EKBLAD POWERS COLTS TO VICTORY OVER THE TROOPSOct 25, 2012 - 19:11 EDT
The Brampton Battalion and Barrie Colts played a tight defensive hockey game, where the Colts would get their revenge after last weekend’s loss to the Battalion.
Both teams wasted no time getting involved for this one, as Colts Dylan Corson and Brampton’s Brenden Miller would drop the gloves at 3:13 in the first. Brenden Miller would receive an instigator penalty on the play giving Barrie the early power play chance. The Colts showed tremendous puck control but could not capitalize. After continuous pressure by Barrie they would finally take a 1 – 0 lead. Mark Scheifele would notch his eighth goal on the year with a nice snap shot after a cross-ice pass from Steven Beyers. Ryan O’Connor also picked up an assist. Brampton would get numerous chances of their own on the power play but could not put one passed Mathias Niederberger. The Barrie goaltender would hold the fort with multiple saves but most notably, Niederberger would come up with a big stacked pad save to keep the 1 – 0 lead.
There was no scoring in the second period as the Battalion and Colts continued to play strong defense. Both goaltenders stood tall in net making key saves when called upon. The Barrie Colts had three straight power plays in the second but could not increase their lead. The Colts went 1 for 7 on the power play in tonight’s game.
The Brampton Battalion were finally able to solve goaltender Mathias Niederberger at 8:47 in the third period on the power play. Battalion captain Barclay Goodrow would pick up his seventh goal on the season tying the game at one. The goal was assisted by Blake Clark and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dylan Blujus.
To no surprise this game would head into overtime. At 2:29 Cameron Wind and Andreas Athanasiou would both receive roughing penalties making it 3 on 3. Just a few moments later Tyson Fawcett would drive the net drawing a huge power play for the Colts after Marcus McIvor hooked him. This opportunity would give the Colts a late 4 on 3 chance at 4:04 in OT. With 27 seconds left on the clock, Aaron Ekblad would riffle home the game winner top corner over goalie Matej Machovsky from the blue line. The Colts remain unbeaten in regulation time on home ice for the season. Mathias Niederberger made 26 saves for his ninth victory on the year.
The Barrie Colts (10-3-0-1) still sit at the top in the league with 21 points. Their next home game is this Saturday October 27th vs. Niagara Icedogs. Click here for tickets.