Barrie Colts fall to Petes in battle for top spot in the conference
Peterborough Petes forward Nikita Korostelev, middle, celebrates his goal with teammates Matt Timms and Matt McNamara scored on Barrie Colts goalie Leo Lazarev during first-period OHL action on Saturday at the Memorial Centre in Peterborough. CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/POSTMEDIA NETWORK
It was a battle for first place atop the OHL's Eastern Conference standings in Saturday night between the Barrie Colts and the Peterborough Petes.
The Petes skated to a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory to pick up their 11th win of the season as the two teams traded goals all night.
The Peterborough squad was then pulverized, 9-2, by the Missisauga Steelheads on Sunday to sit at 11-7-0-1 after the weekend's action, good enough for 23 points.
The Colts were coming off a 4-2 win over the 67's in Ottawa on Friday night and have a 10-4-1-1 record, which puts them in first place in the Central Division with 22 points.
On Saturday night, Peterborough's Jonathan Ang had a four-point performance, including setting up Chris Paquette's overtime winner. It gave Ang 11 points in three games.
Ang set up Paquette's winner 2:20 into overtime from behind the Colts net after Barrie's Kade Landry tied the game with 1:15 left in the third period and goalie Leo Lazarev pulled for an extra attacker.
Landry's shot tipped off Ang's stick past Dylan Wells.
Paquette's winner was his second goal of the night. Ang had two goals, one on a penalty shot, and two assists. Korostelev had two points including his 100th OHL goal.
It was a seesaw battle with both teams holding the lead twice in regulation time.
“That was huge,” Ang said Saturday. “To bounce back from Thursday against Sarnia (a 7-5 loss) who are arguably the best team in the CHL. We were up and we were down and tied, it was all over the place. I'm just glad we got this one.”
Barrie captain Justin Murray opened the scoring just 2:43 into the game with a power-play marker from Jaden Peca and Joey Keane.
The Petes didn't take long to knot the game up at 1-1. Just under four minutes later, Peterborough's Nikita Korostelev potted his seventh of the year.
But Keane put the Colts back on top, 2-1, with another power-play goal to give Barrie the lead heading into the first intermission.
Paquette scored the only goal in the second period before the two teams went on an offensive outburst in the third period.
Ang scored on a penalty shot, awarded while the team was shorthanded, at the midway point of the third period to give his team its first lead of the game.
Barrie's Peca and Landry both scored late in the third period, with scoring his 10th of the season in between to make it 5-5 at the end of regulation. Landry's third goal of the season came with just over a minute to go on the clock.
Lazarev stopped 32 of 37 shots for the Colts, while Peterborough's Dylan Wells turned aside 31 of 35 to pick up the win.
On Friday night in the nation's capital, as the 67's were honouring former defenceman Brian Campbell, whose No. 44 will hang alongside the likes of Denis Potvin and Doug Wilson’s No. 7, Peter Lee’s No. 14 and Bobby Smith’s No. 15 in a pre-game jersey retirement ceremony.
The visiting Colts came out flying and registered their seventh win in their past 10 games, handing the 67’s a 4-2 defeat before TD Place’s largest crowd this season of 5,642 — that’s including many family and friends of Barrie’s 17-year-old rookie goaltender Kal Edmonds, a Carlsbad Springs native and former Cumberland grad.
Edmonds was solid in his OHL debut, making 27 saves and his first start, appearance and win also allowed for the Colts to move into a tie atop the Eastern Conference with the Petes with 21 points prior to their match-up the following night.
Edmonds wasn’t the difference, but the 67’s are in tough against a Barrie squad poised to make a long run in the playoffs.
It’s didn’t help that the 67’s spent 16 minutes of the game killing penalties, though they allowed just one power-play goal, but the night was all about Campbell.
The Colts struck first with Zachary Magwood registering his team-leading 10th goal at 13:38 on the power play.
Ottawa rookie Oliver True finally put the 67’s on the board with his first career OHL goal on the power play at 14:48 of the second and the 67’s seemed to be gaining momentum.
But that was snuffed out less than two minutes later when Barrie’s Chiodo banked one if off 67’s Sasha Chmelevski at 16:08.
Barrie’s Luke Bignell then put things away with a goal 5:01 into the third.
Ben Hawerchuk merely dispersed the crowd early, making it 4-1 at 9:14.
Noel Hoefenmayer, the Arizona Coyotes draft, blasted one in from the point at 17:53 but that was as close as the 67’s could make it.
The Ottawa 67’s arrived at TD Place on Friday fully expecting to face their former teammate Leo Lazarev, now a Barrie Colt.
All ‘Lazer’ has done since being traded by the 67’s at the end of training camp is post eight wins, good enough for a tie for third among all goalies in the OHL, tally a save percentage of .910, a goals-against of 2.74 (that ranks eighth in the league) and, oh, beat his former teammates 11-2 on opening night, Sept. 21.
Instead, the 67’s faced local product and rookie Kai Edmonds, the former Cumberland Grads product, who left for Prep School at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn.
The first OHL start for the 17-year-old Edmonds was not lost on his teammates, who let him skate onto the ice for warmup all alone for several seconds before they joined him.
Edmonds was remarkable his final year in Cumberland, posting a 21-2 won-loss mark with a 1.77 goals-against for heading off to school for a year.
Well there must be something in the water in Connecticut as Edmonds grew from 5-10 when Barrie took a flyer on him in the 11th round of the 2016 to now 6-2.
“It was awesome,” said Edmonds, who stopped 27-of-29 shots while enduring a lot of cheering from many friends behind the Barrie bench. “Well, that was a little embarrassing … but the night was awesome.”
— With files from Mike Davies and Don Campbell