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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A New Very Barrie Colts Blog!

1:38:00 PM

Welcome to the new Very Barrie Colts Blog!

What is different?
Not much, really! We tried to keep a very similar flow to the site. All that really has been changed is we have added all our new image work (that we did months ago) and took out some of the "clunky" parts. Only noticeable difference is less ads and less moving graphics in the background.

Why change? 
We noticed 2 things about the old site.
1. It was so slow.
2. Mobile site was terrible. Yep, terrible.
We wanted to make the site run quicker. To do that, we had to remove some things like the old background and extra gadgets on the side which cause for more load time. The performance of this site is much quicker, while keeping the same feel we had. Also, many aspects on the mobile end didn't work. Videos, player stats and other things. This new site runs much faster and is a lot more mobile friendly.

We appreciate all of you who come to the site and share our stuff and hope that none of these changes effect your enjoyment while on our little corner of the internet. We know, functionally, this is a big improvement!

Works in progress:
Our search bar is giving us some problems. We will have this fixed over the next couple of days. IF you need a post, contact me and I will hook you up! (This won't happen..)

Other than this issue..

WE NEED YOU! 
Play around with the site! If you have any issues or run into something that doesn't seem to work right, let us know and we will address it as soon as possible!

Thank you for the continued support,
- The AVBCB staff! (Ryan..)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Barrie Colts Opening Weekend Recap - 22/09/16 - 26/9/16. #OHL

7:37:00 AM
This past weekend was the opening weekend for the Barrie Colts 2016-17 regular season. The team kicked off the season on the road facing the Kingston Frontenac's and the Ottawa 67's this past weekend.

Here is a look at those games.

at Kingston (0-0-0-0)

First Period:
Barrie came out strong in the opening frame generating 11 shots on Fronts goalie Mario Peccia.

Barrie got their first look t the power play this season 59 seconds into the game but were not able to convert.

Barrie Colts goaltender David Ovsjannikov only faced 5 shots in the opening period and managed to stop all of them. The first period would end 0-0.

Second Period: 0-0
The second period was a little more aggressive. 7:03 both teams lost a player for two minutes when Carbonara and Field would both take roughing penalties.

Both teams would exchange penalties before Anthony Stefano would score his first goal of the season. Captain Cordell James and Ben Hawerchuk would both get assists on the goal. Barrie would take the 1-0 lead.

Tighter period chance wise. Colts had the edge in shots out shooting Kingston 12-11.

Third Period: 1-0
Kade Landry would take an early holding penalty and the Fronts would make them pay for it a little more than 30 seconds into the man advantage. Jason Robertson would score first for Kingston with the man advantage. We have a 1-1 tie.

Kingston would generate the majority of the chances and shots over the next 10 minutes but Colts goalie Ovsjannikov was up for the challenge. It would be Ben Hawerchuk who would get on the board next when he put the Colts ahead 2-1 with a little less than 6 minutes left in the period. Curtis Douglas would earn his first career OHL assist on the goal while Matt Brassard would get his first assist of the season. Colts took the 2-1 lead.

Despite heavily out shooting the Colts 14-4 in the period, the Colts managed to fight them off the win the season opener 2-1.

Notes:
  • Kingston out shot Barrie 30-27.
  • Colts 0 for 3 with the man advantage while allowing 1 goal on 2 penalty kills. 
  • Ovsjannikov stopped 29 of 30 shots. 
  • Face-offs won: Kingston 39, Barrie 28.
  • Colts win season opener for second year straight over Kingston.


at Ottawa (0-0-0-0)

First Period:
67's hosted the Colts on "Guaranteed win night" in Ottawa. No way that is a bad idea, right?

This game was a lot more aggressive than the season opener the Friday before. Brassard would take a cross checking penalty moments into the game. Both teams would exchange a couple more man advantages before Kyle Heitzner would score his first career OHL goal. The goal came 9:37 seconds into the period. Kirill Nizhnikov and Kade Landry were both credited with assists on the goal. Colts would take the 1-0 lead.

Not even 3 minutes later the 67's would strike back. Kody Clark (son of former Leaf captain, Wendel) would score to tie the game at 1-1.

Both teams exchanged man advantages but neither could take advantage before the period would end. The period ended with both teams tied 1-1 with Barrie leading in shots 7-6.

Second Period: 1-1
Second period started scrappy. Both Murray and Fanjoy would be taken off the ice with offsetting minors. Shortly after, Barrie Colt Joey Keane would take a tripping minor, giving Ottawa the man advantage.

It would be Barrie that would score on the penalty kill when Zach Magwood would score his first goal of the season giving Barrie the 2-1 lead. Tyler Tucker got the lone assist on the goal.

