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Colts Come Back to Top Gens

The Colts played their first of a back to back when they made a visit to the General Motors Centre to take on the Oshawa Generals. The Colts and Generals have only squared off once this year back on October 25th where the Colts topped the Generals 5-3. Andrew Mangiapane recorded a hat trick while Julius recorded three assists in the victory. Oshawa currently sits in 8th place in the Eastern Conference just a mere two points up on the Hamilton Bulldogs for the final playoff spot.

The Colts last played Sunday afternoon in Mississauga where they took down the Steelheads 4-2. Dylan Sadowy netted two goals and added an assist while Julius Nattinen, Kevin Labanc and Rasmus Andersson each recorded two assists. Sadowy has been red hot since joining the Colts as the former Saginaw Spirit has record 8 goals and an assist in 6 games, including goals in 5 straight. With an empty net goal against the Steelheads, Andrew Mangiapane extended his point streak to 12 games where he’s recorded 11 goals and 12 assists in that span. Like Sadowy, Mangiapane has also scored in 5 consecutive games.

David Ovsjannikov would get the start in net for the Colts looking for his 7th win of the year while the Generals countered with Jeremy Brodeur. Brodeur has accumulated a record of 16-14-2-2 with 5 shutouts, ranking 2nd in the OHL.

The Generals came out of the gates flying as their controlled the play the majority of the play in the first period, including a shot by Alexandre Renaud that rang off the post 30 seconds in the game. However, David Ovsjannikov made some key stops to keep the game scoreless.

Oshawa’s persistence would pay off as they would register the first goal of the game at the 6-minute mark. After Cameron Lizotte was sent off for tripping, the Generals would take advantage of their opportunity as Mitch Vandel Sompel would wire a slapshot through a crowd in front of Ovsjannikov to give Oshawa the 1-0 lead. The goal was Vandel Sompel’s third of the season as Anthony Cirelli and Kenny Huether recorded assists on the marker.

51 seconds after Vandel Sompel, the Generals would quickly make it 2-0 as they converted on another powerplay. After Ben Hawerchuk was penalized for roughing, Oshawa would move the puck around to newly named captain Anthony Cirelli would fired a bullet over the blocker of Ovsjannikov to extend the Generals’ lead. The goal would be Cirelli’s 13th of the season and his team leading 37th point.

Heading into the second, the Colts’ looked to generate any momentum to climb their way back into the game. Although they came out of the gates with more energy in their legs, they could seem to find an answer for Jeremy Broduer. The Colts energetic style would pay off as 8 minutes into the second, they would answer with a powerplay goal of their own. After Mitch Vandel Sompel was sent to the sin bin for interference, Andrew Mangiapane would swat the Rasmus Andersson shot through the legs of Broduer for his 28th goal of the season. With the goal, Mangiapane now extends his point streak to 13 goals and his consecutive goal streak to 6 games, one shy of the season best of 7 set by Kevin Labanc and London’s Mitch Marner.

David Ovsjannikov would have an excellent second period as he made quality save after quality save to keep the Generals’ lead to one. His best save was made halfway through the period. As Eric Henderson and Joe Manchurek broke in on a 2 on 1, Henderson would send the puck cross crease to Manchurek. With a yawning cage to shoot at, Manchurek would fire the puck, only for a sprawling Ovsjannikov to reach with the glove to get a hand on what seemed like a sure goal.

Ovsjannikov’s remarkable save would not turn in momentum for the Colts’ as they would give up their third powerplay goal of the game. Following a slashing penalty to Cordell James, Oshawa would make no mistake as Kenny Huether would take the Joe Manchurek pass and sneak it between the post and Ovsjannikov’s left shoulder for his team leading 19th goal of the year as Lukas Lofquist would record the secondary assist on the marker.

Despite giving up three goals, Ovsjannikov had played an impressive game as he stopped 28 of 31 shots heading into the third period. The Colts looked to improve on their discipline as they took four minor penalties into the second.

The Colts looked to cut into the Oshawa lead as early as possible as they pressured Jeremy Brodeur with some quality scoring opportunities. The Colts would do that 4 minutes into the third as a nice three way passing play saw Justin Scott send it to Roy Radke who slid one across the slot to Dylan Sadowy who buried the puck into the open cage for his 29th goal of the year. The goal would need a review as the play was nearly offside though the goal would stand to make it 3-2 Generals. Sadowy’s tally also matches Mangiapane with his 6th straight game with a goal. The goal would also give Sadowy a Gordie Howe hat trick after a first period fight with Joe Manchurek and an assist on Mangiapane’s marker.

Barrie would complete the comeback (time) following Sadowy as Andrew Mangiapane would score his second of the game to tie it up at 3-3. Kevin Labanc’s pass in front of the Oshawa net would bounce off the skate of Mangiapane before winding up behind Jeremy Brodeur. Another review would be needed as the refs looked to see if Mangiapane kicked the puck in, however they determined it was a clean goal as Mangiapane 29th of the year would count as Julius Nattinen recorded the other assist on the goal.

The comeback seemed to kick the Colts in another gear as they provided a relentless forecheck in order to obtain the go ahead goal. The Generals had a glorious chance to take the lead as Greg DiTomaso would be sent off for high sticking with 6 minutes left in the game. Nonetheless, it would be Barrie who would capitalize as Andrew Mangiapane who steal the puck from Oshawa’s defencemen and go in on a breakaway where he rifled one top shelf on Broduer for the hat-trick and his 30th goal of the season. Mangiapane now has six goals in two games against the Generals this season.

Barrie would put the game away with a minute left as Dylan Sadowy would deflect the Michael Webster shot on the powerplay to make it 5-3 Colts. The goal would be Sadowy’s 2nd of the game and 30th of the year as Roy Radke would register his second assist of the game. Josh Carrick would net his 2nd of the year into an open net as the Colts would take it 6-3. 

With his two goals in the game, Dylan Sadowy has now recorded 10 goals in 7 games since joining the Colts. Barrie next game will tale place at the Barrie Molson Centre when they host the Niagara Ice Dogs. Get your tickets now by visiting BMC Box Office or visiting www.ticketbreak.com

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