After a win in Kitchener Friday night the Barrie Colts found themselves in tough against the last place team in the Western Conference.
The Erie Otters would strike early at the 5:53 mark of the first period. Stephen Harper put one past netminder Alex Fotinos for his tenth of the season. The assists were credited to Jake Evans and Adam Pelech. The Barrie Colts would respond with a goal of their own just a couple minutes later. Steven Beyers was sent in all alone after a stretch pass from teammate Josh MacDonald. Beyers made no mistake scoring low glove side on goaltender Devin Williams.
Erie would retake the lead on a short-handed marker by Jake Evans at 15:07 to put his team out front 2 – 1. Before periods end Alliston native Connor Crisp would notch his fifteenth of the season with just 34 seconds left in the period.
The Barrie Colts came out in the second period looking to bounce back. Zach Hall would score his first of two on the night just 2:56 into the period to bring his team within one. Dylan Corson and Liam Maaskant added the assists. Less than a minute later Erie would yet again increase their lead to two when Connor Brown scored his eighteenth of the season.
The Colts continued to try and battle back as they cut the lead to 4 – 3 on a nice goal from Josh MacDonald. MacDonald received a drop pass from forward Tyson Fawcett before blasting a slap shot past Devin Williams off the post and in. Connor Crisp would kill the Colts momentum yet again when he scored his second of the game on the power play at 13:20.
Shots were 27 – 26 for Erie after forty minutes.
Mathias Niederberger replaced netminder Alex Fotinos to start the third period. Zach Hall would get the Barrie Colts within reach after he slid home his second of the game on the power play at 7:20 of the third period. Ryan O’Connor and Steven Beyers were credited with the assists.
With the net empty the Colts were unable to capitalize after a big scramble in front of the Erie net. Erie Otters captain Connor Brown sealed the victory adding an empty netter with 1 second left in the game. Liam Maaskant played solid for Barrie against his former squad. Maaskant had a fight in the first period and added an assist in the game.
Next up for the Barrie Colts is the Sudbury Wolves. The Wolves will head to the Barrie Molson Centre to face the Colts on New Years Eve. Game time is 7:30.