Colts lose in overtime

For a short time there, and we do mean short, it seemed as if the Barrie Colts might have some spark that echoed, however silently, the successes of last year’s squad.
But by now, however, it has become painfully obvious this is not the same team that won the OHL’s central division and eastern conference last spring, before bowing out to the eventual Memorial Cup winners, the Windsor Spitfires.
Going into last night’s game against the Sudbury Wolves, which the Colts lost 4-3 in overtime, by the way, the local squad had every reason to feel upbeat about the possible outcome.
The Wolves, after all, have a record nearly as unremarkable as the Colts; going into the game the Wolves were one point ahead of the Colts, with three coming from one win in eight games. The Colts entered the game with one win in nine games. Following last night’s debacle, that’s now one in 10.
As mentioned, it started out well for the home side, which went up 2-0 as the echo of the opening whistle was still bouncing around the rink. Tanner Pearson found the net 22 seconds into the game, followed by Mark Scheifele 41 seconds later.
It looked as if the home crowd was in for a treat, a rare offering this season. Alas, it was not to be as the Wolves tied the score heading into the first intermission, with their first coming 63 seconds after Barrie’s first.
If one thing has become evident to date, it’s that this version of the Barrie Colts must work, very hard, to be at least competitive with other sides. A letdown in energy, focus and commitment, and it’s over for the Colts.
Emerging areas of concern are a porous defense and leaky goaltending. Both aspects of the game will need to be bolstered if the winning edge is to return to the Barrie Molson Centre anytime soon.
The Wolves went up 3-2 near the middle of the second period, and held the lead until Scheifele potted a marker on the power play. However, just 39 seconds into the overtime frame, the Wolves netted the winner.
The Colts’ schedule next sees them take on the IceDogs on Saturday.

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