The Troops Hold the Fort in North Bay

Miranda Zilkowsky Photography

The North Bay Battalion defeated the Barrie Colts 5-2 in their home opener Friday night. The Troops hadn’t won their home opener since 2004.

The boys were back in action Friday night as they made the trip up to North Bay to take on the Battalion.

Coming in hot off of an 11-2 victory in their home opener against the Ottawa 67’s a night ago, Barrie knew goals wouldn’t come as easy tonight against a defensive minded team in North Bay.

The Troops were definitely the better team out of the gates in this one. Riding the high of this being their home opener they had the legs early on. Christian Propp made the start for Barrie this evening and war forced to make some big stops early on keeping it scoreless.

It remained scoreless till about the midway point of the first period where North Bay would open the scoring. Brandon Coe who was taken third overall in this past OHL Priority Selection Draft would dazzle the home crowd and setup the opening goal. He found Luke Moncada in front, who would make no mistake beating Propp.

Just passed the midway mark of the period there were chances at both ends. First it was Alexey Lipanov sending Andrei Svechnikov in on a breakaway but couldn’t find the back of the net. That opened things up for the Battalion to go the other way and force Propp to come up big, keeping the score at 1-0.

Barrie needed a quick start in the second period and they got it. After winning a faceoff forward the Colts jumped on a bouncing puck in front of the North Bay goaltender Julian Sime. Jaden Peca who recorded three assists in the opener was able to knock the puck out of the air and past Sime before it would be immediately be waved off. After a lengthy review of over five minutes the refs would overturn the call and count the goal.

Later in the frame Joey Keane would get driven into the board from behind with no call after slapping the puck into the North Bay zone. That would allow two Battalion players to be wide open for a long stretch pass up the ice. Luke Burghardt would be the one to benefit on the play as he deked out Propp to give the Troops the lead right back.

The home team would strike again moments later. Daniel Walker would finish off a two on one for North Bay and would give them the 3-1 lead.

Off the ensuing faceoff North Bay would take a penalty and send the boys in blue on the powerplay. About a minute into the man advantage Kade Landry grabbed the puck from the boards, stepped out and buried one to cut the lead to one.

After controlling most of the third period Barrie was caught flat footed in their own end along with some miscommunication. Burghardt would benefit once again as he scooped up the puck and wrapped it around the net and past Propp.

The Battalion would add an empty netter late to seal the deal 5-2.

That wraps up the weekend for Barrie as they have a rare Saturday and Sunday off. They will be back in action next Thursday vs. the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 7:30pm. That night is Overdrive night at the rink. Brian Hayes, Jeff O’neill and Jamie Mclennan from TSN1050 will be dropping the puck. Get your tickets now.

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