Friday, February 17, 2017

Game Preview: Barrie Colts @ Guelph Storm. #OHL

7:09:00 AM

Tonight, is the battle of two OHL titans! Did we say titans? We mean the last place teams in both conferences. The Barrie Colts are at the Sleeman Centre to face the Guelph Storm for the final meeting this season. You know… Unless both teams manage to make the playoffs and make the finals. As we said, last game of the season. Please don't expect Goro vs Liu Kang.(Personally, I was always a Scorpion guy, so..)

Ponies VS. Storm this season.

The Storm have managed to “weather the Colts’ this season. They pulled off a 5-4 OT win in late October of last year.

For the most part this was a tightly contested game. Kirill Nizhnikov scored first for the Colts. Anthony Stefano put up a goal and an assist, former captain Cordell James and former defenceman Matt Brassard also put up a goal each. Rookie Tom Hedberg and Justin Murray both finished the night with a pair of assists as well.

Special teams and shots made this contest tight with both teams ending the night with 35 shots on goal and having similar success on the PP. Barrie went 2 for 6 and Guelph went 1 for 3.

The game would end just before the halfway point of overtime with Noah Carroll getting the game winner for the Storm.

David Ovsjannikov got the start for Barrie and made 30 saves.

Sarnia Sting weather the Guelph Storm.

Guelph lost to Sarnia 6-2 on Wednesday night. The loss was their 3rd straight. Guelph was down by a pair of goals early when Dmitri Samorukov would score his 4th of the season to cut into the Sarnia lead. Sarnia would strike back quickly to regain their 2 goal lead. The 1st ended with Sarnia leading 3-1.

Sarnia would score again before Guelph scored their second, and final goal of the night. Former Barrie Colt Givani Smith scored his 21st of the season. Sarnia would score one more goal to complete the 6-2 victory.

Guelph was heavily outshot 48-28 in the loss. Rookie Anthony Popovich got the start but was pulled during the 1st intermission after allowing 3 goals on 13 shots. The loss was his 12th of the season. Liam Herbst came in relief to start the 2nd period and made 30 saves on 33 faced shots.

Guelph had a tough night on special teams. They were 0 for 6 with the man advantage and allowed 2 goals on 5 penalty kills.

Pete’s stampede Colts.

Barrie won a game! Then they lost a game. Barrie lost Saturday night against the Peterborough Pete’s in a 4-1 game.

Barrie trailed in the first period but managed to tie things up on Roy Radke’s 14th goal of the season.
Image result for very barrie colts ben hawerchukThat would be it for Colts production. Rookies Kyle Heitzner and Curtis Douglas both got assists on the Radke goal. Barrie went 0 for 5 on the power play.

Ruan Badenhorst got the start and had a strong night in goal stopping 34 shots on goal. Faceoffs were a struggle on the night with Barrie only winning 24 of 66. Ben Hawerchuk really struggled in the circle winning only 5 on 22 attempts.

Final thoughts.

The clash of two struggling teams. Guelph, you got to feel for though. The team, unlike the Colts, is in a very competitive division in the Midwest. They have managed to get 4 more wins than Barrie against more difficult competition.

In the Midwest division, the Strorm are the ONLY team that has scored fewer goals than allowed. In the Colts central division, no team has more goals for than against(as of Feb,16). The Mississauga Steelheads are the only team who are close having 187 goals for and 187 against. Also, the second last placed team in the central has 42 points which is 7 more than the Colts. The second last placed team in the Midwest has 62 which is 21 more than Guelph. All that in mind, Barrie and Guelph are both bad.

I would look for Propp to get the start though it could be anyone.

Puck drop set for 7:30.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Game Preview: Peterborough Petes @ Barrie Colts. #OHL

11:23:00 AM

Tonight the Peterborough Petes are at BMC to face the Barrie Colts for the first of two meetings this season.

Peterborough makes Sudbury cry wolf.

The Peterborough Petes come into tonight’s games one of the hottest teams in the Ontario Hockey League. They are currently tied in 1st place in the Eastern Conference with the Oshawa Generals with 67 points. They have earned 7 of a possible 8 points over their last 4 games played and are 8-1-1-0 record over the last 10 games is one of the hottest league wide.

Their last win came Thursday night at home against the Sudbury Wolves in a 2-1 victory. Peterborough got an early man advantage which allowed them to dominate the early stages of the game. Petes generated 8 shots on goal before Sudbury would register their first.

