With the likes of Mark Scheifele and Anthony Camara out of the lineup due to the 2013 World Junior Championships in Russia, veteran forward Zach Hall stepped up to the plate with a three point night to lead his Barrie Colts to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Ottawa 67’s.
The 67’s also had to adjust to a new lineup adding in Dante Salituro who returned from representing Ontario at the U-17 Championships and newly acquired winger Sergey Kuptsov. Kuptsov took Tyler Graovac’s spot and played on the top line pairing with Taylor Fielding and Sean Monahan.
Fired up for the new year, the Ottawa 67’s got off to a great start winning battles along the boards and outshooting the Colts 16-12 in the opening frame. Michal Vlajkov was finally able to solve Mathias Niederberger with less than 30 seconds left in the period on the powerplay after he wired a shot from the point.
Just over four minutes into the second frame, Josh MacDonald grabbed a hold of a bouncing puck on the penalty kill and broke out down the ice scoring a short-handed goal to get the Colts on the board. Clint Windsor made the original save but it trickled right past him before he could react.
Taylor Fielding regained the 67’s lead off a great individual effort as he stole the puck of Fawcett’s stick and fired it in the slot. The lead would be short-lived after the 67’s ran into some penalty trouble. Zach Hall and Andrea Athanasiou scored back-to-back powerplay goals in a span of 2 minutes to give the Colts their first lead of the game.
Tyson Fawcett and Brendan Lemieux added two more goals in the third period to wrap up the scoring to extend Ottawa’s losing streak to two games. The 67’s are back on the road tomorrow to visit the Brampton Battalion in a matinee matchup.