Thursday, October 27, 2016

Game Preview: Erie Otters vs Barrie Colts. #OHL

10:45:00 AM

Tonight the Barrie Colts head to the Erie Insurance Arena to face the Erie Otters for the first of two meetings this season. Last season, Erie swept Barrie in their two meetings outscoring them 8 to 5 over those games. The Colts hope to not only end their losing streak against Erie but also knock the Otters off of their hot streak they are on early this season.

After dropping their first two games of the regular season the Otters have been one the hottest team in the Ontario Hockey League. After those losses they have managed to go 8-1-1-0 record in the last 10 games since.  Taylor Raddysh has been outstanding as he leads the league in points with 9 goals and 15 assists. The team has scored the second most goals in the league with 55 (Only the Rangers have more with 56) while only allowing 35 goals against which is the third fewest in the league. Scoring goals and making saves is just a part of why they have been successful. Discipline. You know that thing we keep saying the Colts could use? Well, Erie has that. 98 minutes is the total minutes served in the penalty box. For perspective, Barrie has served 165 penalty minutes which is the 7th most in the league. It should be noted that the Colts have done a better job from previous seasons staying out of the box.

As mentioned earlier, Erie has gone 8-1-1-0 over the last 10 games and their last game was a 5-2 win over Owen Sound this past Saturday. Special teams was a huge factor in this game. Erie only served one minor penalty and on 4 power play chances they managed to score 2 goals. Overall it was a pretty tight game but it would be Darren Raddysh who would score the game winner with less than 5 minutes left in regulation. Alex DeBrincat would score his 10th goal of the season into an empty net as the insurance goal and Taylor Raddysh would put in another empty net goal for good measure.

Barrie has not had as strong of a start this year. They head into Erie with a 3-5-2-0 record in the last 10 games. They dropped their last game to the Guelph Storm at BMC in a 5-4 OT loss. A strong effort for the team generating 35 shots on goal and scoring 2 power play goals on 6 chances. Team point leader Anthony Stefano scored a late goal to tie the game to force overtime but it was just enough to earn the much needed extra point because Noah Carroll scored 2:16 into OT to get the Storm the win.

Keys to Success: Stay out of the penalty box. Erie is 10 for 47 on the PP this year and though the Colts had a decent looking PK, they have struggled and the Otters are a team that will not allow you to sit back and watch the clock. Erie is also not a team you will sucker into taking stupid penalties so if the Colts want to get the win tonight they will need to skate hard and stay out of the box. If they get power play chances it will be very important to capitalize. Everybody will need to bring their A game tonight. This season is the year for upsets and there is no reason the Colts can't win. I mean, Sudbury has beaten Barrie twice this year and that has not happened in years.

Players to Watch: Taylor Raddysh. I know it sounds like a lame cop out saying "watch the leagues leading scorer" but the kid has been hot. Over the last 3 games he has put up 4 goals and 3 assists. Also, keep an eye on Colts rookie Tom Hedberg. He was the first star in the Colts loss on Satuirday putting up 2 assists. His 7 points this season is 5th most on the team and no doubt he will want to have a big game against a strong Otters team.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 tonight in Erie.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Barrie Colts themed Horror TV Show posters. #OHL

11:22:00 AM

If you have followed us for a while you might remember our post last Halloween where we made Classic Horror Movies with a Barrie Colts theme. If you missed it, or want to see it again you can check it out here.

This year we decided we would switch things up. Have you noticed there are so many horror themed TV shows lately? Many of them are actually pretty good but we figured we would make them even better by adding some Barrie Colts flavour!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Game Preview: Mississauga Steelheads vs Barrie Colts. #OHL

7:36:00 AM

Tonight the Mississauga Steelheads are in Barrie to face the Colts for the first of six meetings this year. Last year, Barrie won the season series 5-1 and also eliminated Mississauga in the quarter finals of the playoffs in 7 games.

The trout come into Barrie with a 4-5-0-0 coming off of a 3-2 overtime win over the Saginaw Spirit. In a tightly contested game it would be Nathan Bastian who would score his 4th goal of the season, 25 seconds into OT to pull off the win. The win was a god start to getting back on track following a loss in Flint. Mississauga no doubt will look to extend their winning streak while jumping the Colts in the standings.