Christopher Paquette would score first for Peterborough at the 14:49 mark of the 1st period. His 16th of the season with assists going to Adam Timleck and Logan DeNoble. Less than 3 minutes later, Cole Fraser would score his 5th of the season to give the Petes the 2-0 lead. This goal would ultimately be the game winner. Dmitry Sokolov would score the lone goal for the Wolves.

Had Peterborough been better on the man advantage this game could have been a different story. Peterborough wasn’t able to score on 5 man advantages. They did kill their one penalty kill.

Dylan Wells got the start for the Petes and made 27 saves. The win is his 25th on the season. Yes, he has 11 more wins than the Colts this season… Peterborough out shot Sudbury 37-28. 

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Colts beat Dogs in 11 round shootout.

Barrie came into last night’s game riding a 9 game losing streak. Ultimately, with the help of rookie goalie Christian Propp, the Colts would end the losing streak in a 3-2 win.

Barrie came out strong but Niagara would get on the boar first just past the halfway point of the 1st period on Oliver Castleman’s 14th goal of the season. Barrie would get 9 shots over the last half of the period but could not find the back of the net. Niagara lead 1-0 after the 1st period.

Barrie came out even harder in the 2nd period but neither team was able to register a goal through 20 minutes. Barrie out shot Niagara 16-8 in the period.

Niagara came out hard in the 3rd period but Roy Radke would score his 13th of the year to tie things 1-1 just before the period’s midway point. Zachary Magwood would assist on the goal. Rookie Jason Willms would score a nice goal more than 3 minutes after to give the Colts a 2-1 lead. The goal is Willms 11th of the year and Kade Landry and Roy Radke would both add assists. It appeared that the Colts would sail to the end with the lead but before the 18 minute mark, Johnny Corneil would score his 24th to tie the game 2-2 which is how the period would end. The game would head to OT.

OT would settle nothing. Niagara managed to get 4 shots but Propp was outstanding and would get his team to the shootout.

It would take 11 rounds before Aiden Brown would score the first goal of the shootout which would be the games winner. Barrie ends the 9 game losing streak.

Christian Propp was named the first star of the game making 36 saves and stopping all 11 skaters in the shootout. The win is Propp’s 5th of the season.

Barrie out shot Niagara 45-38 in the win. They did a much better job killing off penalties than they did last time these teams met, killing off all 4 penalties. Colts didn’t get a chance on the power play.

Final thoughts.

Barrie will no doubt come into tonight’s game confident but they will need more than confidence to beat this Peterborough team. AS mentioned, they are hot right now, and a win could put them in top spot in the East. Barrie will need to play a disciplined game if they want to pick up another win. Barrie Colts forward Kirill Nizhnikov returns to the lineup after serving a 5 game suspension. In 29 games this season, Nizhnikov has 8 goals and 4 assists.

With Ovsjannikov starting Thursday and Propp in goal last night, look for Ruan Badenhorst to get the start tonight.

Puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:30.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Game Preview: Barrie Colts @ Niagara IceDogs. #OHL

7:18:00 AM

Tonight, the Barrie Colts head to the Meridian Centre to face the Niagara IceDogs for the 6th and final meeting this regular season.

Ponies VS. Skating Dogs this season.

Tonight’s game is the final meeting this year between Barrie and Niagara. Niagara has won 4 of 5 games so far, outscoring Barrie 29 to 16. The last meeting saw the Dogs take a 10-6 win over the Colts at Barrie Molson Centre on January, 14th.

Despite having a two goal lead after the 1st period, the Colts would allow 6 goals in the 2nd period. They scored 4 of those goals within 5 minutes’ mid way through the period. Ruan Badenhorst would get the start for the Colts but was pulled before the start of the 3rd period after allowing 7 goals on 20 shots. David Ovsjannikov would come in relief but allowed 3 goals on 8 shots. This was a terrible night of goaltending. Tough break, especially when your team manages to score 6 goals in the game.

Barrie had a strong game outshooting Niagara 40-28 but it would be special teams, as well as goaltending that decided this games outcome. Niagara went 6 for 8 on the power play while Barrie went 3 for 6.

Roy Radke, Ben Hawerchuk and Lucas Chiodo all ended the night with a goal and an assist each and Anthony Stefano ended the night with a goal as well.

