PEARSON POWERS COLTS TO VICTORY
The Barrie Colts made their first visit of the season to Ottawa Friday night to take on the first place 67`s.
The Colts came in fresh off a 5-3 win one night prior in Barrie against the Sudbury Wolves, while the 67`s have won just once in their last five games after starting the season 11-3-2.
This game featured four of the top six scorers in the league with Tanner Pearson, Colin Behenna and Zach Hall for Barrie up against Tyler Toffoli and Sean Monahan who was scratched from tonight`s game.
The league`s leading scorer was in fine form tonight as Pearson put up three goals and three assists as he was in on all six Barrie goals, as they miraculously came from behind to win 6-5 in overtime.
Ivan Telegin scored the game-tying goal with under one second left in regulation to force overtime after a selfish Ottawa penalty landed the Colts their third power play goal of the game.
Pearson completed the hat-trick 48 seconds in to overtime with the game-winner over the shoulder of Petr Mrazek from the middle of the slot. Mark Scheifele and Norm Ezekiel assisted on Pearson`s 18th of the season.
He still trails Ottawa`s Toffoli for the league-lead in goals after the Ottawa forward scored twice to put his season total to 21. Pearson leads the league in assists and points.
Scheifele and Behenna both had one goal and two assists. Mathias Niederberger made 20 saves for the win as the Colts out-shot Ottawa 38-25.
The 67`s earned a 1-0 lead on a lucky bounce off the boards and would take a 2-0 lead in to the room after 40 minutes.
The Colts came out and scored three straight in the second to take their first lead of the contest. Pearson scored his first of three, Scheifele notched his sixth of the year and then it was Pearson from Behenna and Aaron Ekblad.
The 67`s would tie the game late in the second on Toffoli`s second of the game.
Ottawa would take a 4-3 lead before Behenna scored on the power play from Pearson and Scheifele. Seconds later the 67`s would restore their lead when Ben Dubois broke out of his zone and scored short-handed.
The Colts made their last-ditch effort with Niederberger out of the goal and Pearson sent the puck to the front of the net where Behenna neatly tipped it over to Telegin who put home his second goal in as many games with under a second to go.
The Colts are now 2-0 on the weekend and will head to Kingston for a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday.