Late efforts not enough for Colts as they fall 4-3 to North Bay
By Melissa Bromley
The Colts were back home at the Barrie Molson Centre Saturday night and welcomed the North Bay Batallion to town for the third meeting between the two teams this season. Coming into tonight, each team had a win in the previous two meetings.
The Colts were unable to get the win tonight and fell 4-3 to the Batallion. After tonight’s loss, the Colts move to 7-5-1-0 on the season.
The Batallion opened the scoring in the first period with an unassisted goal from Zach Bratina at 6:48 of the period. Colts defenseman Brandon Prophet was coming around the goal making a pass up ice, but Bratina cut the pass off and went in all alone on Daniel Gibl for his sixth goal of the season.
Despite being outshot 10-8 in the first period, the Colts were able to finish the first period having tied the game up. On a Batallion delay of game penalty, Joseph Blandisi put home his 13th goal on the season. Kevin Labanc got the puck to Rasmus Andersson on the point, and Andersson fired a slap shot on net. The rebound came out to Blandisi who was posted up to the left of Batallion goalie, Evan Cormier. Blandisi one timed it home to tie the game up at 16:05 of the first period.
Less than four minutes into the second period, Blandisi had another great chance as he broke out of the Colts end, bursting down the left side and beating the Batallion defence. Blandisi was able to get a snap shot off that beat Cormier, but couldn’t beat the post.
The lone goal of the second period came from the Batallion at the 11:11 mark. The Batallion were pressing deep in the Colts end, when Mike Amadio tried to wrap the net for a chance. The puck was poke checked off his stick, but it ended up in the slot where Nick Paul was waiting. Paul put it home for his tenth goal of the season and gave the Batallion a 2-1 lead.
The Batallion extended their lead just over two and a half minutes into the third period. They were breaking in 3 on 2, when Mathew Santos’ cross-ice pass hit Ray Huether’s skate. Huether gathered the puck and went low blocker side on Gibl for his second of the season, extending the Batallion lead to 3-1. Kyle Locke also had an assist on the goal.
Just two and a half minutes later, the Colts answered back when Cordell James scored his first goal of the season. Off the faceoff win, Roy Radke fired a shot on net and the rebound came to James in the slot. James put home a diving shot to cut the Batallion lead to 1.
It didn’t take long for the Batallion to regain a two-goal lead though. Just three minutes later at 8:08 of the third, David Sherman was walking out of the corner and out waited the Colts defense before he slid it past Gibl. Shoemaker had an assist on the goal.
The Colts brought it back within one with a minute and a half left in the game on the power play. Andrew Mangiapane got the puck to CJ Garcia on the point and Garcia put home a slap shot for his second of the season to make it 4-3.
The game would finish 4-3 despite last minute efforts from the Colts. With Gibl pulled and the extra attacker out, the Colts weren’t able to put one home to tie the game.
The Colts went 2 for 3 on the power play tonight, and had a perfect penalty kill, causing the Batallion to go 0 for 3 on their power play chances. The Batallion outshot the Colts 27-19 on the night.
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