Colts fall 7-1 to Sting
By: Melissa Bromley
The Colts were back at the Barrie Molson Centre to face the Sarnia Sting for the second time this season. Despite third period efforts, the Colts couldn’t handle the Sting as they fell 7-1.
The Colts have yet to win a Thursday night game this season, and move to 7-6-1-0 on the season.
The Sting scored their first goal just two minutes in to the game when Brandon Lindberg put his third of the season past netminder Jordan DeKort. Lindberg rushed down the left side and fired a shot just above the circle, going low glove side.
The Sting added their second goal of the night when Noah Bushnell scored his first goal of the season. After Jeff King passed to Alexandre Renaud, Renaud went down the left side. Just before the goal line, Renaud fired a pass to Bushnell in the slot, and Bushnell went blocker side for the goal.
The Sting added two more goals in the last four minutes of the first period. Pavel Zacha scored his sixth of the season on the power play, and Anthony DeAngelo scored his third goal of the year to make it 4-0.
DeKort was pulled after the Sting’s fourth goal at 18:43, and Daniel Gibl went in to replace him. The Colts were unsuccessful in all three power play attempts in the first period, while the Sting went 1 for 1 on their power play opportunities in the first.
The Colts lone goal came early in the second period when CJ Garcia put home his third of the season. Joseph Blandisi got the puck to Garcia on the blue line; Garcia walked the line and ripped it past Taylor Dupuis to cut the lead to 4-1. Andrew Mangiapane also had an assist on the Colts goal at 4:09 of the period.
But it didn’t take long for the Sting to extend the lead again. Just over a minute later, Lindberg cut down the left side and fired a shot past Gibl. His second goal of the night had a very similar look to his first period goal, as he broke down the left side both times. Lindberg’s fourth of the year was assisted by Bushnell and King.
At 9:38 of the second period, Joshua Chapman got the puck to DeAngelo on the blue line. DeAngelo walked the line and threw it on net where Hayden Hodgson was there to tip it home.
The Sting extended their lead to 6-1 when Hayden Hodgson tipped home a DeAngelo point shot, and they would add another goal from Vladislav Kodola with just under 5 minutes to play in the second period.
Despite being outshot 10-6 in the first period, the Colts and Sting both had 10 shots a piece in the second period.
The third period would turn out to be a scoreless one even though the Colts doubled the Sting’s shot efforts going 14-7. Total shots on the night were in favour of the Colts, 30-27.
At 13:42 of the third period and on the penalty kill, Blandisi broke past a Sting defenseman and had a breakaway. Blandisi couldn’t get a shot off because of interference from the Sting defenseman and he was given a penalty shot. Unfortunately, Blandisi wasn’t able to sneak it past Dupuis.
With less than five minutes left, Ben Hawerchuk was kneed by Hodgson. A scrum ensued and Justin Scott and Bushnell both received unsportsmanlike misconducts, while Scott was also given a roughing penalty.
The Colts held the Sting to 1 for 3 on the power play, but were unable to score a power play goal on their seven chances during the night.
The Colts are back home on Saturday, November 1st at 7:30pm and will face Guelph for the first time this season. Click here for tickets.