Here’s what you need to know coming into this weekend’s games…
The Colts look to extend their current three game win streak this week as they play a pair of home games at the Barrie Molson Centre. First, they will take on the Oshawa Generals Thursday night in a rematch of last Friday’s game, followed by a Central Division match-up as they welcome the Mississauga Steelheads to town. Going into Thursday’s game, the Colts have a record of 29-16-0-2 and have accumulated 60 points, which is good for first the Central Division as they sit 4 points ahead of the second place Niagara Ice Dogs. The Colts’ are currently second in the Eastern Conference as they trail the Kingston Frontenacs by four points.
In 8 games since being acquired by Barrie from the Saginaw Spirit, Dylan Sadowy has been on of the OHL’s hottest players, racking up 11 goals and 2 assists in that span which includes goals in 7 consecutive games. Sadowy can overtake the longest streak of consecutive games with a goal this season if he scores Thursday night as he currently tied with Kevin Labanc and London’s Mitch Marner for that achievement. Sadowy’s blazing pace has him tied with Peterborough’s Greg Betzold for goals with 31, trailing only London’s Christian Dvorak (37) and Erie’s Alex DeBrincat (36).
Along with Sadowy, Kevin Labanc and Andrew Mangiapane can also be seen near the top of both the goal & scoring leaderboards. Labanc, in fact, is atop the OHL scoring race as the San Jose prospect has tallied 85 points in 45 games. His 29 goals place him tied for 7th with North Bay’s Mike Amadio and Ottawa’s Dante Salituro while his 56 assists lead the league. Mangiapane’s recently 13 points streak, where he recorded 14 goals and 12 assists in the span, pushed him into the top 10 in league scoring as the Bolton native sits 10th with 61 points in 39 games. His 30 goals rank him tied for 5th with Sault Ste Marie’s Zach Senyshyn in that respective category.
Barrie Colts vs. Oshawa Generals (18-24-3-4)
The Colts and Generals will face off for the second time in six days when Oshawa visits Barrie Thursday night. Friday’s game took place in Oshawa at the General Motors Centre where the Colts would generate a third period comeback to take it 6-3. Trailing 3-1 going to the third, the Colts would rally with 5 goals in the period as Andrew Mangiapane and Dylan Sadowy each scored twice in the frame while Josh Carrick sealed the deal with an empty netter. Mangiapane also found the back of the net in the second as he recorded his second hat trick this year against Oshawa. Along with his two goals, Sadowy also recorded an assist for a three-point night while Roy Radke registered two assists.
Through 49 games, the Generals’ record is 18-24-3-4 as they sit 4th in the East Division with 43 points. Oshawa is currently in the 8th and final playoff spot as they sit three points ahead of the 9th place Hamilton Bulldogs. The Generals’ power play is tied for 10th in the OHL as they have converted on 19.4% of his opportunities while the penalty kill ranks 16th as they’ve killed off 77% of their shorthanded chances.
Anthony Cirelli continues to lead the Generals in points as the newly named captain and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect has 41 points on the season, which includes 13 goals and 28 assists. Kenny Huether leads Oshawa in goals as he has recorded 20 on the season, while Joe Manchurek leads the team in plus minus with a plus 11 rating. Domenic Commisso leads the teams in rookie scoring as he totalled 14 goals and 19 assists in 47 games. His 33 points ranks him 7th in scoring amongst rookies.
Barrie Colts vs. Mississauga Steelheads (25-22-1-3)
The Colts and Steelheads will square off for their fifth meeting of the year as they Mississauga makes their way North on the 400 for a Saturday night clash. Barrie has taken three of four games in the season series with their only loss against the Steelheads coming back on December 6th at the Hershey Centre where they fell 6-3. The two teams last played on January 24th in Mississauga with the Colts getting the upper hand on the Steelheads, winning 4-2. Dylan Sadowy recorded 2 goals and an assist while Justin Scott and Andrew Mangiapane finished off the scoring. Kevin Labanc, Julius Nattinen and Rasmus Andersson also had multi-point games as all three guys recorded two assists.
Through 51 games, the Steelheads have a record of 25-22-1-3, sitting in 4th place of the Central Division. Mississauga is currently 5th in the Eastern Conference in 54 points as they trail the Colts by six points. The Steelheads’ power play has converted on 19.3% of their opportunities, good for 12th in the OHL while the penalty has been amongst the league’s best all year, currently ranking 4th in the league at 83.4%.
Mississauga continues to be lead by their big first line of Alexander Nylander, Michael McLeod and Nathan Bastian. Nylander leads the Steelheads as well as all rookies in scoring as he has tallied 60 points (26 goals and 34 assists) in 42 games, 16 points ahead of the second rookie scorer, North Bay defenceman Cam Dineen, placing the Swede 11th in OHL scoring. McLeod and Bastian are having productive seasons as well as they both continue to raise their draft stock. McLeod, a native of Mississauga, has recorded 19 goals and 37 assists in 48 games while Bastian is third on the Steelheads in scoring as he’s posted 14 goals and assists 32 assists in 47 games. The Colts will also have to deal with the OHL’s tallest goaltender as 6’8 Jack Flinn will likely be between the pipes for Mississauga. Flinn’s 2.77 GAA ranks 9th in the OHL, his .914 save percentage is good for 6th, and leads the league in shutouts with 7. Flinn has been in net for every Steelheads’ win as he ranks 2nd in the league in wins with 25, behind only Erie’s Devin Williams (31). These are impressive numbers considering Flinn has been a workhorse for the Steelheads as he leads the league in minutes played at 2749 minutes, 351 minutes more the second leading goalie, Sagniaw’s Evan Cormier.