Friday, January 20, 2017

Game Preview: Barrie Colts @ Hamilton Bulldogs. #OHL

7:30:00 AM

Tonight, the Barrie Colts take on the Hamilton Bulldogs at the FirstOntario Centre for the second of four meetings this regular season.

Colts VS Bulldogs this season.

November, 24th of 2016 was the first and only other meeting between these teams this season. We think that it is fairly safe to say that the Colts were not very gracious guests. Especially ion the 1st period.

The game started with Niki Petti getting the first shot of the game but after that, the next 10 minutes would be all Ponies. The Colts got the next six shots and the sixth one would get them on the board. Jason Willms scored to give the Colts a 1-0 lead. 45 seconds later, Lucas Chiodo got a shot and he scored giving the Colts a 2-0 lead. A few minutes later, Anthony Stefano would score to put the Colts up 3-0.

It is worth noting that Hamilton still hadn’t generated a second shot on goal, and the Dogs pulled Ceci and replaced their goal with Kaden Fulcher.

Shortly after the goalie change for Hamilton, they took a major boarding penalty.  Marian Studenic got the 5-minute penalty and a game misconduct. Barrie would score 3 quick power play goals. Matt Brassard and Ben Hawerchuk scored the first two, while Justin Murray would follow up with his first goal of the season. Colts would go up 6-0.

Not long later, Michael Cramarossa would score a short-handed goal to cut into the Colts lead. Barrie was still up 6-1.

Barrie left the 1st period with a 6-1 lead. They scored 3 goals on the power play while out-shooting Hamilton 20-5.

2nd period with Hamilton making a goalie change. The next two periods were all Bulldogs. Trent Fox, Matthew Strome and Adam Laishram would score in the 2nd to shorten the Colts lead to 6-4. Barrie generated some chances but Hamilton had the edge. Bulldogs out-shot the Colts 12-10 in the period.

3rd period was another period the Bulldogs applied good pressure. Michael Cramarossa would score quickly to make it only 6-5 for Barrie. The goal was his second of the night.

Hamilton would generate 9 more shots over the period but David Ovsjannikov was able to stop them all to give the Colts the 6-5 win.

Kade Landry had a great night for the Ponies getting 3 assists. David Ovsjannikov finished the night with 23 saves. The team went 3 for 9 on the power play and killed off their only penalty.

Buldogs fall to 67’s.

Hamilton has been good recently. They have won a couple games over the Oshawa Generals and have won 6 of their last 10 games. They currently sit in 3rd place in the East Division, though it is worth mentioning that they are tied with the Kingston Frontenacs. Both teams have the same total games played.

Despite recent success, Hamilton was unable to beat the 67’s last night. Early in the 2nd period, they had a 2-1 lead. Luke Kutkevicius would score first giving him his 5th goal of the season. Ottawa would tie the game but early in the 2nd period Brandon Saigeon would score his 8th of the season to give the Dogs the 2-1 lead.

That would be it for Bulldogs production. Ottawa scored a couple more goals in the period to give them the lead and another in the 3rd for good measure to give them the 5-2 win.

Hamilton managed to get 26 shots on goal but not being able to score on 4 power plays was a factor. An area the team would look to improve after this game is in the face-off circle. The team only won 14 draws in the game. Patrick White of the 67’s won 9 on his own.

Not a bad team game but this was not a game they would have wanted to lose. I would look for them to come into Barrie looking to get back into the win’s category desperately, and tie the season series.

Ponies drop Spirit in OT.

Barrie is coming off a hard fought 5-4 overtime win last night over the Saginaw Spirit. Hayden Hodgson scored first for the Spirit to give them a 1-0 lead but Barrie would strike back with 3 goals in the period. Magwood scored his 10th of the season to tie the game and BIG Curtis Douglas would get his first career OHL goal less than a minute later to put the good guys up 2-1. Before the period would end Ben Hawerchuk would score to give the Colts the 3-1 lead.

Brady Gilmour would cut into the Colts lead early in the 2nd on the man advantage making it 3-2. The Spirit came out hard, at one point putting up 9 shots in about 2 minutes. David Ovsjannikov made some big saves. The 2nd period would end with the Colts holding on to a 3-2 lead. Saginaw had the edge in shots 22-16 through two periods.

