathias Niederberger would replace Alex Fotinos midway through the third which seemed to spark the Colts. Alex Fotinos was giving some tough luck in this one but managed to make 24 saves on the night. Barrie would keep coming trying to claw their way back in the game late. At 15:53 their hard work would pay off when Aaron Ekblad made a nice pass to a streaking Athanasiou down the middle where he would tip it passed Matt Murray to even things up at four.
This game would head to overtime where the Barrie Colts would prevail and steal the victory. Mark Scheifele scored his hat trick goal to give Barrie the 5 – 4 win. Anthony Camara showed some great effort to get the puck to Scheifele who made no mistake snapping it home along the ice with a hard snap shot. Mark Scheifele who did not suit up last night for the Colts had four points and registered his second hat trick on the season. Aaron Ekblad continues his hot play with 13 points in his last 11 games and sits tied for 6th in league scoring for defenseman.
The Barrie Colts (12-4-0-1) will now head home before going back on the road Tuesday November 6th to face the last place Peterborough Petes.