Rags rinse Dogs.

Niagara is coming off a 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers this past Tuesday night. Niagara trailed 2-0 after the 1st period but managed to claw their way back into the game to force overtime.

Kitchener led late in the 3rd but Johnny Corneil would score his 23rd of the season to force OT. Niagara came out strong in the extra frame but Adam Mascherin would score to give Kitchener the 4-3 win. The goal would have him pass Taylor Raddysh in the goal leader race. He now sits in 4th for goals and tied for 2nd in points league wide trailing Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters.

The IceDogs have gotten at least a point in their last two games and have a 2-6-2-0 record over their last 10. They are likely excited to face a Barrie Colts team who hasn’t won in their last 9 games. Niagara will need this point as they look to get a little breathing room in the standings with North Bay trailing them in the standings by a single point with one game in hand.

Image result for a very barrie colts blog colts vs steelheadsTrout drown Ponies.

Barrie lost their 9th straight game last night to the Mississauga Steelheads. Barrie held a 3 point lead but couldn’t find a way to hold on to it.

Hawerchuck started things out for the Colts scoring his 10th of the year and then Chiodo would score his 17th to end the 1st. The 2nd started out with Jason Smith scoring against his former team to give the Colts a 3-0 lead. The goal was Smiths 5th of the year.

Colts would eventually blow the lead and allowed the Steelheads to score 5 unanswered goals. Hedberg would get a goal late but Mississauga would score again into an empty net to complete the 7-5 win.

David Ovsjannikov would start the game for the Colts and was strong throughout the game until allowing a goal from a weak dump in shot from centre ice. The puck went off the end boards, hit him and went into the goal. He ended the night with 29 saves on 35 shots faced.

As said, Barrie has now lost 9 straight games. They have only won a game in the last 10 and have only managed to get 4 points of a possible 20 in that time.

Final Thoughts.

Tough to see a goalie have a strong game and allow such a weak goal in. It does happen, but sometimes you wonder if a steadier schedule for the Colts goalies would benefit them. Propp and Badenhorst have also looked good but both seem to start slowly in games. The 3 goalie rotation that has happened since the new year has been a struggle I think for these guys. I imagine Badenhorst is happy to get some games but has it benefited the goalies? Tough to say for sure.

Lucas Chiodo had a 2 point night which has him in the top spot for Colts points this season over the old leader, Anthony Stefano. Chiodo has 17 goals and 26 assists for a total of 43 points. He has been a huge plus for a struggling Colts team this season.

With Ovsjannikov starting last night you can assume either Propp or Badenhorst will get the nod tonight. I would look for Propp to get the start.

Puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:00.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Game Preview: Mississauga Steelheads @ Barrie Colts. #OHL

7:18:00 AM
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Tonight, the Mississauga Steelheads will be at the Barrie Molson Centre to face the Barrie Colts for the fourth of six meetings this regular season. Mississauga sits in the top of the Central Division while Barrie is at the bottom.

Ponies VS. Trout this season.

The Ponies and Trout have faced each other three times this season already and Mississauga has taken a pair of victories over the Colts. Each victory needed extra periods to decide a winner and the last meeting saw the Trout win 4-3 in overtime.

Colts came out strong in the first period with Ben Hawerchuk scoring a goal on the first shot of the game 42 seconds in. The team would continue to pressure Mississauga but scoring another goal at the 4:02 mark to take the early 2-0 lead.

33 seconds later the Trout would get their first shot and it would be a goal against Ruan Badenhorst to cut into the Colts lead, 2-1. With less than 5 minutes left in the period, Owen Tippett would score to tie the game at 2-2 which is how the period would end. The 1st was Barrie's strongest effort of the game out-shooting Mississauga 10-9. It was downhill from there.

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Barrie would start the 2nd with a few shots on goal but then would go over 10 minutes without generating a single shot on goal. The Steelheads got 12 shots and a goal from Tippett in that time to take the 3-2 lead before Barrie got another puck on net. The 2nd ended with Mississauga leading Barrie 3-2. Trout outshot the Ponies 16-5.

3rd period was better for the Colts. They actually out-shot Mississauga 8-6 and tied the game early in the frame on a Kirill Nizhnikov goal just before the 8 minute mark. That would be it for regulation and the game would need overtime.