Madwood scored his second goal of the night 3:21 into the period to give the Colts a two goal lead again. The rest of the period was all Spirit and they would end up tying the game up late 4-4 on Hayden Hodgson’s 2nd goal of the night. We would need OT.

OT only lasted 1:28 when Ben Hawerchuk scored his 2nd of the night to give the Colts the 5-4 win. The goal was his 7th on the season.

Ovsjannikov made 27 saves on the night. Barrie was unable to score on 3 man advantages and allowed 1 goal on 4 penalty kills. Barrie was out-shot 31-24.

Final Thoughts.

Barrie has earned points in their last 2 games will look to extend that to 3 games. They will face a team who will come into tonight thinking they are the better team and hungry for a win following a loss. Barrie will need to be strong on the man advantage when they get chances. Nizhnikov and Radke looked good at times and I would look for them to generate more chemistry together.  I would guess Christian Propp will get the start, which means anybody else will.

puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 tonight. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Game Preview: Saginaw Spirit @ Barrie Colts. #OHL

7:47:00 AM

Tonight the Saginaw Spirit head north of the boarder to face the Barrie Colts at the Barrie Molson Centre for the second and final meeting of the season. You know, unless both teams make the finals... (pause for applause)

Robert Proner will face his former for the first time since being acquired by Barrie at the OHL trade deadline.

Colts VS. Spirit this season. 

The first and only other meeting between these teams this season took place back on November, 5th of last year. The Spirit hosted Barrie at the Dow Event Center (centre) and the team was not a very cordial host, beating the Ponies 4-2.

Barrie was dominated in the 1st period but luckily for them it didn’t translate on the score-sheet for them as badly as it could have. Saginaw took an early penalty but Barrie couldn’t generate a shot on it. Looking frustrated, Kyle Heitzner would take a slashing penalty which would be costly for Barrie. Saginaw only generated 3 quick shots before Mitchell Stephens would score with the man advantage to give the Spirit a 1-0 lead 5 minutes into the game. Barrie responded with some chances but a Kirill Nizhnikov slashing call would kill the momentum over the end of the period. Barrie was out-shot 17-7 through the period forcing Colts goaltender Christian Propp to stand on his head making 16 saves.

In the 2nd period, Barrie showed a little more life. After taking a couple early penalties they seemed to get their game a little more on track managing to generate 12 shots on goal through the period. Saginaw still had the edge getting 16 shots on goal but Christian Propp continued to be incredible for the Ponies. Markus Niemelainen of the Spirit took a closing the hand on the puck penalty with 30 seconds left in the period, giving Barrie the man advantage. After the 2nd Saginaw held the 1-0 lead.

3rd period was consistent to the first two but the Colts would find a way to finally make it on the score sheet when Aiden Brown scored his first goal of the season. Anthony Stefano and Lucas Chiodo both earned assists on the goal. It would not take long for the Spirit to strike back to give the Spirit a 2-1 lead on a Matthew Kreis goal. The goal was the former Barrie Colts first of the season. Saginaw kept pressing and less than 3 minutes later, Tye Felhaber scored to increase the Saginaw lead to 3-1.

Image result for CJ Garcia a very barrie colts blogBack and forth chances after this but the Colts Lucas Chiodo would score a goal to cut into the Spirit lead 3-2. The Colts managed to hold on to momentum generating pucks on goal but an Adrian Carbonara penalty would ultimately slow down the late momentum. Hayden Hodgson would score a late empty net goal to give the Spirit the 4-2 lead, and that would be enough.

Barrie was out-shot 50-31. Christian Propp was outstanding making 46 saves on the night.

This was a night of former Colts making Barrie pay. C.J. Garcia was named the games first star, generating 3 shots on goal, while Matt Kreis scored a goal, earned an assist and finished the night with a +2.

Windsor crushes Saginaw’s spirit.

Saginaw comes into tonight’s game in last place in the West Division, 2nd last in the Western Conference, but still ahead of the Colts. The team is currently in a 4-game losing slump and has only managed to win a pair of games over their last 10 played.

Saginaw’s last loss came at the hands of the Windsor Spitfires who dominated the Spirit in a 5-1 win. The Spits came out strong and put up 2 goals in the 1st period. The scored early in the 2nd to give Windsor the 3-0 lead. Spirit, Hayden Hodgson would score late in the period to cut into the lead. The goal was his 22nd of the season.

That would be it for the Spirit having any hopes of winning this game. Windsor added two more goals to complete the 5-1 win.

