Game Preview: Sudbury Wolves @ Barrie Colts. #OHL

Okay, so we couldn't beat the Dogs Thursday night but maybe we will have better luck against wild dogs? We will find out tonight as the Barrie Colts are set to host the Sudbury Wolves.

Barrie VS Niagara this season.

The Colts and Wolves will face off for the sixth of eight meetings this regular season at Barrie Molson Centre. Sudbury has won 4 of meetings so far. Barrie was able to pull off a 8-2 win in mid November but other than that the season series has been all Wolves. Over the Wolves 4 wins, they have managed to shootout Barrie twice and have outscored them 13-5 in those games. 

The last meeting took place December 3rd in Sudbury and saw the Wolves win 3-0 at the Sudbury Community Arena. Barrie had an alright effort but were unable to score on Jake McGrath. The team managed to get 44 shots on goal but even with 5 power play chances they couldn't get a goal. 

Dmitry Sokolov scored the game winner 16:19 into the first period. He also managed to get an assist in the game. David Levin also had a to point night putting up a pair of assists. 

Christian Propp got the start for the Colts and made 29 shots on 32 shots faced. 

As mentioned; Barrie went 0 for 5 on the man advantage. They also allowed a goal on 6 penalty kills. 

A positive in the game was Cordell James was excellent in the faceoff circle. He won 20 of 28 faceoffs. The rest of the team combined for 18 faceoff wins combined. 

Wolves lose in OT to Storm.

Last night the Sudbury Wolves lost 4-3 to the Guelph Storm in OT.

Guelph came out in the 1st period and managed to take a 2-0 lead. Over te next couple of peiods, Sudbury managed to tie the game at 3-3 to force OT. It would be Garrett McFadden who would score the game winner for the Storm.

Sudbury outshot Guelph 43-35. They went 0 for 4 on the power play and managed to kill off all 3 penalties.

Zack Bowman got the start in goal but was pulled a little more than half way through the game after allowing 3 goals on 20 shots. Jake McGrath came in and saved 14 of 15 shots faced. 

Colts fall apart late in loss to Niagara. 

The team trailed going into the 2nd period 1-0 and managed to put up 3 goals. Ben Hawerchuk tied the game a little more than a minute in. Roy Radke earned an assist in his first game since coming back from injury. Lucas Chiodo got the other assist. 

Giordano Finoro gave the Colts a 2-1 lead with his 5th goal on the season a little more than 2 minutes after. Tom Hedberg would get the helper which is his 11th of the season. 

Aidan Brown would increase the Colts lead to 3-1 midway through the 2nd period with Radke getting his 2nd assist on the night. Kade Landry also earned an assist. Barrie was dominant in this period and outshot Niagara 17-7.

Through the first half of the 3rd period it was pretty tight game until the Colts just fell apart. Akil Thomas scored to bring the Dogs within in one. Less than a minute later, Ondrej Machala tied the game up for the IceDogs.   

3 minutes and 16 seconds later, Matthew Philip scored the game winner with a pretty bad goal from behind Ovsjannikov and in. Niagara would score an insurance goal with 40 seconds left to get the 5-3 win. 

David Ovsjannikov made 30 saves on 35 shots faced. 

Final thoughts. 

Tough loss for a team who really looked pretty good for the most part. Barrie could have came within a point of the Dogs in the standings but the late fall ended that chance. David Ovsjannikov was alright but really wasn't too hot on the last two goals. If the Colts hope to climb the standings at all they will need him to be better. If he can't be the team should consider playing Propp more moving forward.

Hopefully Radke being back will help. Usually pretty tough when you have set lines for a couple months and having such a big part of your team come back. His 2 assists was a plus and no doubt he will help the Colts become a harder team to play against. 

Keys to success: Barrie will need to find a way to bring their effort from the 2nd period against Niagara. They looked confident with the puck, were shooting it and getting bodies in front of the goal. Radke's presence no doubt will help with that aspect of the game which they have lacked. 

I would look to see Christian Propp get the start but nothing has been confirmed yet. 

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30. 


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