Barrie is coming off of a big 5-3 win over the Flint Firebirds. Flint took an early 2 goal lead but it would be Barrie coming out hard in the 2nd period to claw their way back into it to get the win. Barrie went 2 for 10 on the man advantage while killing off all 4 penalties.  Christian Propp was a huge part of the win stopping 36 of 39 shots against. Anthony Stefano scored a pair of goals while getting 7 shots on goal. Adrian Carbonara also had a strong game for the Colts scoring a goal and adding an assist.

Keys to Success: Keep generating shots on goal. I'm pretty sure here is an old saying about this by a former NHL great who once played with the Greyhounds but I can't put my finger on the name.. Barrie also will want to take advantage of special teams. They have been excellent on the penalty kill all season and will need to keep scoring with the man advantage.

Players to Watch: Stefano leads the team in points and is always a player the opposing team needs to keep an eye on. Also, a lot of possession for the Colts starts in the face off circle and captain Cordell James has been incredible in the face off circle. He was 23 for 31 against Flint and that is a huge advantage for any team to have.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at BMC.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Look at the 2016-17 Barrie Colts after 10 Games. #OHL

8:50:00 AM

The Barrie Colts have finished the first 10 games of the 2016-17 season with a losing record. In this post we are going to take a look at how the team has looked through these first 10 games and compare it to how they looked at this point last year.

Record after 10 games:
The Barrie Colts have a 4-5-1-0 record through the first 10 games of the 2016-17 OHL season. Last season at this point they had a 6-4-0-0 record so, though it may seem that the team is struggling, they are not far off from the start they had last season. The 9 points they have this season is enough to have them in 2nd place in the Central Division. 9 points in any other division would have them in the bottom 2 teams in that division. The Colts no doubt are lucky that they are in the Central but will need to have a winning record moving forward if they want to possibly contend. 

2 seasons ago the Colts had a 6-3-1-0 record through the first 10 games. 

Goals for vs. Goals against:
The Colts have scored 29 goals and allowed 35 goals against. 

Last season, Barrie scored 28 goals which was enough to have them as the 4th highest scoring team in the OHL. This season with 29 goals they 5th fewest. Clearly goal production is up early this season from last year. Of the 29 goals scored, Captain Cordell James leads the way with 6 goals. 

Barrie has allowed 35 goals against so far. That is 10 more than the 25 that they had allowed at this point last year. This year, 7 teams have allowed more goals than Barrie with several also allowing 35 so far. Middle of the OHL pack as far as goals allowed is concerned. 

Special Teams:
Barrie has a gone 8 for 59 on the power play this season which is the 13th best league wide. Not terrible considering the team went 9 for 47 at this point and 13 for 52 the year before. That season was higher because Brendan Lemieux was scoring PP goals like it was nobody's business.

Penalty Kill has been fairly strong only allowing 6 goals on 57 short handed chances which is the 3rd best PK in the league. Last year they allowed 3 goals on 40 penalty kills which could have been attributed to the work of Mackenzie Blackwood.

Barrie has 150 penalty minutes so far. Here is an exciting stat. THAT IS NOT THE MOST IN THE LEAGUE. Last couple seasons the team has lead the league in penalty minutes total on the year and through the first 10 games. Right now, there are 3 teams with more penalties than Barrie. So either the team is more disciplined this year or other teams are starting to play with our "attitude". (aka lack of discipline.)

Leading Scorers:
Courtesy of the Official OHL website.
Courtesy of the Official OHL website.
Everybody has kinda understood that this was going to a rebuild year for the team. Losing the top producers and starting goalie is a tough adjustment but I feel the start to the year hasn't been bad. Initially I felt the production so far has been down from last year but looking at the numbers, the team has managed to do a decent job so far this year. Areas of improvement would be to work on the Power Play. If the team could find a way to take advantage with the extra man it would give the team a real edge. The team is shooting the puck more which is very important and will need to keep that up as the season progresses.

