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got to give them credit, they fought hard even though they missing a few guys," the coach added. "They obviously want to try and sneak into the playoffs. been a season of up and downs for the Colts. Win streaks were followed by losing skids. The special teams units were on a similar roller coaster ride. Barrie struggled with consistency all season.
Colts hope to finish strong
Hawerchuk was pretty happy with his club 5 3 win in Ottawa on Thursday night. Facing a shorthanded 67 team that is in bitter dogfight to grab a playoff spot, Barrie fell behind 2 0 early before rallying for the win.
a little bit out of our control," he added. "We got to take care of our last game, for sure. appears many of the first round matchups in the Eastern Conference won be set until the final day of the OHL regular season on Sunday. (Sault Ste. Marie and Saginaw, both from the Western Conference, play a rescheduled game on Monday following the death of Saginaw forward Terry Trafford this week.)
Without that, it could prove to be a short playoff run.
The Colts have 12 players back from the team that took the London Knights right down to the final second of Game 7.
The rest of the weekend is out of their hands.
most important thing you want is to feel good about yourselves for sure, and keep pushing here to see if you can get home ice, said Hawerchuk, whose club swept back to back road stops in Kingston and Ottawa this week.
Regardless of who they face in the opening round, the Colts know they be in for a tough test.
kind of posture all year to get to the playoffs and they right around the corner now, Hawerchuk said. are two good road wins, that is for sure. We were playing a pretty desperate team (Thursday night). Sometimes they like a wounded animal and you got to be weary of them.
Ottawa suffered a devastating blow earlier in the week when leading scorer Erik Bradford broke his femur in a loss to Kingston. The former Colt is out for the rest of the season.
never seen a race so tight in my four years (coaching in the OHL) from top to bottom in the East, Hawerchuk said. a battle every night. It seems like anybody can beat anybody.
The 67 were also without key regulars Ryan Van Stralen and Troy Henley.
Hawerchuk wants to make sure the Colts continue their solid play this week and heads into next week playoffs on a high note.
First and foremost, Barrie still has an outside shot at moving into fourth place in the Eastern Conference and grabbing home ice advantage in the opening round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
as the standings are concerned.
While he likely to be sneaking peeks at scoring updates this weekend, head coach Dale Hawerchuk knows all he and his players have any control over is their contest against Peterborough.
is a certain way we want to play and that has got to be first and foremost, Hawerchuk said. on Adidas Hoodie Grey And White
Regardless of what Saturday contest means in the standings, Hawerchuk wants his team to follow their systems. At this time of year, he needs everyone on board and pulling in the same direction. Adidas Crop Top Grey
ICE CHIPS: Barrie will be sporting its traditional green St. Patrick Day jerseys on Saturday. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game and all proceeds will be donated to various charities Aaron Ekblad will have a chance to break a club record on Saturday after potting his 23rd marker in the win over Ottawa, equalling the franchise mark set by Andrew Marshall for goals in a season by a defenceman. Andreas Athanasiou needs a hat trick to become just the second Colt in club history to reach the 50 goal plateau in a season. Bryan Cameron scored 53 times in 2009 10.
Heading into their regular season finale Saturday night against the Peterborough Petes on home ice, the Barrie Colts know there still plenty to be determined as far Adidas Green Tracksuit Womens
Heading into OHL action on Friday, just five points separated Kingston, North Bay, Sudbury and Barrie. While the Battalion and Wolves fight over the Central Division title and locking up second spot in the conference behind Oshawa, the battle at the bottom of the conference Nike Vapormax Slip On is even tighter.
Only four points separated Niagara, Mississauga, Ottawa and Belleville in the battle for the two last playoff spots.
who you play, you make your adjustments. Our guys should know our structure by now and if they don it too late. When we all on the same page that way, we a pretty strong club. is hoping the experience they gained from last year run to the OHL final will help guide them.
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