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Colts’ Williamson earns 500th OHL coaching victory

Ontario Hockey League

Marty Williamson’s 500th career OHL coaching win came in comeback fashion on Saturday night in Barrie as the Colts thundered back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Sarnia Sting 3-2 in overtime.

Evan Vierling netted the deciding goal, making Williamson the ninth coach in OHL history to hit the 500-win plateau. He accomplishes the feat after coaching in his 900th career contest last week.

Williamson is in his 14th season behind an OHL bench, having served as a head coach in both Barrie and Niagara. The 59-year-old has steered his clubs to three different Eastern Conference titles, with the first coming in Barrie in 2010. His 282 victories with Barrie are the second-most on the franchise’s all-time list, 23 back of Dale Hawerchuk’s club mark of 305.

Williamson joins London’s Dale Hunter as one of two active coaches with over 500 career victories. Others in League history also include Brian Kilrea, Bert Templeton, George Burnett, Stan Butler, Larry Mavety, Dick Todd and Peter DeBoer.

Williamson’s Colts sit third in the Central Division with a record of 9-6-2-1. They return to action on Friday night in Niagara.

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