What are your thoughts on the Colts after the first 10 games? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook Page or on Twitter!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Game Preview: Owen Sound Attack at Barrie Colts. #OHL

6:49:00 AM

Tonight the Owen Sound Attack are in Barrie to face the Colts for the first of six meetings this regular season. Last season the Colts swept the season series 6-0, outscoring the Attack 30-9. This is a very different Barrie Colts team this year and it is safe to assume this years series will not be the blow out it was last year.

Owen Sound head into Barrie with a 3-4-0-0 record on the year. The are coming in off of a big 6-1 win this past Sunday over the Greyhounds. Petrus Palmu had a huge game for the Attack putting up 3 goals on the night. Nick Suzuki also had a 3 point night putting up a pair of assists and a goal. Though a couple other players managed to get a couple points each, you can't overlook the effort by goalie Michael McNiven who made 36 saves.Owen Sound had a decent night with special teams going 1 for 3 on the power play and only allowing 1 goal over 8 penalty kills. Though the Greyhounds haven't had the strongest start to the season, a win like this will only build confidence for a team like Owen Sound and no doubt they will look to extend their winning streak to two games tonight.

Barrie comes into tonight with a 3-3-1-0 record and enters tonight following a loss to the Oshawa Generals this past Sunday 4-2. Fairly strong night for the Colts, out shooting the Gens 28-25 but ultimately it would be specialty teams where they were not able to capitalize. Barrie had 10 chances with the man advantage and was not able to get a single goal. Though they struggled with the man advantage, the team continued to be pretty special on the penalty kill only allowing 1 goal on 8 man advantages for Oshawa. Jason Willms and Anthony Carbonara would score the 2 goals for Barrie.

Keys to Success: The Colts need to be disciplined obviously but they have not struggled short handed. They have only allowed 4 goals while short handed 40 times this season. It will be the power play they will need to improve if they look to turn this record around. You can look at the 6-0 record last season vs the Attack but you might have done that with the Wolves this year who already have 2 wins this season over Barrie after losing the last few years to Barrie. Barrie has also done a decent job of out shooting their opponents this year which has been a struggle over the last couple seasons. Barrie will need to carry that into tonight's game.

Players to Watch: David Ovsjannikov has done an incredible job filling in the crease of Mackenzie Blackwood and can we really be surprised after his efforts last season filling in? Also, Roy Radke is coming off his best game, well, in a while. He was aggressive and always hard on the puck, while generating 3 shots on goal. I would look for him to also have a strong game.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at BMC.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kitchener Ranger Jake Henderson suspended 1 game for headbutt. #OHL

8:17:00 AM

Saturday nights game between the Barrie Colts and the Kitchener Rangers was without a doubt the best effort the Colts have put forward this OHL season. Not only did they hand the Rangers their first regulation loss of the season but they dominated the game for the most part.

However, it would be what happened after regulation where things got pretty heated. Barrie Colts forward Kirill Nizhnikov was caught in a post game scrum with Jake Henderson which resulted in Henderson delivering a headbutt to Nizhnikov.
Quick answer for the question "Wonder what the @OHLHockey thinks about post game headbutts?" - 1 game.
The OHL doesn't mess around with intentional contact to the head, and yes, Nizhnikov was wearing a helmet and Henderson was not.  Does that make the severity of the action any less? Should we look at these incidents and allow the result/injury decide the duration or should it be the intent?

Another thing to look at is the "repeat offender" rule. It should be noted that being suspended before isn't the qualification to qualify as a repeat offender. Previous history must be similar to the incident in question. That being said, Henderson has been suspended for a play that saw him target a head in the past. Last year he was suspended for 2 games for "unnecessary contact to the head" of former Barrie Colt, Brandon Lemieux.

The season before that, he was suspended for 10 games for "checking to the head" on Vanya Lodnia in a game against the Erie Otters.

So, to get it straight, November 2015 he was suspended for 10 games, April 2016 he got 2 games for a head incident and October 2016 he gets 1 game for a headbutt.

Many expected a long suspension following the incident because of the previous history, being a headbutt and being after the game. We saw people predicting as high as 10 games so 1 must be a shock to many.

Is this a step in the wrong direction? Does how you make illegal contact to another players head deserve consideration when the mail area of target is still the head? And lastly, do you feel 1 suspension is enough for a player who is arguably a repeat offender and made this kind of contact following a game? Let us know in the comments!




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