Brendan Bonello got the start for Saginaw. Despite the loss, he had a solid showing making 36 saves on 41 shots faced. The loss was his 8th loss this season.

Battalion win battle with Colts.

Barrie has also lost their last 4 games straight but the last one came after a hard-fought battle with North Bay which required OT to settle.

First period didn’t really display a lot of actual hockey but was aggressive. North Bay outshot Barrie 7-4, but as mentioned the 1st period was more physical than skilled. Riley Bruce was taking penalties most the period it seemed. At a point, Aiden Brown took a penalty that I still don’t understand, but was called roughing on the ice. The play would result in Curtis Douglas squaring off against Riley Bruce. If you are a wrestling fan, you may have noticed that the fight kind of resembled the old Undertaker vs Giant Gonzalez at Wrestlemania 9. Douglas showed some edge and dropped some heavy bombs but Bruce would ultimately win the fight. The 1st period ended tied 0-0. Not scoreless, the score was 0-0.

2nd period saw the Colts strike first hen Aiden Brown scored his 3rd of the season with Jaden Peca getting an assist. A little more than 10 minutes later the team would increase their lead to a 2-goal lead following Lucas Chiodo’s 16th goal of the season. Zach Magwood and Joey Keane both had helpers.

It would not take long for North Bay to cut into the Colts lead when Jacob Ball scored a couple minutes later to make it a 2-1 Barrie lead. That would be the score to end the 2nd period with North Bay out-shooting Barrie 12-10 in the period.

The 3rd period saw North Bay tie things up early on Steve Harland’s 20th goal of the season to tie things at 2-2. Barrie would get some chances but couldn’t get the lead back and the game would require OT.

Jaden Peca generated the Colts only shot in OT and North Bay would get 6, and that was all they would need when Adam McMaster scored to give North Bay the 3-2 win.

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

Though the team was unable to score on 3 man advantages, they managed to prevent the Battalion from scoring on 6 power plays.

Final Thoughts.

This is a game Barrie could win. Saginaw hasn’t been strong this year but their best play has been at home. Their road record has been bad going 4-12-2-2 this season. Barrie is not much better only winning 1 more game so let’s not get on our high horses here. If Barrie can play disciplined and find success on special teams they should be able to get the win tonight. This is their first game of another 3 in 3. With the Colts rotating goalies the way they have, it is anyone’s guess who would get the start tonight but I would look to see Badenhorst get the start, though, I would roll with Propp. Both teams are on 4 game losing streaks and no doubt that both think tonight could be their best chance at ending it. For a couple struggling teams, this could be a fun game. 

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 at BMC.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Colts Alumni in the NHL Update by @evil_shero.

12:11:00 PM
Colts Alumni in the NHL Update by: Paul Clemente

Alex Pietrangelo - St. Louis Blues:

Last 2 Weeks: 0/3/3p
Season: 7/14/21p

St. Louis has gone 5-5 in the passed 10 and the Blues are shuffling their defensive corps. The moved Alex to the left side for the first time in his career to further help the team string together some wins. Pietrangelo leads the Blues with takeaways and shots per game in this two week stretch.

Aaron Ekblad - Florida Panthers:

Last 2 Weeks: 0/3/3p
Season: 7/6/13p

The Panthers are falling fast. 5-4-1 in their last 10. Ekblad is coming under fire with only having 3 points in his last 14 games with no goals. He came into the this season with a career +30 and is now -16 in his young stint in the NHL.  Ekblad is on pace for 26 points this season which would be a massive step down from his 39 points in his rookie campaign.

T.J. Brodie - Calgary Flames:

Last 2 Weeks: 0/2/2p
Season: 3/13/16p

Brodie is in a three-way tie for the third worst plus/minus in the league at minus-16. I know +/- is not the best stat to measure a player's performance but when you're the lowest in the NHL ... woof. The Flames are holding on to a whisper of an NHL playoff season with the benefit of a weak division and Brodie is the scape-goat. The Flames are the most short-handed team in the NHL which doesn't help any defenseman with their game. However, he is one player I'd love for the Penguins to trade for when they inevitably have to move Flower.

