Will Wolves corral Colts?

Back-to-back tussles with the Owen Sound Attack, Thursday and Saturday, seem to confirm what many suspect: that the 2010/11 OHL campaign is a rebuilding one for the Barrie Colts.
Coming out of the second tilt against the Attack, Saturday in Owen Sound, the Colts one win is increasingly becoming a stranger in a rush of losses – now totalling eight. Barrie sits at the bottom of the eastern conference’s central division with two points, a far cry from the squad that went to the finals last spring before succumbing to the Taylor Hall-led Windsor Spitfires, the eventual winners of the Memorial Cup.
On Thursday, the Colts were simply out-skated, out-muscles, out-scored, and out-played in every aspect of the game. Not until the early moments of the third period did the Colts show some spark, when Taylor Carnevale connected on a power play for his first of the season.
It was a short-lived rally, with the Attack scoring less than a minute later. Mostly, Colts’ goalie Peter Di Salvo was left to fend for himself as the Attack went on to an easy 6-2 win; Trent Hawke provided Barrie its second tally in the fruitless effort.
On Saturday, the Colts put in a better effort, scoring five times and battling back from a 4-1 deficit, but still not enough to win, as the Attack took advantage of a porous Colts’ defense and leaky goaltending to post a 7-5 win.
The Attack, ranked ninth in the CHL, sits atop the mid-west division with eight wins and one loss, for 16 points.
Colts’ goals in Owen Sound came from Darren Archibald, with his fifth of the year, Colin Behenna, with his second, Mark Scheifele, his fourth, and Taylor Carnevale, with his second.
The Colts next see action Thursday night at the Barrie Molson Centre against the Sudbury Wolves, who come to town with an 8-1-6 record, one point ahead of the Colts.

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