Weekend Preview – Dec 4 & 6
Here’s what you need to know coming into this week’s games…
The Colts won’t be making an appearance at the Barrie Molson Centre this weekend as they take to the road for two Central Division contests. Friday night, the Colts head out to Sudbury to take on the Wolves for the fourth time this season. For the first time all season, the Colts won’t be playing on Saturday, but then head up to Mississauga for the second time this season to take on the Steelheads. The Colts come in to the weekend having dropped their last two games, but still lead the Central Division with a record of 16-9-0-0.
Sudbury Wolves (5-19-3-0) vs. Barrie Colts
- Friday’s match up will be the fourth time the Colts and Wolves face off this season, with four more coming after that. With three games in the books between the two teams, the Colts have managed to win them all, outscoring the Wolves 15-5.
- Two Wolves rookies are currently leading the Wolves in points. Centre Dimitry Sokolov has registered 20 points through 27 games, from 10 goals and 10 assists. Meanwhile, fellow rookie and centre man, Alan Lyszczarczyk has 6 goals and 14 assists for his 20 points in 26 games.
- For their overall power play, the Wolves find themselves in last place in the league with at 13.4% efficiency. The Colts jump to 6th overall in the league with their power play, running at 20.0% efficiency. On the flip side, the penalty kill for the Wolves is good enough for 13th in the league, shutting down their opposition 78.3% of the time. Their penalty kill though doesn’t compare to that of the Colts, who sit atop the league with a 91.2% penalty kill percentage. They have given up a league low 10 power play goals against all season.
- Both teams have similar penalty minutes, with the Colts second in the league with 403 minutes, and the Wolves fifth in the league with 408 minutes.
- The Wolves head into the weekend with a 3-10-3-0 record at home, while the Colts are 9-4-0-0 on the road.
Mississauga Steelheads (14-12-0-2) vs. Barrie Colts
- Sunday’s matinee game will be the second time the Colts and Steelheads will face off this season, with four more games coming after that. The previous meeting between the two teams saw the Colts shut out the Steelheads and walk away with a 6-0 win.
- Mississauga rookie, Alexander Nylander leads the Steelheads with 39 points. Nylander has 17 goals and 22 assists through 28 games played, with one of his goals coming shorthanded and a plus/minus of +6.
- The Steelheads find themselves 14th in the league with their overall power play, with 20 goals for in 28 games. The Colts jump to 6th overall in the league with their power play, running at 20.0% efficiency. On the other side of things, the Steelheads and Colts are leading the league with their penalty kills. While the Colts are in 1st place with a 91.2% penalty kill, the Steelheads are relatively close behind, running at 86.7% efficiency. The Colts have only given up 10 goals against and the Steelheads have given up 17 goals again. Both teams have registered 6 short-handed goals so far this season.
- The Steelheads roll into the weekend with a home record of 7-6-0-1, winning their last two, while the Colts away record sits at 9-4-0-0.
- Kevin Labanc leads the Colts with 40 points (13G, 27A), while three other Colts have double-digit goals (Mangiapane 15G, Nattinen 10G, Radke 13G).
- Brendan Lemieux is on a 6-game point streak, registering 7 goals and 3 assists through that time.
- Zachary Magwood leads Colts rookies with 2 goals and 2 assists through 22 games.
- Mackenzie Blackwood is 16-7 this season with a 2.39 GAA and 0.930% save percentage. He also has two assists and two shutouts so far.
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- Brandon Prophet enters the weekend with 49 career OHL points.