Dan Girardi - New York Rangers:

Last 2 Weeks: 0/1/1p
Season: 3/5/8p

The major news with Girardi is that he's being shopped. His 5.5m cap hit for 3 more years in considered a "must move" contract. His ice time is down recently to around 19m a game and most consider him gone by trade deadline. Girardi is a stay-at-home player who blocks shots and hits. He leads the Rangers in hits these passed two weeks but other defensive stats have declined to 4-5th level on the team.

Dalton Prout - Columbus Blue Jackets:

Last 2 Weeks: 0/0/0p
Season: 0/0/0p

Since coming back from injury, it's been tough for Prout to crack the line-up of the Cinderella-story Blue Jackets. He has been a healthy scratch for the passed 3 games. He did play against the Hurricanes on 1/10 earning 2 hits and a blocked shot.

Mark Scheifele - Winnipeg Jets:

Last 2 Weeks: 4/3/7p
Season: 20/22/42p

Scheifele is on a hot streak scoring 4 goals in the passed two weeks. He is also shooting at a 33% pace which is crazy. Currently 11th in the entire NHL in scoring, there aren't too many players on his level right now. He leads the Jets in most scoring shooting stats and is leading the team in points.

Tanner Pearson - LA Kings:

Last 2 Weeks: 3/1/4p
Season: 13/10/13p

Pearson is back on track with 3 goals in the last two weeks. He's had 5 points in his last 5 games. With the injury to Toffoli the Kings really needed his offense and he's delivered. He also has a point in the last 7 of 9 including 2 game winners.

Bryan Little - Winnipeg Jets:

Last 2 Weeks: 1/4/5p
Season: 7/10/17p

Little has 16 points in his last 21 games coming back from injury. Since the absence of Laine who was concussed by the Sabre's McCabe, Little and Scheifele have been the few bright spots on the struggling Jets team who has only won 3 of its last 10.

Ryan Strome - NY Islanders:

Last 2 Weeks: 0/1/1p
Season: 6/8/14p

With the Islander's shake up firing long-time coach Capuano, Strome is looking to revive his young career with the Islanders. With only 1 assist in 2017 he's been demoted to the 4th line, in a move that he claims helped him simplify his game. With Weight behind the bench he can only hope he can earn a better spot on the team.

Kyle Clifford - LA Kings:

Last 2 Weeks: 1/0/0p
Season: 3/4/6p

Clifford netted a goal and 15 PIM by fighting Luke Witkowski from the Lightning. Clifford is doing his job by being 4th in the league in fighting majors and 78 hits this season.

Andreas Athanasiou - Detroit Red Wings:

Last 2 Weeks: 4/3/7p
Season: 9/5/14p

Andreas was one of the most productive players on the ice recently going on a 7 point tear. He's now at 14 points in 27 games and riding a 3 game goal-scoring streak in which he's earned 7 points. He is also running a 2.12 points per 60 which puts him in Crosby/McDavid range of potential. Take that how you want.

Alexander Burmistrov - Arizona Coyotes

Last 2 Weeks: 0/1/1p
Season: 0/3/3p

Burmistrov was claimed by the Coyotes after being placed on waivers by the Jets. He has struggled getting a work visa for over a week and has earned an assist Monday in his Coyotes debut against the Oilers. It's all up to Alex and how hard he wants to work. He can be in the KHL by this spring of revive his career in the desert.

Kevin Labanc - San Jose Sharks:

Last 2 Weeks: 0/1/1p
Season: 7/5/12p

Labanc has cooled off a little for the Sharks predictably. He's still on the Shark's second line with Logan Couture and the recently rejuvenated Mikkel Boedker. He's also earning time on the Shark's 22nd ranked Power Play. Labanc has surprised alot of people in his unexpected NHL debut season.
Micheal Sgarbossa- Florida Panthers:

Last 2 Weeks: 0/0/0p
Season: 0/2/2p

Sgarbossa was recalled by the Panthers on 12/29. Putting in 13 points in 14 games for the AHL Falcons he's earned his call up. Earning bottom pair minutes he will need to do whatever he can to stay on the Panther's squad. When Barkov, Bjugstad, and Huberdeau get healthy he might get shipped back the Springfield.

Micheal Hutchinson - Winnipeg Jets:

Season: 4-10-3 .894%SV 3.23 GAA

Hutchinson has lost his last 4 decisions on a poorly performing Jet's team. The Jets are a team that is slipping downward to the NHL basement and being a back up on a team like that will not do you any favours.

