Dogs ice a win in Barrie

The contrast couldn’t have been more glaring. On the same night that last year’s record-snapping Barrie Colts were honoured at the Barrie Molson Centre, this year’s version of the team dropped their fourth game of the young season, losing 4-1 to the Niagara IceDogs.
Five games into the 2010/11 OHL season, the Colts have won one game, while losing four. Unless fortunes improve for the home side, it could be a long season for the team and their fans.
Three banners were hoisted to the rafters on Saturday, marking the success of last year’s squad that went all the way to the finals before being sidelined by the Windsor Spitfires. At one point last season, the Colts were ranked the top junior team in the country.
The banners marked last season’s team winning the Central Division and Eastern Conference titles, as well as the OHL’s top team in the regular season. However, the gulf between this team and last year’s squad is becoming more evident with each game.
The Colts managed 28 shots on IceDogs’ goalie John Chartrand, who proved stingy between the pipes, allowing a single tally. Dalton Prout scored the Colt’s lone ace.
Barrie had hoped to improve on Friday night’s match in Kitchener against the Rangers, when they lost 7-5. Alas, it was not to be as yet another third-period collapse handed Barrie back-to-back losses.
In Kitchener, Colin Behenna scored twice, as did Darren Archibald, while Tanner Pearson netted a single.
Colts next see action against the Owen Sound Attack, Thursday at the Barrie Molson Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
For schedule, click here; for team roster, click here.

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