The Barrie Colts did their best to interupt the Windsor Spitfires banner raising party at the WFCU Centre Sunday afternoon. Barrie dominated the first half of the opening period as they produced a relentless attack in their first visit to Windsor since being swept in last year’s OHL Finals.
The Colts jumped out to a quick lead when they took advantage of a Windsor turnover in the offensive zone. Dylan Smoskowitz (1) took a pass from Trent Hawke and snapped a shot past Jack Campbell for his first of the season.
The Spitfires woke up after allowing the opening goal and bounced back with Alexander Khokhlachev’s first of two on the night. 88 seconds later Peter Di Salvo appeared to rob Kenny Ryan on a wrap-around effort, but upon further review the puck did cross the line and Windsor took a 2-1 lead.
Barrie would even things up before the period came to a close as Steven Beyers (2) controlled the puck on the power play, and after flipping a pass to Colin Behenna, drove hard to the net where he tipped in a Stephen Gaskin shot. Beyers has now scored two goals in as many games and equalled the score at two goals each after the first period.
The Colts took their second lead of the game when Mitchell Bursey(1) escaped from the penalty box at precisely the right moment, the defenseman accepted a Behenna pass and wristed a shot past Campbell for the 3-2 lead. Just 34 seconds later, one of few Windsor returnees from last year’s Memorial Cup winning team, Stephen Johnston scored on the power play to tie the game at three.
Khokhlachev would score his second of the game at 12:36 of the second, followed shortly by Nick Ebert’s first of the season as Windsor opened up a 5-3 lead. 64 seconds after Ebert’s marker, the Colts cut the lead in half as Trent Hawke (1) scored from Smoskowtiz and Brandon Devlin to make it 5-4 after 40 minutes.
Johnston scored again for Windsor in the third period, and Michael MacIntyre added a goal as Windsor pushed their lead to three goals. The Colts would once again reduce that lead when Beyers (3) scored his second of the game on an absolutely beautiful goal in which he undressed the Windsor defense and Jack Campbell to make it 7-5 Windsor.
Alexander Khokhlachev led the way for the Spitfires with two goals and two assists, while Campbell made 28 saves for the victory. Beyers, Behenna, Smoskowitz and Hawke all had multi-point games for the Colts, Peter Di Salvo made 37 stops as the Colts allowed over 40 shots for the second straight game.
Barrie will host the Battalion on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets.