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!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Barrie Colts trade Kyle Auger to Ottawa 67's. #OHL

5:46:00 PM

The Barrie Colts announced that they have sent Kyle Auger to the Ottawa 67's in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2017.

Auger saw a handful of games in Barrie this pre season after coming over from Windsor this past season where he played 28 games with the Spitfires. He recorded 1 goal and 2 assists with a +7.

We would like to wish Kyle the best of luck in Ottawa!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016




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