Saturday, December 3, 2016

Game Preview: Barrie Colts @ Sudbury Wolves. #OHL

11:33:00 AM

Tonight the Barrie Colts head to the Sudbury Community Arena to face the Sudbury Wolves for the fifth of eight meetings this regular season. The Wolves lead the season series 3-1 but the last game saw Barrie take a dominating 8-2 victory at Barrie Molson Centre. Colts had one of their best games of the season that night generating 45 shots on goal, going 3 for 5 with the man advantage and winning the majority of faceoffs. They also did a great job of keeping the Wolves off the board on all 4 man advantages. Zachary Magwood had an incredible night putting up 2 goals and 3 assists. Girodano Finoro also had a good game scoring a goal and getting two assists while going 11 for 17 in the faceoff circle. Lucas Chiodo also had a strong game putting up a goal and an assist as well. Christian Propp got the start for the Colts and made 33 saves on 35 shots faced. He was very solid for Barrie in that game.

Sudbury is coming off a 6-5 win last night over North Bay. Though they were out shot by a good margin and were trailing 3-1 after the first period, they did a solid job of playing catch up and pulling off a good character win against a team who has been playing well as of late. David Levin scored a pair of goals and got an assist while Dmitry Sokolov would earn 2 goals himself.  The Wolves have gotten 5 of 5 possible points over the last 3 games and will look to carry that into tonight's game against Barrie. They hope to get the win tonight. You know, so we don't bring out our "crying wolf' GIF again.

Barrie put up a solid effort against the Soo last night and ended up forcing overtime but they were unable to leave the game with 2 points. Barrie managed to go 1 for 5 on the PP and generated 35 shots on goal and won almost half the draws. Anthony Stefano got 2 assists and the second was an incredible set up on the late Magwood goal which forced Overtime. It would be Zachary Senyshyn who caused trouble for the Colts scoring all 4 goals for the Greyhounds. Justin Murray had a great night scoring a goal and adding an assist while Finoro struggled going -3 on the night and losing Senushyn along the boards which resulted in the OT winner. He has been so great that these things happen and there is no doubt he will bounce back. David Ovsjannikov got the start for the Colts and made 33 saves on 37 shots faced. He made some incredible saves.

Keys to Success: Colts need to play similar to how they did last time against the Wolves. Be sure to generate lots of shots and make them pay when you get man advantages. If they can do this and stay disciplined there is no reason they can't get the W today. I would also expect Christian Propp to get the start tonight with his success last meeting and Ovsjannikov started last night.

Players to Watch: I would expect Giordano Finoro to have a strong bounce back game after struggling in last nights game. He has 9 points already this season which has already beaten his total of 8 all of last season. I expect that he will come out strong and likely be more aggressive.

Puck drop is set for 7:00 tonight.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Game Preview: Barrie Colts @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. #OHL

12:47:00 PM
Tonight the Barrie Colts face the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the Essar Centre for the first of two meetings this regular season. Last season they split the season series one game a piece with both teams getting wins on the road. Barrie outscored the Hounds 6-2 over those games.

Happy 45th Birthday to the Hounds! How good does this team look? Obviously getting better with age, too! One of the hottest, if not the hottest team right now in the OHL. They are for sure over the last 10 games with a 9-1-0-0 record and are on a 8 game winning streak. Their last win was a 4-1 win over Windsor. Boris Katchouk was named first star of the game putting up a pair of goals. David Miller scored the game winner late in the 2nd period, while goalie Joseph Raaymakers would make 35 saves on 36 shots faced. The win was his 12th of the season which has him tied for 4th most in the league among goalies.

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Barrie is 21 but not looking so good.. Currently sitting in second last in the division and riding a 2 game losing streak. They have only won 2 games in the last 10 with one lose in the shootout. That is a total of 5 points of a possible 20. Yikes. This past week the team got a huge 6-5 win over Hamilton, lost 4-1 to London in a game that until late, was close. They really came out strong and had a solid night until a late collapse. And the 5-1 loss to Niagara on Saturday was a killer. The team only scored 1 goal on 10 power plays and it was Cordell James who got it. Over the last 2 games he has been the only Colts to register a goal. Barrie wasn't able to do anything in front of the goal and most shots generated came from the blue line. Murray and Brassard were responsible for 12 of the teams 34 shots. Really not a strong effort and 34 shots with 10 man advantages is really unacceptable. I would imagine Hawerchuk was putting together tough practices to prepare for this weekend.

Keys to Success: Don't take penalties. Soo is 20.6% with the man advantage this season and will make them pay. They went scoreless with the PP against Windsor and I would be shocked to see that happen again. Morgan Frost has 7 PP goals for the Hounds which is tied for 4th most in the league, while Bobby MacIntyre has the 3rd mos PP assists with 12. The Colts will need to stay out of the box and if they do find themselves in penalty trouble they will need to try and control those guys.

