The Barrie Colts headed south to take on the division rival Mississauga Steelheads on Friday night at the Hershey Centre. Mississauga would steal the extra point in a shootout defeating the Colts 3-2 to win their third straight game.
Mackenzie Blackwood was in the spotlight on Friday night as he made his first career start in the OHL for the Barrie Colts.
The Colts got on the board first at 13:25 as Zach Hall buried his second of the season. Hall received the pass from teammate Andreas Athanasiou on and odd man rush before sliding it pass netminder Spencer Martin. Mitchell Theoret was also credited with an assist.
Before the periods end, the Steelheads would notch this game up at 1-1 on a lucky bounce in front of the Colts net. The puck deflected off the shoulder of Mississauga forward Andrew Goldberg before trickling down the back of Blackwood and into the goal.
Steelheads out shot the Colts 13-11 in the first.
Barrie would regain the lead less than five minutes into the second period as rookie forward Andrew Mangiapane would score his first career OHL goal. Mangiapane converted on a nice pass from defenceman Michael Webster with Matthew Kreis also registering an assist.
At 6:22 of the second period Mississauga would once again respond, and tied things back up at 2-2. Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Trevor Carrick scored the goal as he snapped one past Blackwood for his fifth of the season, leading all OHL defenceman.
The game remained deadlocked at 2-2 until the conclusion of the second period and both teams had 18 shots a piece through forty minutes.
The final period saw the defensive battle continue and goaltending was strong at both ends of the rink. Sixty minutes proved to not be enough to decide a winner and the Colts would head to overtime for a second straight game.
In extra time the best chance came when rookie “Exceptional” defenceman Sean Day found himself in all alone on a breakaway after a nice outlet pass from Trevor Carrick. Blackwood was up to the task though robbing the skilled d-man with a quick glove hand to keep this game tied.
Overtime could not solve a winner either and a shootout was needed to determine a winner. Centre Jesse Barwell would solidify the victory for the Steelheads in the fourth round of the shootout to earn the 3-2 win.
Despite the loss the Colts earned a valuable point in the shootout and will look to rebound Saturday night as they host the Sudbury Wolves at the Barrie Molson Centre.
Tickets are still available online at www.ticketbreak.com or at the Colts store from 10:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday located at the west entrance.
In five regular season games Barrie is 3-1-0-1.