The Barrie Colts came into tonight’s Game 7 tilt against the Belleville Bulls hoping to advance to the OHL finals for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. The Colts pulled it off as they won by a final score of 3-1 and will now face the London Knights in the OHL finals.
Belleville dictated the play for most of the first period, as they registered the first twelve shots on goal. Barrie responded with a flurry of nine straight shots on Bulls goaltender, Malcolm Subban, who was able to turn aside each one. Belleville finally broke through with a goal in the first period off of a deflection by Bulls forward, Alan Quine.
Barrie responded later in the frame with a tally from Colts defenceman, Aaron Ekblad, who scored on an odd man rush with a nice assist from Zach Hall. The first period ended in a 1-1 tie.
Colts forward, Tyson Fawcett put his team ahead midway through the second period on a powerplay goal. Fawcett tipped in a point shot from Barrie captain Ryan O’Connor. The Colts maintained a one goal lead after 40 minutes of play.
Barrie goaltender Mathias Niederberger turned aside all Belleville shots in the third period, as he made ten saves in the frame. Barrie sealed the game late with a goal from defenceman Ryan O’Connor who slapped home some much needed insurance for Barrie.
The Bulls pulled their goaltender early but could not capitalize with an extra attacker. Barrie held the lead the rest of the way as they defeated the Bulls 3-1 and claimed the Bobby Orr trophy for Eastern Conference Champions.
Scotiabank 3 Stars
1. BAR – Mathias Niederberger
2. BAR – Aaron Ekblad
3. BELV – Alan Quine