It was opening night around the OHL as the Barrie Colts hosted the Saginaw Spirit in a wild and chippy affair. The Colts’ would kick off the year out dueling the Spirit to a 7 – 4 victory at the Barrie Molson Centre.
It didn’t take long for things to get interesting in the first period as Alex Fotinos had to come up with a big blocker save under a minute into the contest.
Saginaw found themselves in penalty trouble early on and it proved to be costly as centre Mitchell Theoret buried his first of the season. Newly named captain Aaron Ekblad took the initial shot from the point as Theoret drove to the net and potted home the rebound. Alex Yuill was also credited with an assist.
At 8:31 former Plymouth Whaler Cody Payne would register his first of two on the night to tie the game up at one.
With 47 seconds remaining in the opening period the Colts would regain the lead. 2013 first round pick Matthew Kreis scored his first career OHL goal with the man advantage. The goal was unassisted.
The second period saw plenty of offense as both teams exchanged goals. Spirit forward Cody Payne scored his second of the game to tie it back up but the Colts’ responded quickly. At 9:18 Josh MacDonald tipped home a Jake Dotchin point shot to put Barrie out front 3-2.
With a man short, Andreas Athanasiou demonstrated why he is going to be a handful for defenceman all season long. Athanasiou exploded up the middle on a short handed breakaway before going to the backhand and scoring top corner on netminder Jake Paterson glove side.
The Spirit would pull within one as they scored with 2 seconds remaining in the second period. The Colts had the edge in shots 29-27 and a 4-3 lead heading into the final twenty minutes.
Once again Saginaw managed to tie the game up but the Barrie Colts’ offense took over and scored three unanswered goals. Josh MacDonald notched his second of the game followed by another highlight reel goal. Barrie’s top line of Athanasiou, Hall and Theoret brought the fans to their feet after a spectacular tic-tac-toe passing play leading to Athanasiou’s second on the night.
Assistant captain Erik Bradford sealed the 7-4 victory adding an empty netter with Athanasiou and Corson registering the assists. With only five seconds left this one was entertaining till the bitter end as 6 game misconducts were handed out between the two clubs.
Goaltender Alex Fotinos made 34 saves to earn his first win of the season while Andreas Athanasiou and Mitchell Theoret combined for six points.
The Barrie Colts will now be off until Thursday September 26th when the Owen Sound Attack are in town. Game time is 7:30 at the Barrie Molson Centre. Click here for tickets.
Scotiabank 3 Stars
- # 22 Andreas Athanasiou
- # 11 Josh MacDonald
- # 15 Matthew Kreis