Overtime only needed 1:15 to decide a winner. Stefan LeBlanc scored to give the Trout the 4-3 win.

Badenhorst made 29 saves on 33 shots. The team went 1 for 4 on the man advantage and allowed a 1 goal on 5 penalty kills.

Trout drill Battalion.

Mississauga has only 1 OT loss over their last 6 games played. Their last game saw them roll over North Bay 4-0 at home. With the exceptions of the score sheet and the faceoff circle, this was a fairly close game. The Trout outshot the Troops 30-28 in the game.

All the goals were scored early in each period. Daarijarvi scored the game winner before the 3 minute mark with Tippett getting an assist. A couple minutes later he would score his 2nd of the night and 10th on the season with Tippett again getting the assist.

Shaw Boomhower scored his 6th of the season in the 2nd period and Spencer Watson would get his 17th of the year in the 3rd to clinch the 4-0 win. Mississauga went 1 for 2 on the power play and killed off all 4 penalties they took. Michael McLeod might not have scored any points but he was huge in the faceoff circle for the Trout wining 15 of 20 draws. Jacob Ingham got the start for Mississauga and saved all 28 shots faced in his 10th win of the season. The rookie is proving himself to be a valuable piece in this Trout roster.

Colts stung by Sting.

Barrie has only 1 win in their last 10 games played. They are riding a 6 game losing streak. They have not made it easy on some of these teams forcing OT in a few of those losses, but they are still losses.

The last loss came at the hands of the Sarnia Sting this past Saturday night at BMC. Sarnia took a 5-2 win over the Colts.

Colts allowed the first couple goals before Roy Radke would respond at the 11:36 mark to make it a 2-1 game. Sarnia however would score one last goal before the end of the 1st to make it 3-1.

Kyle Heitzner would score in the 2nd to make it 3-2 but the Sting would score again shortly after to reclaim the 2 goal lead. Heitzner goal was his 3rd of the year and Justin Murray got an assist. 2nd ended with the Sting leading 4-2. Barrie had the edge in shots 14-2.

3rd period resembled the 2nd with Barrie outshooting the Sting 14-12 but Sarnia would get the lone goal in the period to clinch the 5-2 win.

Barrie was not able to score a goal on the man advantage with 3 PP chances. It is worth noting the team did a great job on the penalty kill going 6 for 6 on the PK.

Christian Propp was outstanding for the Colts making 39 saves on 44 shots faced. He looked a little off early but really brought his game together as it went on. Almost as if this 3 goalie rotation is doing little for his development and confidence.

Final thoughts.

18 games left in the season for the Colts. It is looking pretty obvious where they will finish this year. Expect the team to continue with the 3 goalie rotation to finish the season. With 13 wins, I wouldn’t expect more than a handful of wins before the end of the season. The teams main goal moving on will to get games in for all the goaltenders and to hopefully get ice time for the rookies, while finding a way to get Nizhnikov going.

As for our prediction for who will start, we forgot our 3 sided coin at home so… I would expect to see Ovsjannikov get the nod tonight.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 at BMC.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

2016-17 Barrie Colts Valentines Day E-Cards. #OHL

11:34:00 AM

Having trouble expressing your true feelings to that special someone in your life?

Do you have chocolates, and flowers but no words to express exactly how you feel without looking like a complete moron?

Did you snoop through your lovers browser history and realize they got you something wicked awesome and all you did was make the bed this morning and need something FAST!?

Well if your special someone is a Colts fan then we have you covered!

For the third year straight we are pleased to bring you our 2016-17 Barrie Colts Valentines Day E-Cards! Some current players with a couple Colts alumni. 

Be sure to print and share or send to the special someone in your life! You know, if you have nothing good and are desperate. 



Friday, January 27, 2017

Game Preview: Barrie Colts @ Mississauga Steelheads. #OHL

7:41:00 AM
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Tonight, the Barrie Colts face the Mississauga Steelheads for the third of six meetings this regular season at the Hershey Centre.

Ponies VS. Trout this season.

In both meetings, this season Barrie has managed to get wins but have needed extra time to finish the Trout off. Barrie won the first meeting in the shootout 5-4 earlier this season at Barrie Molson Centre and won the last game 3-2 in overtime.

