Game Preview: Peterborough Petes @ Barrie Colts. #OHL

Tonight the Peterborough Petes are at BMC to face the Barrie Colts for the first of two meetings this season.

Peterborough makes Sudbury cry wolf.

The Peterborough Petes come into tonight’s games one of the hottest teams in the Ontario Hockey League. They are currently tied in 1st place in the Eastern Conference with the Oshawa Generals with 67 points. They have earned 7 of a possible 8 points over their last 4 games played and are 8-1-1-0 record over the last 10 games is one of the hottest league wide.

Their last win came Thursday night at home against the Sudbury Wolves in a 2-1 victory. Peterborough got an early man advantage which allowed them to dominate the early stages of the game. Petes generated 8 shots on goal before Sudbury would register their first.

Christopher Paquette would score first for Peterborough at the 14:49 mark of the 1st period. His 16th of the season with assists going to Adam Timleck and Logan DeNoble. Less than 3 minutes later, Cole Fraser would score his 5th of the season to give the Petes the 2-0 lead. This goal would ultimately be the game winner. Dmitry Sokolov would score the lone goal for the Wolves.

Had Peterborough been better on the man advantage this game could have been a different story. Peterborough wasn’t able to score on 5 man advantages. They did kill their one penalty kill.

Dylan Wells got the start for the Petes and made 27 saves. The win is his 25th on the season. Yes, he has 11 more wins than the Colts this season… Peterborough out shot Sudbury 37-28. 

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Barrie came into last night’s game riding a 9 game losing streak. Ultimately, with the help of rookie goalie Christian Propp, the Colts would end the losing streak in a 3-2 win.

Barrie came out strong but Niagara would get on the boar first just past the halfway point of the 1st period on Oliver Castleman’s 14th goal of the season. Barrie would get 9 shots over the last half of the period but could not find the back of the net. Niagara lead 1-0 after the 1st period.

Barrie came out even harder in the 2nd period but neither team was able to register a goal through 20 minutes. Barrie out shot Niagara 16-8 in the period.

Niagara came out hard in the 3rd period but Roy Radke would score his 13th of the year to tie things 1-1 just before the period’s midway point. Zachary Magwood would assist on the goal. Rookie Jason Willms would score a nice goal more than 3 minutes after to give the Colts a 2-1 lead. The goal is Willms 11th of the year and Kade Landry and Roy Radke would both add assists. It appeared that the Colts would sail to the end with the lead but before the 18 minute mark, Johnny Corneil would score his 24th to tie the game 2-2 which is how the period would end. The game would head to OT.

OT would settle nothing. Niagara managed to get 4 shots but Propp was outstanding and would get his team to the shootout.

It would take 11 rounds before Aiden Brown would score the first goal of the shootout which would be the games winner. Barrie ends the 9 game losing streak.

Christian Propp was named the first star of the game making 36 saves and stopping all 11 skaters in the shootout. The win is Propp’s 5th of the season.

Barrie out shot Niagara 45-38 in the win. They did a much better job killing off penalties than they did last time these teams met, killing off all 4 penalties. Colts didn’t get a chance on the power play.

Final thoughts.

Barrie will no doubt come into tonight’s game confident but they will need more than confidence to beat this Peterborough team. AS mentioned, they are hot right now, and a win could put them in top spot in the East. Barrie will need to play a disciplined game if they want to pick up another win. Barrie Colts forward Kirill Nizhnikov returns to the lineup after serving a 5 game suspension. In 29 games this season, Nizhnikov has 8 goals and 4 assists.

With Ovsjannikov starting Thursday and Propp in goal last night, look for Ruan Badenhorst to get the start tonight.

Puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:30.

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