The Barrie Colts and Oshawa Generals wasted no time getting into this game as both goaltenders were tested early.
In the opening minute of the hockey game each team traded scoring chances. Mathias Niederberger caught a break with Oshawa hitting the post before the puck went the other way for the Colts. Anthony Camara and Steven Beyers broke in on a 2 on 1 but could not find the back of the net. Just a few minutes later at 5:42 Beyers and Camara would break in again this time connecting to give the Colts the lead. Camara took a shot on Daniel Altshuller who made the save but Steven Beyers who was in front of the net would bury the rebound. At the midway point of the first, Barrie would go up two zip on a Brendan Bell shot that was kicked out by Altshuller right to Andreas Athanasiou who hammered it home. Oshawa would add a tally of their own late in the opening frame on a scrambled play in front of Mathias Niederberger. Michael Dal Colle would find the loose puck and put it in to cut the lead to 2 – 1.
The Colts would come out ready to play again in the second scoring another marker at 5:09. Mark Scheifele would send Steven Beyers in on a breakaway where he made a nice deke to the backhand for his second goal on the night. Oshawa would fight back with a power play goal by Boone Jenner just a few minutes later. Jenner would walk in and score with a wrist shot from the top of the circle to make it 3 – 2. The Colts power play would make a statement of their own when Zach Hall would fake a slap shot before cutting to the middle of the ice, then fed Anthony Camara a beauty back door pass to go up 4 – 2. At 14:54 Camara would notch his second power play goal of the game. A Zach Hall shot squeaked through Daniel Altshuller where Camara would find it on the goal line and finish it off. The period would not end without another goal by Boone Jenner who scored on a lucky bounce after the puck deflected off a Colts player and in. The second period would end with the Colts up 5 – 3.
The final period was a battle between both teams. Mathias Niederberger kept up his stellar play coming up big when his team needed it most. Niederberger made a nice save on Tyler Biggs while on his backside to hold the two goal lead. The Barrie Colts newest member Brendan Lemieux would play his first game tonight and found himself on the wrong side of a questionable hit from Oshawa’s Josh Brown. Things would get rough after the hit but Lemieux would be ok and that seemed to spark the Colts. The Barrie Colts would hang on to the victory in large part to Mathias Niederberger who stopped 36 of 39 shots. Steven Beyers and Anthony Camara each had two goals and one assist on the night.
The Barrie Colts (14-4-0-1) are right back at it tomorrow night when they take on the Brampton Battalion. Puck drop is7:35 at the Barrie Molson Centre. Click here for tickets.