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A late collapse nearly cost the Barrie Colts on Saturday night.
But they wrote the ship in time to get the two points.
Andrew Mangiapane scored the shootout winner and Daniel Gibl had 41 saves as the Colts defeated the Oshawa Generals 3-2.
“It was a close game between two good teams,” said Colts centre Erik Bradford. “They’re at the top of the Eastern Conference, so coming into tonight, we knew we’d have to play a full 60 minutes to beat them.
“Fortunately, we were able to pull it out in the shootout.”
The Colts gave up a few good chances in the first, but still came away with the lead.
Just 35 seconds into the game, Zach Hall cut across the middle of the offensive zone, bringing a defender with him.
Hall coolly dropped the puck to Brendan Lemieux, who released a high shot from the top of the faceoff circle that beat Generals starter Daniel Altshuller to give Barrie a 1-0 lead.
“They were tired, having had a game in Sudbury last night, and we knew we could pounce on them early,” Bradford said.
The Generals wouldn’t get a ton of shots on net in the opening period, but they had quality over quantity.
Colin Suellentrop blasted a point shot that got redirected on the way to the net, but Colts goalie Daniel Gibl followed it and made the glove save.
A few minutes later, Cole Cassels found Michael Dal Colle on a cross-crease play that Gibl got over on to make the right pad save, keeping it a 1-0 Barrie advantage after a period.
“He was great for us tonight and he’s been great for us this year,” Bradford said. “You’re starting to see a more consistent effort from him, which is exactly what we need.
“He’s starting to show everyone why we drafted him and he’s going to be a key piece to this puzzle down the road.”
The Barrie import continued to look steady in the net during the second, turning aside 21 shots through 40 minutes.
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