Barrie Colts’ Tanner nets three for win

Barrie Colts remain undefeated in regular and pre-season Ontario Hockey League play following tonight’s 3-1 win over the Battalion in Brampton.
Special teams proved to be important for the Colts with one marker coming short-handed, and the second on the power play. The Colts bulged the twine again on an empty-net goal with less than a minute left in the game.
Tanner Pearson picked all three Colts’ tallies for a hat-trick while goalie Mathias Niederberger turned backed 34 shots, spoiling the Battalion home opener.
The undefeated streak is good news for fans hoping to see an improvement from last season when the Colts finished dead last in the league, winning a paltry 15 games. And the result comes on the heels of Thursday’s 7-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs at the Barrie Molson Centre.
Although the house was not filled, a raucous crowd greeted the Colts for their home opener. The squad’s top line of captain Colin Behenna, Zach Hall and Pearson was firing on all cylinders, picking up a cool 14 points between them, including five goals.
The locals opened the scoring at 5:29 in the first, when Pearson scored on the Colts’ first shot on net. Kingston battled back with a couple of markers and the opening frame ended with the visitors up 2-1.
Fears about a Colts’ collapse proved groundless, as the home side tied the game, then went ahead as Hall scored two 41 seconds apart. Shortly after, defenceman Alex Yuill recorded the first goal of his career to put the Colts up 4-2.
Two more goals, from Behenna and Pearson, put the Colts up 6-4 going into the third. The seventh goal came from Victor Terreri, his first as a Colt.
Niederberger stopped 22 of 26 shots to notch his first win as an OHL goalie. Owen Sound Attack travels to Barrie next Thursday for the Colts third game of the season.
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