A weird bounce off the back boards helped Jason Willms score the winner Saturday evening as the Barrie Colts snapped their three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Flint Firebirds.
The Firebirds came into Saturday’s game with a perfect 5-0-0 home record.
Matt Brassard nearly put an early smidge on that flawless record. The Colts leading scorer, Anthony Stefano gave Brassard a perfect centering pass less than a minute into the opening frame. Brassard found himself alone in front of the net but couldn’t beat Firebirds netminder Garrett Forrest.
As it usually does, when a team fails to capitalize on one end, the other often finds a way to make you regret it.
Moments later, the home team came down the other way and a three-way passing play saw the puck land on Ty Delladrea’s stick, who was driving hard to the net. His third goal of the season opened the scoring at 1:20.
Six minutes later, the fifth-overall pick, Delladrea picked up his second point of the night on an assist, when Nicholas Caamano’s wrist shot from the point found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
As the period neared its conclusion, Michal Steinocher took a hooking penalty but it wasn’t until the puck dropped for the second period that the Colts capitalized.
Lucas Chiodo took a pass behind the net and sent it out front for Anthony Stefano. His fourth of the year just as the power play expired got the Colts on the board and opened the flood gates temporarily.
Twenty seconds later and the game was tied thanks to Adrian Carbonara’s fourth as well. Then Chiodo capped a tremendous 4:48 span, converting a pass from Zach Magwood at the blueline and went bar-down on a wrister over Forrest’s blocker.
In a penalty-filled second period, the Firebirds managed to tie the game at threes by the end of the second. Delladrea scored his second goal of the game off a toe-drag at the top of the circle and his shot trickled past a screened Propp.
An empty-netter with the clock winding down would make it 5-3.
The Colts next game is Thursday, October 20 at 7:30p.m. when the Mississauga Steelheads visit the BMC.