At 5:54 Brassard would score a power play goal to put the Colts up 3-1. Stefano earned an assist on the goal.

Less than a minute later, Kirill Nizhnikov would take a tripping call. The team managed to kill it off and when Nizhnikov left the box he would come out to score to extend the Cotls lead to 4-1.

Ottawa would strike back minutes later when Fanjoy would put the 67's on the board cutting the Colts lead in half 4-2.

Both teams took late penalties but Barrie left the period with 1:31 minutes of PP time to start the 3rd period with. Barrie left the period with a 4-2 lead, out shooting Ottawa 16-10 in the period.

Third Period: 4-2

28 seconds into the period, Colts captain, Cordell James would score a PP goal to extend the teams lead to 5-2. Brassard and Murray both earned assists on the goal.

Ottawa took a couple more penalties but the Colts couldn't capitalize on either until 8:29 when Matt Brassard would score his second goal of the game. This would ultimately be the winning goal and was Matt's second goal of the game. Murray and Stefano both credited with assists.

Ottawa would score a couple more goals but Stefano would score a empty net goal late as insurance to clinch the 7-5 win for Barrie. Murray earned an assist on the goal.

Notes:
  • Barrie out shot Ottawa 34-24.
  • Colts went 2 for 7 on the man advantage while not allowing any goals on 7 penalty kills. 
  • Ovsjannikov saved 19 of 24 shots faced. 
  • Face-offs won: Barrie 29: Ottawa 30.
  • Matt Brassard scored 2 goals and got 1 assist. Scored the game winner. 6 shots on goal.
  • Anthony Stefano scored a goal and 2 assists.
Barrie are now 2-0 on the season. They hope to extent their winning streak to 3 games when they head to Sudbury to face the Wolves on Friday then come back to Barrie on Saturday for their home opener against the London Knights.




Friday, September 23, 2016

Cordell James named Barrie Colts captain. #OHL

4:48:00 PM

Though it has not been announced on social media by the team, the Barrie Colts have named Cordell James the teams new Captain. Credit to Gene Pereira on Twitter for announcing the news.
Cordell James replaces Michael Webster who was the teams captain last season in his OA season. Webster has since signed a deal with Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL.

As for assistant captains, Gene added in a following tweet that they would alternate players during the season.

Cordell is set to play in his 4th season with the Colts. Over his time in Barrie, he has played in 198 regular season games posting 33 goals and 47 assists for a total of 80 points.

Congratulations to Cordell James!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Keigan Goetz Appreciation Post! #OHL @keigangoetz

8:00:00 AM

This post is a Keigan Goetz appreciation post!

Why should you love Goetz?

1. He is about to play in his first full season with the Barrie Colts since being acquired from the Greyhounds.

2. In 139 OHL regular season games he has totaled 25 assists and 46 points.

3. He shoots right. I also shoot right. We both shoot the right way!

4. He is from New Hamburg, Ontario. Former NHL analyst Howie Meeker was raised there. They also apparently hold a Canada day duck race there. That sounds incredible and I would love to one day hear more about how that event is from him.

5. Consistently puts up points while being one of the more aggressive players in the league.

6. His last name sounds like 'Gates', not 'goats'. When I first saw him, I called him goats.. I was wrong..

7. He is not afraid to let a crummy little blog know when they failed to mention him in a team preview for the upcoming OHL season.
8. Since our re-branding, he was the first (and only so far) addition to our 'Players with Cat Heads' post and we think he looks amazing!

9. He isn't full of himself. HE could have easily used caps lock on his initials in his Twitter handle but he is clearly above that (@keigangoetz) just like me! (@ryannoble66)

10. He probably hates too much flattery and long lists and we will respect that by ending this list here.

Remember, that sometimes we may not appear to be, this blog will always be a Goat-er... Goetz fan! Best of luck this season and we hope we can be friends!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016-17 A Very Barrie Colts Season Preview. #OHL

12:10:00 PM

2015-16 Season Notes:
  • Finished 1st in the Central Division and 2nd in the Eastern Conference.
  • Ended season with a 43-22-0-3 record.
  • Swept by Niagara IceDogs in Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Kevin Labanc led team and the league in points with 127. His 88 assists was the most by any player in the OHL.
  • Andrew Mangiapane's 51 goals was 2nd most in the OHL.
  • Mackenzie Blackwood's .921 Save Percentage was the best in the OHL, tied with London goalie Tyler Parsons.
  • Barrie (again) led the league in penalty minutes with 1051.

Coach:
Head Coach Dale Hawerchuk returns for his 7th season with the team. He has led the team to the playoffs under him every season, with the exception of his first season as coach. With many changes to the roster headed into the 2016-17 season, he is hopeful to extend his streak to 6 consecutive seasons with a playoff appearance.

