The Barrie Colts battled the Oshawa Generals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals looking to take a 2 – 0 series lead in front of 4118 fans at the Barrie Molson Centre.
The first period saw both teams come out ready to play, as it was a chippy affair right from the drop of the puck. The Colts and Generals traded numerous scoring chances but Daniel Altshuller and Mathias Niederberger stood tall for their respective clubs. The opening twenty minutes ended in a scoreless tie and the Generals had the edge in shots 12-9.
The Oshawa Generals would find the back of the net first as Scott Laughton scored his 7th of the playoffs at 12:32. Laughton picked up the puck in the slot off a turnover and snapped it past a surprised Mathias Niederberger to take a 1-0 lead. Just 44 seconds later the Barrie Colts would respond and tie the game at 1-1 on a shorthanded marker by Mitchell Theoret. Theoret found himself all alone in the slot after a nice feed from defenceman Michael Webster, before putting it by a sprawling Daniel Altshuller.
With the momentum swinging the Colts way they would capitalize with two more goals late in the frame. At 16:01 Andreas Athanasiou would rush the puck into the Generals zone before dropping it back to Theoret who was trailing the play. Theoret made no mistake ripping it top corner for his league leading 8th playoff goal. Just over a minute later it was Athanasiou who would score for the Colts to give them a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. Athanasiou dangled the Oshawa defenceman before snapping it to the back of the net behind Altshuller. Erik Bradford was credited with the lone assist. A period dominated by Barrie saw them outshoot the Generals 22-13 in the second period.
With a 3-1 lead the Barrie Colts came out in the third period with one thing in mind, defense. The Colts did just that holding Oshawa to only 5 shots in the final frame. Late in the period Colts’ forward Zach Hall was the recipient of a check from behind which saw him down on the ice for several minutes before leaving the game. Oshawa Generals Scott Laughton received a 5-minute major and a game misconduct.
In the dieing stages of the game Mitchell Theoret would complete the hat trick on an empty netter to seal the 4-1 victory for Barrie. Mathias Niederberger had a stellar performance making 29 saves on the night while Andreas Athanasiou and Mitchell Theoret each had 3 points in the win.
The Barrie Colts remain undefeated since the start of the 2013 OHL playoffs and lead the Oshawa Generals 2-0 in the series. The match up will now turn and head to the General Motors Place in Oshawa this Sunday April 7th for Game 3. Puck drop is 6:05.
Scotiabank 3 Stars
1st Mitchell Theoret
2nd Andreas Athanasiou
3rd Mathias Niederberger