Former Barrie Colts D Jake Dotchin recalled by Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Yesterday it was announced by Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman that the team had recalled former Barrie Colts defenceman Jake Dotchin from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
The Cambridge, Ontario native has appeared in 33 games this season with the Crunch where he has put up 3 goals and 9 assists. His 77 penalty minutes are the most on the team.

He has shown some growth since last season where he only posted a goal and 10 assists. In just under half the game appearances compared to last years full season, this year he already has posted more points. Or, more point.. One more point. That is a huge increase in production and has obviously earned him the attention of Tampa management. He has not played a game yet with the Bolts but maybe will get a look this time up.

Over a season and a half with Barrie, Jake played in 91 regular season games. In that time, he scored 13 goals and got 31 assists for a total of 44 points. Before coming to Barrie, he played for more than a season with the Owen Sound Attack. Over his OHL career he played in 193 regular season games, putting up 18 goals, 59 assist, 77 points and 279 penalty minutes.

We would like to wish Jake the best of luck and hope he sees some time with the Lightning!

The New Guys. #OHL #Colts

7:30:00 AM
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During the OHL trade deadline, the Colts picked up Jason Smith from the Mississauga Steelheads and Robert Proner from the Saginaw Spirit. It will be hard to fill the void left by Cameron Lizotte, Cordell James and Matt Brassard but the young ponies are stocking the shelves for the future and intend to finish the season strong.

Let's dig in a little and get to know the new guys:

Jason Smith: (C) 19 years old, 5' 8" 165lbs (76kg), Left Shot

Jason was drafted by the Steelheads in 2013 in the 8th round (144th overall) and played there for two full seasons before being traded to the Colts. 

During his time in Mississauga, he only put in 11 goals in 145 games.

To be honest, I looked all over the place and Jason remains a mystery. He's dropped the gloves 6 times in the OHL over his career, including Colt's Hawerchuk.

Robert Proner: (D) 17 years old, 6' 2" 212lbs (96kg), Left Shot

Proner was a 30th selection in the OHL 2015 draft. He's a massive human for only being 17. He was promoted in the spring of 2016 to play for the Spirit after putting in 29 points in 47 games and amassing an astonishing 153 PIMs.

Proner is a hard worker who can and will use his size to gain possession deep in his own zone. His shot is hard but lacks some accuracy which will surely come from time.

The Colts - although rebuilding- have added two tough bodies who will hopefully open up some ice and contribute to the PK regularly.

The OHL scouting report says:
“Robert is a big, tough and versatile defender that is very hard to play against. He has very good mobility for someone his size and closes gaps well to take away time and space with his mobility and active stick. He has a very heavy shot from the point that he gets on the net with regularity. Defensively, he is one of the hardest players in the age group to play against. He hits like a truck in the corners, never turning away from contact. He has good puck skills for a player of his size and makes a solid first pass.”

Monday, January 16, 2017

Life after Barrie: Cordell James' first 3 games with Owen Sound Attack. #OHL

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In 2012, the Barrie Colts selected Cordell James 92nd overall in the 5th round at the OHL draft.

In the 2013-14 season, James made his season debut in the OHL with the Barrie Colts.

On September, 23rd, 2016 the Barrie Colts named him the 18th captain in team history replacing former captain Mike Webster who was signed by the WBS Penguins following his OA season with the Colts.

On January 9th, 2017, he was traded to the Owen Sound Attack who were riding a 10-game winning streak. In return the Colts got a 4th round pick in 2018.

Since then he has appeared in 3 games as a member of the Attack and things seem to be going great for him. Over those games he has helped the team extend their winning streak to 13 games which is a franchise record. Named the first star of the game in one of those games, he has also scored 3 goals and earned a pair of assists to total 5 points. It took him 14 games to reach that total over the end of his time in Barrie. He has been a nice fit in Owen Sound. Another area he has shown to be helpful for the team is in the face-of circle. Over his first 3 games he has taken 59 face-offs and won 39 of them.

Over 36 games this year in Barrie, he put up 13 goals, 12 assists for a total of 25 points. He has 5 over 3 games with the Attack. At this pace, he could equal his production with the Colts this year over 25 games. Now, nobody expects him to average 1.66 a points for the remainder of the season but there is no doubt that as the Attack continue to climb in the standings that he will be a huge part of he team and his point total will only benefit.

As tough as it was to see him go, Colts fans have to be happy to see the early success and we wish him continued success over the remainder of the season and moving forward!




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