Forwards:
Notable loses: Andrew Mangiapane, Justin Scott, Kevin Labanc, Dylan Sadowy.
Notable additions: Kirill Nizhnikov, Jason Willms, Jaden Peca, Curtis Douglas, Kyle Heitzner.

The Colts lose a lot of their top point producers from last season. Mangiapane, Scott, Labanc and Sadowy  (34 of his pts with Saginaw) put up a combined 368 points last season which is a big chunk of the teams production.

The team is very excited about recently acquired winger Kirill Nizhnikov. Kirill was drafted 7th overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft by the Mississauga Steelheads. The trout sent Kirill to the Colts for a handful of picks. The native of Moscow, Russia played his last season with the Toronto Jr. Canadians minor-midget team where he put up 37 points in 27 games.

Cordell James returns as an OA looking to have a big season. His 19 goals and 25 assists last season showed that he was able to really step up his game. Putting up more points than he totaled in his first two seasons is a good reason to assume that more minutes for him this year will translate in higher point production.

Anthony Stefano will play a huge role on the team this season returning in his OA year. No doubt the team will look for him to put up a large chunk of points after leading all returning players in points last season with 21 goals and 23 assists for a total of 44 points.

Forwards to watch: Nizhnikov, Radke and Hawerchuk. Nizhnikov is a new and exciting face. So much potential and it is safe to think that he will end up with a big role on this team. Radke will likely see lots of ice time this season early in the year and will need to step up to fill in a top role spot this year. He had a good season last year putting up 39 points in the regular season but disappeared in the playoffs putting up no points in 15 games. I feel there is a big role for him on this team but he will really need to work hard to take it. Hawerchuk has been incredible in the preseason and seems very ready for the year to start. He played a lot of minutes, managed to keep an aggressive edge, while using that same energy to be a threat physically and on the scoresheet. His skating/conditioning look incredible and he really has a lot of jump to his game so far. I expect him to really have an outstanding season.

Defence:
Notable loses: Michael Webster, Rasmus Andersson, Josh Carrick, Greg DiTomaso.
Notable additions: Tom Hedberg, Tyler Tucker, Kyle Auger, Christopher Cameron, Kade Landry.

Captain Michael Webster finished his final OHL season with the Colts and landed a deal with Wilkes Barre Scranton of the AHL. Andersson seems to have landed a spot with the Flames organization though it hasn't been confirmed if it will be with Calgary or the AHL team in Stockton. There is no doubt that these are huge losses for the teams blue line. Carrick and DiTomaso were both released by the team due to the OA rule.

Hedberg has shown potential in the preseason. In 4 games he managed to put up 1 goal and 3 assists. He has shown pretty good puck moving skills and a willingness to put pucks towards the net which has been an area the team has needed improvement over the past couple seasons.

Christopher Cameron adds some size to the blue line at 6'4" and 231 pounds. Also has shown a pretty solid effort this preseason posting 2 assists in 5 games. Kade Landry also has had a good showing in the preseason posting 2 goals and 1 assist in 6 games played. One of his goals was a game winner. Maybe a clutch blue liner is something Colts fans can look forward to this season in this guy?

Defencemen to watch: Justin Murray and Cameron Lizotte. Lizzotte will bring a much needed edge to a team who has many new faces. The team will need him to not only play his aggressive game, but also play more minutes to fill in spots of  graduated players. Murray will likely become a top guy on the Colts blue line. He put up 3 goals and 10 assists last season and with more minutes this season should translate in higher point totals. I would look for him to post 20-25 points this season.

Goaltending:
So it appears that Blackwood is likely to joining the Devils, weather with the Devils or their "baby" team. Top spot in the Colts crease this season will go to David Ovsjannikov. He backed Blackwood last season and had to fill in the top spot when Blackwood was suspended. He looked really good when he was needed winning 12 of 21 games in the regular season and forcing a shootout in 3 of those losses. He even had a 2-1-1 record in 4 playoff games.

A positive note for the Colts has been the play of rookie goalie Christian Propp. He has played in 3 games this preseason, putting up a 1.93 GAA and a .938 Save Percentage. In his appearances he has made 61 saves on 65 shots faced and has a shutout. At times he has really had to stand on his head when the Colts have faced penalty problems and has made many huge saves. Backing David this season could really be a great spot for him to work on his game to possibly start for the Colts next season, if not sooner.



The Colts regular season starts Friday, September, 23rd in Kingston. Sunday, September, 25th they head to Ottawa and on Friday, September, 30th they head to Sudbury. The Colts home opener is the following day, Saturday, October, 1st against London.





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