COLTS HEAD TO KITCHENER ON FRIDAY
The Barrie Colts made their only trip of the season to the Aud in Kitchener Friday night for their first of two meetings against the Rangers.
The Colts scored the final three goals of the game including Zach Hall`s third period game-winner. Mathias Niederberger made 26 saves and picks up the win.
Colin Behenna scored twice and added an assist; Ivan Telegin had a goal and an assist, while Steven Beyers had a two-point night.
Kitchener took a 1-0 lead on the power play when Tobias Reider took advantage of a rebound and hammered the shot past Mathias Niederberger 2:26 in to the game.
Barrie would come back, as the two teams exchanged goals in the first period. Norm Ezekiel made a great fore-checking effort before Behenna gathered the puck behind the net and centered to Mark Scheifele (19) who beat Franky Palazzese.
After the Rangers made it 2-1 Colin Behenna (21) picked up a rebound and jammed home his first of the game to make it 2-2 after the first. Beyers and Ryan O’Connor assisted on the power play goal.
Six minutes in to the second period Mathias Niederberger took a high shot and pulled himself from the game. Alex Fotinos looked sharp in relief of the Barrie starter, who would return to the game five minutes later.
The Rangers took their third lead of the game when Cody Sol finished off a nice passing play while on a 4-on-4 and beat Niederberger to make it 3-2. Moments later it was Derek Hartwick with a nice slap-pass to Behenna (22) who went skate-to-stick and beat the Rangers goalie to tie things at three after 40 minutes.
The Colts out-chanced the Rangers in the final frame and scored the only two goals to take the game 5-3. Zach Hall (18) danced in to the Rangers zone on the power play and absolutely roofed a perfect shot for the game-winner.
Ivan Telegin (17) then made a great effort to chase down a loose puck and was rewarded with the empty-net goal.
With the victory and the Wolves loss against Niagara, the Colts are once again tied with Sudbury for fourth overall. Barrie returns home to host the Generals on Saturday.