Lethal power play leads Colts to 9-3 win over the Bulls
After coming off a tough loss the night before, the Barrie Colts came out of the gate strong scoring three power play goals in the first period, on route to a 9-3 victory over the Belleville Bulls Sunday afternoon at the Yardmen Arena. Barrie’s specialty teams played a key part in the win going 5 for 6 with the man advantage and improve their record to 10-9-1-1 on the season.
Just over four minutes into the opening period the Belleville Bulls were awarded a penalty shot, but were unable to get it past netminder Daniel Gibl who got the start for the Colts. A few minutes later on the power play, defenceman Michael Webster took a wrist shot from the point that went off the post and in to give Barrie the 1-0 lead.
Midway through the first period the Colts would strike twice more with the man advantage. First from the slot, captain Joseph Blandisi ripped a shot that beat goaltender Charlie Graham upstairs for his 14th of the season. Moments later Andrew Mangiapane followed suit with his own wrist shot past the Bulls keeper to give Barrie a 3-0 lead after twenty minutes.
The Colts had the edge in shots 13-8.
The second period saw the Bulls get on the board at 2:45 as Jordan Subban scored his 12th goal of the year on the power play to bring the game back within two.
In his first game back in Belleville since being traded to Barrie, forward Garrett Hooey would blast home his 6th goal of the year at the midway point of the period. Hooey stepped into a loose puck at the top of the circle, making no mistake putting it past Graham with a slapshot to put the Colts ahead 4-1.
The offence continued to pour it on, as Barrie would add three more in the period to take a 7-2 lead into the final frame. Rasmus Andersson, Kevin Labanc and Andrew Mangiapane all scored for the Colts as they outshot the Bulls 22-20 after forty minutes.
With the game all but out of reach, defenceman Michael Webster and forward Kevin Labanc would each score their second of the afternoon to seal the 9-3 win over a Belleville team who has now lost five in a row.
Thirteen Colts players registered a point in the victory while Daniel Gibl stopped 25 of 28 shots for his third win of the year.
The Barrie Colts will complete their third game in three days on Monday morning as they visit the Ottawa 67’s for a 10:30am match-up.