The Barrie Colts snapped out of a 15 game winless drought Thursday night against the visiting Plymouth Whalers. First star Colin Behenna led the way with two goals and an assist, as four Colts combined to do all the scoring in Barrie’s 4-3 victory.
Stephen Gaskin and Taylor Carnevale each had a goal and an assist, while Steven Beyers continued his hot streak with three helpers.
After starting the season with just five wins in their first 14 contests, the Whalers came in to Barrie having won eight of their last ten. On Thursday night Garrett Meurs scored a pair of goals, but goalie John Chartrand stopped 42 of 45 Plymouth shots and records his first win in a Barrie jersey.
The Colts came out flat and allowed a Plymouth goal just 36 seconds in. Garrett Meurs took a nice pass and scored his first of two past a surprised Chartrand.
Barrie bounced back on Colin Behenna’s short-handed tally. His tenth of the season came unassisted at 5:42.
Moments later Behenna would lead a rush towards the Plymouth goal and dropped off a pass to Carnevale who potted his 19th of the campaign. Beyers recorded the other assist on the power play tally.
2:11 later the Colts power play would strike again as Stephen Gaskin pushed in his third from Carnevale and Beyers as a scramble ensued in front of Matt Mahalak.
Behenna would continue his solid game by adding his second of the game at the 13:06 mark of the middle period. Gaskin and Beyers assisted on the power play goal, for Beyers it was his third assist of the game.
Meurs would match Behenna’s effort with his second goal at 17:49 to make it 4-2 after 40 minutes.
The Whalers would make it interesting in the third as they capitalized on a Barrie too many men penalty with James Livingston’s fifth of the year.
Special teams were the difference on this night as the Colts went 3/9 with the extra attacker and added a short-handed goal.
On Friday Barrie travels to St. Catharines to take on the Niagara IceDogs before returning home on Saturday to play the Oshawa Generals on Barrie Food Bank night. Fans are reminded to please bring a non-perishable food item in support of the Barrie Food Bank.