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Thomas Kiriakou, with a pair, Cody Lindsay, Anthony Nigro and Thomas Nesbitt tallied for Ottawa.
While the Colts' offensive outpour against Ottawa was the biggest of the season they'd reached the seven goal plateau on three occasions the team almost let the game slip away with its sloppy defensive play. In what has become a troublesome trend for the Colts in recent weeks, Barrie surrendered three third period goals to Ottawa.
Colts pick a good time to step it up
With a dozen games remaining, the Colts (25 27 3 1) are picking a good time for a surge. By going two for three since Thursday their only blemish being a 4 2 loss in Mississauga Friday night Barrie hangs onto sole Nike Air Vapormax Plus Hybrid possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
event, as neither allowed more than three goals in a 90 second span of being peppered with shots.
And it appears as though the team is back on track.
Specialty teams continues to be a worry for the Colts. The team's power play is ranked 16th in the league, and is running at a 16.8 per cent success rate. The Colts were 1 for 16 with the man advantage in their past three games.
The team, cold as ice through most of January, posting a 3 9 record in the month, appears to be more than over the hump. Saturday's 8 5 win over the Ottawa 67's at the Barrie Molson Centre an ugly one, to be sure was Barrie's fourth win in five games.
to catch, while the Wolves (22 29 2 4) sit four points back of Barrie in the Central Division.
The Pickering native said he's gunning for the scoring title.
Regardless, the once listless looking Colts seem to be playing with purpose again.
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"We're happy we got the win, but we obviously have to tighten up in third periods," said Della Rovere, who has 24 goals on the season.
Michael Hutchinson picked up the win in net for Barrie, while Chris Perugini was pulled in favour Adam Courchaine in the second period.
That'll be as good of an opportunity as any for the Colts to gain some ground on Mississauga and leave the Wolves in the dust . The Majors (31 23 1 2) will be tough Adidas Hoodie T Shirt
"Everyone's producing right now, and it's great to see that," said Colts captain Stefan Della Rovere, who notched three goals and an assist against Ottawa. "Having four lines of balance really helps us."
"We went through December and January and you just didn't know what you were going to get," Colts head coach Marty Williamson said following Saturday's win in front of 3,802 fans. "Now, we're starting to get to the point where we're getting consistent."
The Colts host Mississauga on Thursday before heading north to face the last place Soo Greyhounds on Friday and the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday.
"I think I have a legitimate shot," deadpanned van de Bospoort, who now has two goals in his OHL career. "Seventy goals in the next 12 games or so, it can be done, right? I think (John) Tavares did it one time."
ICE CHIPS:Legendary 67's coach Brian Kilrea was honoured prior to the start of Saturday's game. He intends to step away following a coaching career with the 67's that has spanned more than 30 years. It may have been his final appearance behind the bench at the BMC, although the teams could potentially meet in the playoffs. Williamson presented the coach known as 'Killer' with a box of cigars. "Some other time, we'll have one together," the Colts coach said following the game. "Besides being a legendary coach, I just think he's a real classy guy. He just loves the game. He's what hockey's all about."Williamson's first game behind the Colts bench was against Kilrea and his 67's . The real winner Saturday was David Clouthier. He saw the Valentine's Day game as an opportunity to propose to his fiance. He took a knee during an on ice ceremony in the second intermission. Amanda McKee, a kitchen staff employee at the Horsepower Grill, said yes . The Colts held a skills competition on Sunday afternoon at the BMC. Alex Hutchings was crowned the team's fastest skater, clocking a time of 14.41 seconds. Matt Stanisz had the hardest shot, while rookie David Mazurek hit four targets in 20 seconds in the shooting accuracy event. Peter Di Salvo and Hutchinson stole the show in the power play Adidas Hoodies Tumblr
Even stay at home overage blue liner Kyle van de Bospoort got in on the fun on Saturday. His first goal of the season, at the 2:42 mark of the third period, proved to be the game winner.
The Colts' second line of Taylor Carnevale, Della Rovere and Darren Archibald combined for eight points Saturday, while the top line of Michael Sgarbossa, Josh Brittain and Alex Hutchings had seven points. Brittain s hot streak, following up his hat trick in last Thursday's win against Owen Sound with two goals and an assist against the 67's.
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