By Jared Crozier, SenShot
Colts Power Past 67's 7-3
The red hot Barrie Colts played host to the Ottawa 67's in a Thursday night tilt, and it is one the 67's would like to forget. Mark Scheifele (3G, 3A) and Zack Hall (2G, 4A) each had 6 points as the Colts used 5 power play goals to defeat the 67's 7-3.
Anthony Camara also chipped in a goal and three assists for the Colts, who won their eighth straight game, going 5 for 8 with the man advantage. Ottawa actually outshot the Colts 37-26, but simply gave the Colts took many PP opportunities.
It didn't take long for the early power play for the Colts, and they capitalized quickly. Scheifele finished a nice passing play for the league's top power play. The second ranked power play of the 67's got them on the board shortly thereafter with Cody Ceci's point shot getting through Mathias Niederberger. Scheifele responded again on the man advantage, and again on a sweet passing play, just past the midway point of the period. The Colts' big line struck again in the last minute, with Camara scoring the game's first even strength goal. After 20 minutes the Colts led Ottawa 3-1.
Yet another power play goal for the Colts, with Hall finding the loose puck in the crease to tap it home before the 7 minute mark of the second. Remy Giftopoulos got one back as the period was winding down when Dante Salituro stripped Scheifele of the puck and found Giftopoulos in the slot, putting it five-hole. The 67's again trailed by 2 after 40 minutes.
After Nathan Fawcett scored his first OHL goal to give the Colts a 3 goal cushion, Tyler Graovac scored, another goal on the power play to give the 67's some hope with over 10 minutes remaining and trailing by a pair. However, penalties led to an unravelling for Ottawa as Hall scored on a two man advantage with just over 5 minutes remaining to seal the deal. To add insult to injury, the Colts worked to set up Scheifele for the hat trick, which he finally got on a one-timer for the Colts 5th power play marker of the night.
Ottawa hopes to leave this loss behind when they head to Owen Sound to play the Attack on Friday night.