The 1st period in the last game was dominated by Mississauga out-shooting Barrie 15-6 but neither team could score. Christian Propp had a strong showing stopping all shots he faced. The last 7 minutes of the period was mostly in Barrie’s end. The Steelheads generated 10 shots in that time and the Colts were not able to register one. Luckily for the Ponies, Propp stood up to the test to keep the Colts in it early. The period ended with a 0-0 tie. Not scoreless, 0-0 is a score.

Barrie came out strong to start the 2nd period registering the first few shots and chances but couldn’t score until about the 8-minute mark when Anthony Stefano gave the Colts the 1-0 lead. Tyler Tucker assisted on the goal. The lead wouldn’t last a full minute when Spencer Watson would score to tie the game 1-1. Barrie could improve on their chances from the 1st period but were still out-shot 15-10 in the period.

Spencer Watson would give the Trout the 2-1 lead less than a minute in. Action would go back and forth after that with limited shot chances but lots of strong battles. With less than 2 minutes in regulation, Anthony Stefano would get his 2nd goal of the night to tie things at 2-2. Roy Radke assisted on the goal. The game would need overtime.

Overtime saw Mississauga come out and get a couple quick shots but it would be Barrie that would score the winning goal at 2:39 in OT. Giordano Finoro’s goal was his 7th of the season. Lucas Chiodo and Justin Murray both were credited with assists. Colts win 3-2.

Both teams went 0 for 3 with the man advantage. Christian Propp made 36 saves on the night in an excellent performance.

Trout sink 67’s.

Image result for a very barrie colts blog colts vs steelheadsMississauga crushed Ottawa 6-1 this past Tuesday at TD Place. Aiden McFarland scored his 8th of the season less than 2 minutes in and the Trout didn’t stop from there.
Ottawa’s lone goal came late in the 2nd period but that is as far as their point production would go.

Michael McLeod had a huge game for Mississauga scoring 3 goals and assisting on 2. He finished the night a +5 and had 3 shots, earning him the first star of the game. Only area he struggled was face-offs winning only 4 of 14. Trent Fox scored a goal and helped on 3 goals to total 4 points. Ryan McLeod also had a 3-point night putting up 3 assists.

Goaltending was a struggle for Ottawa which made it a easy W for the Trout. Jacob Ingham got the win in goal for Mississauga making 27 saves.

Despite scoring 6 goals, the Trout went 0 for 3 on the PP but managed to kill off both penalty kills. Ottawa out-shot Mississauga 28-25.

Attack win 15th straight and sweep Colts in season series.

Owen Sound did what Barrie did to them in the previous season and swept the Colts in the season series 6-0. They also extended their franchise record winning streak to 15 games.

David Ovsjannikov is the only reason the Colts could force OT in their 3-2 loss to Owen Sound. Barrie was out-shot 40-18. Ovsjannikov made 37 saves on the night. He was outstanding and made serval huge saves.

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Colts scored first on Jason Smith’s 1st goal as a member of the Barrie Colts. The goal was his 3rd of the season. Curtis Douglas earned an assist. Aiden Dudas scored his 6th of the year late in the 1st to tie the game 1-1.
Early in the 2nd, former Colts captain Cordell James scored his 18th of the year to put the Attack up 2-1. Not long after the Colts would tie things up 2-2 on a Zachary Magwood goal. His 12th of the season was not a pretty one. He pretty much lost control of the puck and it went in. The Colts would take it though.

3rd period saw no goals but Barrie was outshot 14-3. David Ovsjannikov continued to be solid and kept the team in the game, forcing OT.

Petrus Palmu scored his 27th in OT to get the win for the Attack.

A terrible game for Barrie. David Ovsjannikov was the only guy who showed up for the entire game. Palmu was named the 1st star of the game but everyone knows Ovsjannikov was the real star.

Final thoughts.

Mississauga currently sits in 1st place in the Central Division with a 3-point lead over the Sudbury Wolves. Barrie still sits in the bottom of the OHL. The Colts need to do everything better. Missing Radke and Stefano in the lineup are huge blows but there is no excuse to get out-shot as heavily as they did last night. Having 10 forward dressed clearly hurt the team. They need to get healthy if they hope to not keep getting steamrolled by teams. But this late in the season, maybe that is the plan?

I would look for Christian Propp to get the start. Ovsjannikov will need a rest after last night and Propp got the win and played very well in the last meeting with Mississauga.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 tonight. 




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