After coming off a 7-5 victory over the Owen Sound Attack the Barrie Colts headed north for a Friday night match-up against the Sudbury Wolves. The game was back and forth all night but it was the Wolves who attacked late in the third period to sneak out the 5-3 win.
2013 CHL import pick, Daniel Gibl got the call in the cage for the Colts’ making his first career OHL appearance. Barrie controlled the play in the opening frame but could not solve Sudbury netminder Franky Palazzese.
After being acquired in the off-season, former Erie Otter Connor Crisp would open the scoring for the Wolves at 18:26 of the first period. Crisp managed to tuck a backhander upstairs over the shoulder of Gibl to put Sudbury out front 1-0. Jacob Harris and Dominik Kubalik registered the assists.
Barrie held the edge in shots 10-4 after twenty minutes.
The Colts’ continued to attack the Wolves in the second and were able to capitalize with an early power play goal. Colts’ captain Aaron Ekblad let a bomb from the point go, off the post and in for his first of the season to tie things up at one a piece.
With 36 seconds remaining in the second period, Jake Dotchin also scored a power play goal with another good shot from the point to give the Colts’ their first lead of the game 2-1. The goal was unassisted.
Barrie continued to out shoot the Wolves 25-14 through two periods.
The back and forth game continued in the third as both teams traded goals and were deadlocked at three until the dying minutes.
Dominik Kubalik had the hot hand on Friday night and tipped home a point shot top corner to put Sudbury ahead 4-3 with just 55 seconds left in the game.
With the goalie out for Barrie, Wolves forward Matthew Campagna sealed the victory with an empty netter at 19:47 of the third period.
Goaltender Daniel Gibl made 18 saves on the night in his first appearance for Barrie. The Colts’ power play went 2 for 3 on the night meanwhile Sudbury was 0 for 2.
The 5-3 loss at the Sudbury Community Arena was the first of the season for the Colts’ (2-1-0-0) as they now head to Sault Ste. Marie for a Saturday night game to close out the weekend against the Greyhounds.
Game time is 7:07pm at the Essar Centre.