By: Chris Hofley – Ottawa Sun
Photo: Aaron Bell – OHL Images
A disastrous second period in Barrie saw the Ottawa 67’s lose their third in a row 9-3 Saturday night.
After coming out strong and taking the play to the Colts for much of the first period, Barrie took a 1-0 lead with just 12 seconds left in the opening frame after Brendan Lemieux converted a nice pass to beat Ottawa goalie Leo Lazarev.
The 67’s couldn’t find their footing after the late-period goal and Barrie exploded for five goals in the second period to take 6-2 lead into the final 20 minutes.
Though Ottawa got lit up in the second, the middle frame at least started promisingly for the visitors and offered a glimpse into some of the offensive power the 67’s have in the lineup.
Still shorthanded to open the second, Ottawa’s Erik Bradford sprung Travis Konecny on a breakaway with a beautiful pass down the middle of the ice. Konecny made no mistake in beating Colts goalie Mackenzie Blackwood to tie the game. It was the last time this one would be close.
After Konecny scored, Barrie replied almost immediately as Colts winger Roy Radke picked up a pass in front of the net and beat Lazarev to give the Colts a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Colts continued the onslaught with a second-period hat trick from Justin Scott and a single from Andrew Mangiapane to give the home team a 6-2 lead after two.
Lemieux, with his second of the game, Joe Blandisi and Nick Pastorious added goals in the third for Barrie.
Ottawa captain and former Colt Brendan Bell scored the second goal for the 67’s, while Ottawa rookie Travis Barron scored his first OHL goal in the third.
The 67’s travel to Owen Sound to play the Attack Sunday afternoon to close out a road trip that will see the club play three games in three days.