Generals dismiss Colts
Article courtesy of www.thebarrieexaminer.com
The Barrie Colts have shown that they can hang with the league’s best.
Beating them, however, is still another story.
The Colts couldn’t cash in on their chances and it cost them, as Barrie fell 5-1 to the OHL’s top-ranked team, the Oshawa Generals.
“We didn’t get any of the bounces our way,” said Colts defenceman Chadd Bauman. “We out-shot them, we out-chanced them, (but) it wasn’t our game today.”
The Colts had the energy to get ready to face Oshawa’s physicality in the early going.
That meant that not much was getting through either way with a number of blocked shots, especially by the Generals.
Barrie beat Oshawa starter Ken Appleby a couple of times in the opening period, but couldn’t get a goal.
Brendan Lemieux tipped Kevin Labanc’s shot past the Generals goalie, but it hit a defender and stayed out.
A few minutes later, Garrett Hooey sent a pass across the middle to Justin Scott, but the winger hit iron.
At the other end, Oshawa wasn’t credited with a shot until about 11 minutes into the opening period, although by that point, Barrie goalie Mackenzie Blackwood had already made a couple of good saves.
He wouldn’t be so lucky on Oshawa’s lone man advantage of the first, which is where the Generals scored the only goal of the period.
Michael Dal Colle’s point shot was stopped by Blackwood, but the rebound was kicked right out to Matt Mistele, and the trade-deadline acquisition blasted one into the empty net to make it 1-0 Generals.
“We started off slow in the beginning, taking too many penalties,” said Generals winger Bradley Latour. “By the end of the first, we finally started getting into our game (of) chipping pucks deep, getting on the forecheck and creating good chances off of the cycle.”
The Colts pressed for the equalizer, and got some line rushes in the second period.