Players to Watch: Other than the 2 mentioned in the keys to success section, Colts captain Cordell James has been solid for the team and has been putting up some points. I would look for him to come out hard in an attempt to get the rest of the team going.

Puck drop is set for 7:07 at Esar Centre.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CWHL and Hometown Hockey in Barrie this weekend!

1:55:00 PM

Upset that the Barrie Colts are out of town this weekend playing the Greyhounds Friday and the Wolves on Saturday? Well you should know there is plenty of great hockey events happening here in Barrie this weekend and a part of it will include the Colts this Sunday but we will get to that shortly.

This weekend the Hometown Hockey crew has their people here in town! There will be a wide selection of hockey things to do over this weekend across Barrie. From a hockey circus show to legends like Darryl Sittler and Shayne Corson doing autograph signings. There will be trivia, live music and of course, a chance to get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup! The crew will be here to prepare us for Sundays game on CBC between the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. Pretty good matchup considering both teams have connections to the Barrie Colts. Roy Radke, born in Chicago is also a draft pick of the teams and I am sure you all know that Winnipeg is full of Colts. From Mark Scheifele to all time points leader for the Colts, Bryan Little and more!

Oh, and Dale Hawerchuk and many of the Colts will be back in town from Sudbury (hopefully with a pair of wins) in time to make an appearance for an autograph session on site at 6:30 on Sunday!

Here is the complete schedule of events this weekend!

And if that wasn't enough hockey for you, here is our personal favourite part of this weekend. The CWHL will be here in town for a game Sunday afternoon!

Come out Sunday, December 4th to the East Bayfield C.C to watch the Toronto Furies are set to take on the Brampton Thunder. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:30. Doors open at 12:30 and warmups are at 1:00. If you are BWHA player, friend or family you can get free admission if you bring a non-perishable food item or a toy donation.

So much to look forward to here in Barrie this weekend! What part are you most excited about? Let us know on social media or in the comments!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Barrie Colts Alumni with Cat Heads.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

3 Up's 3 Down's from The OHL- November 25th-November 27th.

4:39:00 PM

There were some pretty interesting things that happened this weekend in the OHL. This will be my first installment of 3 up's, 3 Down's from the OHL which I will try my hardest to do once a week!

Up- This is a Barrie Colts oriented site, so I will start with them. The Colts didn't have a pretty weekend. But all it took was one win to make sure they are not sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference. A 6-5 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs made sure of that. This was also Kade Landry's 2nd career multi point game as he finished with 3.

Up- Jeremy Bracco of the Kitchener Rangers is one of the elite forwards in the Ontario Hockey League. Most of us knew this coming into the season. Right now Jeremy Bracco is currently riding a 22 game point streak. During that time, the Toronto Maple Leafs 2nd rounder (Who still currently remains unsigned) has 16 goals and 29 assists. Jeremy could potentially be a big get on the trade market this year if Kitchener decides to sell. If Jeremy fails to make the USA World Junior Team, he could hit 100+ points this season.

Up- The Niagara Ice Dogs were pegged by a lot of people, myself included that they would finish this season in dead last of the Ontario Hockey League. Well early on, the ice dogs have easily been one of the hardest working teams in the OHL. The young squad is 5-3-1-1 in their last 10 games and have been averaging just about 3.5 goals per game which all things considered is pretty good. Leading the way for the Ice Dogs are vets Ryan Mantha and Johnny Corneil with sophomore forward Ben Jones and Rookie Oliver Castleman not far behind them in the points department.

Down- The Mississauga Steelheads entered the 2016-2017 season as favorites to win the East. I thought that they'd be better than and still do believe they are better this, but I laughed when so called experts had that team finishing 1st and competing for a Memorial Cup. When I look at teams who have won the East in the past, those rosters had twice the amount of depth the Steelheads currently have. With Saginaw beating Guelph on Sunday, the Mississauga Steelheads currently sit in last in the OHL. Some people say they will compete if they can make 2 more moves for all stars. Star power is not the problem in Mississauga. DEPTH, DEPTH, DEPTH. Mississauga needs to fire James Boyd if they ever want a chance. Running with a lame duck GM who has been known to draft kids who live locally so that comfy owner doesn't have to pay billets is a joke. Something's got to change.

