COLTS DROP 4-2 DECISION IN SUDBURY
A very short-handed Colts squad made their second trip of the season to Sudbury Wednesday night looking to tie the season-series with the Wolves at two games each.
Barrie had eight regulars out of the lineup, including Mark Scheifele and OHL leading scorer Tanner Pearson, who were helping Canada get to 2-0 at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
The Colts came in to the game with a five point lead on the Wolves and trailed the Battalion by three points for the division lead.
Barrie used just ten forwards and five defencemen and allowed three goals in the third period as they were out-shot 17-8 in the final frame and fell for the third time to the Wolves by a score of 4-2.
The Colts power play cracked the score sheet early in the first as Daniel Erlich and Eric Locke set up Gregg Sutch who blasted his seventh past Joel Vienneau.
The Wolves wasted little time in tying the game early in the middle frame as a turnover led to a pair of quality scoring chances and it was Sam Schutt posting his second of the season to make it 1-1.
Sudbury took a 2-1 lead in the third period and then the Colts power play struck again, this time it was Brendan Bell walking out from behind the goal line and notching his third of the campaign. Erik Bradford and Steven Beyers recorded the assists.
After a very tough hooking call on Dylan Smoskowitz put the Colts down a man, Reid McNeill was called for playing with illegal equipment after using Mathias Niederberger`s stick. The Wolves would score the game-winner while up five-on-three and went on to add an empty-net goal to make it a 4-2 final.
The good news for Barrie was the return of goaltender Niederberger who made 32 stops in his first game back.
Gregg Sutch suffered a blow to the head and did not return.
The Colts host the Brampton Battalion on Thursday night.