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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Barrie Colts Week 5 Recap. #OHL


The Barrie Colts are coming out of week 5 of the OHL season with a 7-5-1-0 record which has them in 3rd place in the Central Division.

Barrie toured through the West Division this week, posting a loss VS Windsor and wins against Saginaw and Flint. Here is a look at how those games played out, as well as some additional notes on the team. 

Game 11 VS Windsor Spitfires.
Barrie kicked off their weeks schedule VS the Windsor Spitfires at the WFCU Centre. 

Colts starting goalie: Jet Greaves

The first period was pretty evenly matched outside the Colts taking a couple penalties. Jet Greaves was able to keep the team in the game following a long stretch of Spitfire chances. At the 14:25 mark of the period, Luke Bignell scored to put the Ponies up 1-0. The goal was Luke's 2nd of the season with Riley Piercey and Aidan Brown adding assists. 

Windsor would get back in the game early in the 2nd period when Luke Kutkevicius scored to tie the game 1-1. Barrie would respond a little more than 5 minutes later on a Ben Hawerchuk goal that put the Colts back in front 2-1. The goal was Ben's 6th of the season and Matej Pekar earned an assist. 

The Colts would continue to pressure Windsor and less than two minutes later, Luke Bignell scored his 2nd of the night to put Barrie up 3-1. Piercey and Brown both got assists again. At 11:35, Windsor would get on the board again to cut into the Colts lead, 3-2. That is how the period would end. 

Aidan Brown took a Interference penalty early in the 3rd period and Windsor made the Colts pay. Connor Corcoran scored with the man advantage to tie the game 3-3 with the man advantage. 

Windsor didn't get another shot on Greaves for a little more than 5 minutes, but made the next one count when Chris Playfair scored his 1st of the season to put Windsor up 4-3.

The game ended with a bunch of craziness and Joey Keane fighting which resulted in him being suspended for the next 2 games. 

Colts lose 4-3. 

NOTES:
  • Ryan Suzuki did not play after being injured in the previous week. 
  • Jason Willms continues to be the Colts best player at draws, going 12 for 19. 
  • Jet Greaves made 25 saves. 
  • Luke Bignell was named the games 2nd star. (2 goals)

Game 12 VS Saginaw Spirit.
Barrie was in Saginaw the following night to play the Spirit. 

Colts starting goalie: Maksim Zhukov

The team exchanged chances for the first half of the opening period. Saginaw got on the board first on a Cole Coskey goal at the 11:20 mark to put the Spirit up 1-0. A little more than 2 minutes later, Sam Rhodes scored his 4th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Jason Willms and Justin Murray both earned assists. 

DJ Busdeker scored later in the period to put Saginaw back in front 2-1, which is how the 1st period would end. 

38 seconds into the 2nd, Brady Gilmour scored to increase the Spits lead to 3-1. 

Saginaw out-shot Barrie 14-7 through the period but Justin Murray made the final shot of the fram count with a big goal to bring the Colts within one goal. The goal was on the power-play and was the captain's 4th of the season. Ben Hawerchuk and Tyler Tucker both got assists. The period ended with Saginaw up 3-2. 

The Colts would come out and dominate the 3rd period, putting up 5 unanswered goals which would result in the Colts winning 7-3. Hawerchuk (7), Chiodo (8), Pekar (7), Murray (5) and Willms (2) all scored. 

Colts win 7-3.

NOTES:
  • 5 Colts had 3 point nights. Chiodo (1G,2A), Murray (2G,1A), Pekar (1G,2A), Hawerchuk (1G,2A) and Willms (1G,2A).
  • Zhukov made 33 saves.
  • Colts were out-shot 36 to 27.
  • Colts killed off 3 penalties and scored on their only power-play.

Game 13 VS Flint Firebirds.
Barrie finished off the weekend on Sunday in flint VS the 0-10 Flint Firebirds. Could game 13 be an unlucky number for the Colts playing a desperate team? 

Nope.. Colts were fine. 

Colts starting goalie: Maksim Zhukov.

Ryan Suzuki was back in the lineup.

Victor Hadfield took a tripping call in the 1st and Flint took advantage with a Kyle Harris goal. Flint was up 1-0 until Ben Hawerchuk scored his 8th of the season to tie the game 1-1. That is how the 1st would end. 

Again, the Colts would allow an early period goal when Jake Duram scored just before the opening minute ended to put Flint back up a goal. 2-1 for the Birds. 

Barrie didn't wait long to tie the game. Jaden Peca scored his 2nd of the season less than a minute later to tie the game 2-2. 

11:08 in the 2nd, Ty Dellandrea scored his 3rd of the year. Flint lead 3-2 to end the 2nd. 

Colts came out strong again in the 3rd period, outscoring Flint 4-1 in the period to get the 6-4 win. 

Hawerchuk scored his 9th of the season 16 seconds into the period. Other goal scorers were Ryan Suzuki (5), Jaden Peca (3) and Nathan Allensen with his first goal of the season. 

Colts win 6-4.

NOTES:
  • Ryan Suzuki and Nathan Allensen both scored a goal and 2 assists each. 
  • Ben Hawerchuk had his second 2 goal game of the season, and 4th game with 2 or more points.
  • Barrie out-shot Flint 39 to 27.
  • Zhukov made 23 saves.
  • Barrie went 1 for 2 on the power-play and 1 for 3 on the penalty-kill.

Observations through week 5.
Colts are starting to heat up, and getting support from depth players is a huge reason for it. With guys like Peca, Rhodes, Willms producing, it is taking some pressure off the teams point leaders to produce. 

Ben Hawerchuk has been a monster. His 9 goals are the most on the team. He is 3 away from his total last season and and 6 away from his career high in 2016-17. Though, the team is struggling (SHOCKING) with staying out of the box, Ben has done a good job of playing a disciplined game. 

Discipline. Not a new issue for the Colts. The team leads the OHL in penalty minutes with 193. Peterborough has the 2nd most with 160. Barrie also leads the league in fights with 8 already this season. Oshawa, Sarnia and Mississauga are tied for 2nd most with 6 each. The team is in 7th for penalty killing, with a 85.5%. Just over 20% of the teams allowed goals have come short handed. If the team can find a way to stay out of the box, it would be a huge help. They have 4 short handed goals which is the 2nd most in the league.

Joey Keane and Tyler Tucker have 26 PIM each. They make up for about a quarter of the teams overall penalty minutes. 

Justin Murray has been playing very well lately. The captain has 5 goals and 7 assists through 12 games played. He is 1 goal away from matching his career high of 6 last season, and almost half-way to his total point production last year. 

Even though he missed 2 games, Ryan Suzuki still leads the team in points with 21. (5G,16A).

Zachary Magwood, who is with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals was sent down to the ECHL with the Atlanta Gladiators. Today, they called him back up. Interesting use of a player they are trying to develop. Luckily for Barrie, the OA players are all doing well. It will be interesting to see what Milwaukee does with Magwood moving forward, but right now they don't seem to have a solid plan. 

Colts Week 6 schedule:
The Colts have 2 games this week. 

Thursday, October 25th @ North Bay Battalion. 7:00pm

Saturday, October 27th VS Windsor Spitfires. 7:30pm

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE AND GO SUPPORT THE TEAM!

All 3 of the Very Barrie Colts contributors will be at the Saturday game at BMC. GET YOUR SEATS, come by and see us and say hello!

Blog Notes:
Keep an eye open for a giveaway we will be running! They will be done through our Twitter and Facebook. We will be giving 2 Red Kelly, signed 8x10's with authentication. 

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