Down- The Sudbury Wolves looked like they finally turned the page on those dark days (The Mark Burgess Era). They may have. Last year, the Wolves won 16 games, this season they already have 11. But over the weekend and the course of about 2 weeks, the Wolves have earned 23 games of suspensions, not including the suspension Chandler Yakimowicz earned which has yet to be determined by the league. Lack of discipline is never a good thing. Especially for a team looking to get out of the bunker, a team that has been a punchline in a joke for years. I like what Sudbury has done and in their defense, at least they are starting to show emotion. Those last 2 seasons where dark in Sudbury. But their is a fine line and 4 times in the last 12 days or so they have crossed that.

Down- If you haven't heard what is going on with the Peterborough Petes, their will be a link posted below that you can check out. I will  say this, the OHL needs the Peterborough Petes, The City Of Peterborough needs the Petes and the Petes need both Peterborough and the OHL. What i'm saying is, at the end of the day, everyone loses if the Petes falter. Now as much as the money the City is taking is a problem, it is also the same reason the Steelheads are never competitive, the consistent lame duck managing from the GM. The East is almost always weaker than the West. Hell, if i'm being serious the Barrie Colts are likely 3 moves away from a 5th place finish in the East. Peterborough has always had the assets and foundation to make a run and have failed to do that. There is really no excuse.


Thanks for checking out this week's 3  up, 3 down article. I also want to thank every for the warm welcome to this awesome blog. I will  look to add more Barrie Colts news to the article but for now this is what I've got! Have a safe and happy week!

Sebastian Jackson
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Game Preview: Niagara IceDogs @ Barrie Colts. #OHL

11:21:00 AM

Tonight the Barrie Colts host the Niagara Icedogs for the third of six meetings this regular season. The season series so far has been split a game a piece with Barrie coming out on top in the first game and Niagara in the last. Niagara won 5-1 at home over the Colts. Despite what looks like a dominant win for the Dogs, Barrie put up a pretty strong effort. They out shot the Dogs 42-29 and won the majority of faceoffs and killed off all 4 penalties. Main area the Colts couldn't capitalize was (sit down because you may get some flashbacks of last night.. And other nights..)the power play. Barrie only managed to score one goal on 7 advantages. Jason Willms scored the lone PP goal for the Colts late in the 3rd period. Kyle Langdon had a good night for Niagara scoring a pair of goals on the night. Christian Propp got the start for Barrie and made 24 saves. The first meeting was a 5-4 shootout win for the Colts. Stefano got the only goal in the shootout for the Colts. Also, Colts only had 2 chances on the man advantage. Is it possible the Colts are better with limited power plays? That HAS to be crazy, RIGHT?! We will look at that another day.

Niagara comes into tonight's game off of a 3-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves. Sudbury got on the board first early in the 2nd period on a Ryan Valentini goal but a little over 10 minutes after, the Dogs would tie the game on a Ryan Mantha goal. Johnny Corneil would get the game winner for the Dogs early in the 3rd period and Kyle Langdon put up an insurance goal. IceDogs out shot the Wolves 40-32. And in an attempt to cheer up Colts fans, Niagara went 0 for 10 on the power play. That is really bad. Niagara comes into tonight's game in 2nd place in the Central Division and they are riding a 4-3-2-1 record over their last 10 games.

Barrie enters tonight's game after playing the last 2 nights on the road. No doubt that should be an advantage for the Icedogs but don't count out the Colts. Though, they lost 4-1 last night in
London, they really didn't have a bad game. They out shot London 30-26 and killed off all 3 penalties. Christian Propp was outstanding and made some outstanding saves. The team did a great job controlling the puck in the offensive zone and really skated well. Cordell James logged the only goal for Barrie. Only area the Colts really had trouble was the power play, going 0 for 6. They would be dominating the game and would end up getting a call in their favour and then seemed to fall apart with the man advantage. Colts won the previous night in Hamilton however the struggling team needs to get more wins. They are not so far out of the playoff picture and a few wins could help them climb in their division. Colts are 2-8-0-0 over their last 10 games.

Nizhkinov was out last game after suffering an injury the previous night in Hamilton. It was suggested Radke could return this weekend but there was no update yet. If we hear anything, we will post it. Also, no word on the status of defenseman Cam Lizotte.

Keys to Success: This might sound crazy but maybe don't let Niagara take penalties? Ideally, an improved power play would make more sense, but the Colts have really struggled with the man advantage. It was a little hard to watch the Colts play so well against London and then draw an advantage only to fall apart. Barrie has a 17.4% success rate with the man advantage. If it helps you feel better though, Icedogs have a 12% success rate.

Players to Watch: Cordell James scored his 100th point on Thursday, got the lone goal for the Colts last night and managed to get 6 shots on goal. Him and Stefano were excellent and really had the Knights chasing them in their zone. I would look for the captain to have a great showing tonight.

Expect David Ovsjannikov to get the start for the Colts tonight. Propp started last night and played in both games against Niagara this season.

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




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