Game Recap: Barrie Colts win 7-5 over Erie Otters. #OHL

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Last night the Barrie Colts hosted the Erie Otters for the first of two meetings this regular season. Leo Lazarev got the start in net for the Ponies.

1st Period:
Both teams came out strong  generating chances but it would be Zachary Magwood who would score first at the 7:35 mark to put the Colts up 1-0. The goal would be his 5th on the season and both Jason Willms and Kade Landry would get assists.

The Otters would come back with some good chances but Leo Lazarev was able to make some big saves. 18:11 into the frame, Curtis Douglas would score his 4th of the season to give the Colts the 2-0 lead. Zachary Magwood and Kade Landry both added asssits.

The period ended with the Colts up 2-0. Barrie out-shot Erie 10 – 9.

2nd Period:
1:09 into the 2nd period, Andrei Svecnikov would score his 9th of the year. Alexey Lipanov and Lucas Chiodo both got assists.

Both teams would go back and forth with chances and penalties but it would be Andrei Svechnikov who would score his second on the night and league leading 10th goal of the season. The Colts would take a 4-0 lead. Lipanov and Chiodo both with assists.

Erie would strike back finally a little more than a minute later on an Owen Headrick goal on the power play. Colts lead 4-1.

Erie would score 2 late goals to cut the Colts lead to 4-3. Stephane Patry and Cade Robinson both scored their first goals of the season.

Erie had a great bounce back period out-shooting Barrie 18-12 in the period.

3rd Period:
Lucas Chiodo would score 9 seconds into the period to put the Colts up 5-3. The goal was his 4th on the year. Jason Willms got an assist.

Both teams would go on to exchange goals back and forth. Kyle Heitzner would get his first of the year which would end up being the game winner. Andrei Svechnikov mad an incredible play to set up the goal. Alexey Lipanov would score an empty net goal late to give Barrie the 7-5 win over Erie.

Erie out-shot Barrie 12-9 in the period and 39-31 in the game.


While we share useless stats, who had the better +/-, Erie?

Thoughts:
Colts allowed 2 goals on 7 penalty kills while scoring 1 goal on just 2-man advantages. Barrie has been great at killing penalties this season as they still lead the OHL in penalty minutes. Leo Lazarev was good most of the night making 34 saves on 39 shots. Lazarev has been great in goal but Barrie would really do him a favour in limiting opposing teams power play chances. The team needs to keep the intensity they have played with, however, they need to do it in a way that doesn’t have them constantly killing penalties.

Notes:
  • After last night, Andrei Svechnikov now leads the league in goals (10) and points (14).
  • Alexey Lipanov is tied with Sean Durzi (OS) for most assists with 10.
  • Colds did a decent job at faceoffs winning 31 of 57. Willms lead the way winning 11 of 19.
  • The Colts win has them in 1st place in the Eastern Conference and tied for 1st in the league with the Soo Greyhounds. 

The Colts next game is Saturday at BMC when they host the North Bay Battalion. The game is set to start at 7:30. There are rumours that our own Ryan Noble will be on BIG 101 to talk Colts during intermission. Follow him on Twitter to find out more leading up to puck drop.

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