Here’s what you need to know coming into this week’s games…
The Colts head out on the road on Wednesday, December 16th to take on the Owen Sound Attack for their first of five Wednesday night games this season. Thursday, December 17th the Colts return to the BMC for their first of two games at home on the weekend. Thursday will see the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds visit the BMC for the only time this season. The Colts will finish off their weekend with a central division tilt against the North Bay Battalion on Saturday night at the BMC. Heading into the weekend, the Colts are second in the central division, only two points behind the Mississauga Steelheads, with 4 games in hand and a record of 18-11-0-0.
Owen Sound Attack (13-12-4-2) vs. Barrie Colts
- Wednesday night will be the third time the Attack and Colts will see each other on the ice this season, with three more times coming in the new year. The previous two meetings saw the Colts come out on top with two wins at home. This will be the first time the Colts play the Attack in Owen Sound this season.
- Attack defenseman, Santino Centorame leads the team with 22 points through 31 games played. Centorame has 9 goals and 13 assists, along with a plus-2 rating that is good enough for second on the team. Nick Suzuki leads all Attack rookies with 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points through 26 games.
- When playing at home, the Attack are fourth in the league with their penalty kill. They have scored 19 goals on 77 chances, good enough for 24.7% efficiency. The Colts meanwhile also have a power play that sees them sitting 4th in the league, but that is when they are playing on the road. They have capitalized 16 times, good enough for 23.9% on the road. On the flip side, Owen Sound has only given up 9 short-handed goals this season, which puts them at 5th in the league for their penalty kill at home. The Colts are 7th in the league with 83.6% efficiency on the penalty kill on the road, having given up 12 power play goals against. The Colts have 7 short-handed goals for, while the Attack only have 1.
- The Attack are 10-3-2-1 when playing at home so far this season, and the Colts are 10-5-0-0 on the road.
Barrie Colts vs. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (14-14-3-0)
- Thursday night will mark the second and last time that the Colts and Greyhounds face off this season. The previous meeting took place in the Soo and saw the Colts walk away with a 4-1 win. Last season, the Greyhounds won the season series winning both games, including handing the Colts an 8-3 loss in the Soo.
- New Jersey Devils prospect, Blake Speers leads the team with 31 points through 31 games. Speers has 10 goals and 21 assists, however, he also has a minus-9 rating. Greyhounds rookie, Boris Katchouk leads the rookies on the team with 27 points through 29 games, with 11 goals and 16 assists.
- The Greyhounds are 15th in the league with their power play on the road, cruising at 15.3% efficiency. They have scored 9 power play goals on the road, from 59 opportunities. At home, the Colts are 17th in the league with their power play, only making good on their chances 14.7% of the time. They have scored 10 goals on 68 opportunities. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds penalty kill on the road doesn’t quite compare to the penalty kill numbers that the Colts put up at home. The Greyhounds are last in the league on the road, killing only 71.1% of their penalties. Contrast that to the Colts who kill 90.6% of their penalties when playing at home.
- The Greyhounds are 5-7-2-0 when they hit the road, and the Colts are 8-6-0-0 so far this season at home.
Barrie Colts vs. North Bay Battalion (14-12-1-2)
- Saturday’s game against the Battalion will only be the second time this season that the two teams see each other this season. With six more visits coming after Saturday’s game, the Colts will look for their first win on Saturday, after falling 7-3 to the Battalion earlier in the season in North Bay.
- Los Angeles prospect Mike Amadio currently leads the Battalion with 43 points. He has 18 goals and 25 assists through 29 games, and also leads the team with a plus-10 rating. Battalion rookie, Cam Dineen leads rookies with 22 points through 29 games. His point lead includes 4 goals and 18 assists.
- North Bay’s overall power play is good for 14th in the league among all teams. They are 18.5% successful on their power play chances, scoring 22 goals over 119 opportunities. The Colts are only 0.8% more successful than the Battalion, going 26 for 135 of their chances on the power play this season. On the penalty kill, both teams again are close, with the Colts edging out the entire league and shutting the door 86.9% of the time, while the Battlion are in 4th at 84.1% efficiency. However, the Battalion have a league high 14 short-handed goals for, while the Colts have 7.
- The Battalion are 4-7-1-2 when playing on the road this season, and the Colts are 8-6-0-0 at home.
- Kevin Labanc leads the Colts with 45 points (14G, 31A), while four other Colts have double-digit goals (Mangiapane 16G, Nattinen 10G, Radke 13G, James 11G).
- Three Colts are on point streaks:
- Adrian Carbonara also has a 4 game point streak scoring 4 goals in that time.
- Cordell James has a 2 game point streak, registering a goal and 3 assists.
- After being traded to the Colts on December 10th, Anthony Stefano has recorded a goal and 2 assists with his new squad.
- Zachary Magwood leads Colts rookies with 3 goals and 3 assists for six points through 29 games.
- Milestone alerts:
- Brandon Prophet enters the weekend with 49 career OHL points.
- Anthony Stefano enters the weekend with 149 career OHL games.