Barrie ended their mini two game losing streak with a huge 11-4 win over the Sudbury Wolves Saturday night at the Barrie Molson Centre.
The team would get on the board only six minutes in as Justin Scott would take the cross ice pass from Andrew Mangiapane and wire his 26th of the year past Troy Timpano. The goal came on a special night for Scott as he suited up in his 250th career OHL game.
Despite the early goal, Timpano would stand tall for Sudbury in the frame as the Colts controlled the puck for the majority of the frame, out-shooting the Wolves 15-6.
Barrie wasted little time extending their lead to two, scoring 49 seconds into the second period with a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play between Kevin Labanc, Julius Nattinen and Dylan Sadowy that saw Sadowy finish it off in front of the net for his 45th of the season. Sadowy now has 25 goals in 28 games since being acquired from Saginaw at the trade deadline.
Dmirty Sokolov answered only 1:45 after Sadowy, burying the loose puck by Mackenzie Blackwood for his team leading 29th of the year as Conor Cummins and Reagan O’Grady are credited with the assists, making it 2-1.
Cordell James restored the Colts’ two-goal lead when he scored his 19th of the season shorthanded as he shovelled the loose puck by Timpano. The shorty comes after James was voted the third best defensive forward in a recent coaches’ poll. Keigan Goetz and Cameron Lizotte assisted on James’ tally.
The Colts would add one more in the period as Andrew Mangiapane snapped one by Timpano for his team leading 51st goal of the season. Mangiapane is now tied for second in the OHL in goals with Erie’s Alex DeBrincat and is one back of London’s Christian Dvorak for the league lead. Mangiapane also inched closer to a franchise record as he now trails Bryan Cameron’s single season record for goals by two.
The third period was one for the ages as the two teams combined for 7 goals in the first 8:25 minutes.
Barrie’s high powered offence shifted to another gear as the team scored three times in the first 2:49 to make it 7-1. Justin Scott would score his second of the game and 27th of the season as he finished off the nice fed from Mangiapane to 5-1. Dylan Sadowy also recorded an assist on the tally.
1:10 after Scott’s goal, Kevin Labanc would hit a streaking Julius Nattinen who made no mistake, redirecting it past Timpano. The goal was Nattinen’s 22nd of the season, while Labanc registered the lone assist.
Only 31 seconds later, Keigan Goetz would make it 7-1 as he notched his 11th of the season and 6th as a member of the Colts. Cameron Lizotte and Josh Carrick picked up the helpers on the goal.
Michael Pezzetta would cut the Colts’ lead to 7-2 as he found the loose puck behind Blackwood, sneaking it over the line for his 10th of the season. Kyle Capobianco and Ryan Valentini were credited with the assists.
Minutes after Pezzetta, the Colts’ blazing offence would get back to work as Ben Hawerchuk and Roy Radke each scored 11 seconds apart to make it 9-2. Hawerchuk’s goal was his 8th of the year while Radke notched his 19th of the year. James and Michael Webster assisted on Hawerchuk’s goal, while Giordano Finoro assisted Radke’s goal.
Eight minutes into the period, Dmirty Sokolov’s pass deflected on a Colt defender and past Blackwood to make it 9-3 Barrie. The goal was Sokolov’s second of the game and 30th of the season as Mikkel Aagaard and Patrick Murphy picked up the helpers.
With 8 minutes left in the third, Justin Scott would complete the hat-trick as he buried the Michael Webster rebound by Timpano to give Barrie a 10-3 lead. The goal was Scott’s 28th of the season as Andrew Mangiapane picked up his third assist and fourth point of the game.
Macauley Carson would make it 10-4 as he buried the Nick Romero rebound by a stretched out Blackwood for his 5th of the season as Romero registered the only assist.
With under three minutes to play, Adrian Carbonara would score Barrie’s 7th goal of the third as he out-waited Timpano before going top shelf for his 9th of the year. Roy Radke picked up the assist.
Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 24 of 28 Sudbury shots to notch his 28th win of the season.
The Colts wrap up their regular season tomorrow with a game in North Bay against the Battalion. The team plays their first two playoffs games at BMC on Thursday, March 24th and Saturday, March 26th against either the Peterborough Petes or the Mississauga Steelheads. Get your tickets now by visiting BMC Box Office or going to www.ticketbreak.com.C