The Barrie Colts were riding a high after a pair of wins in the opening week of the OHL season, including last Saturday’s 6-2 victory over the London Knights who came in listed as the top team in the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 Rankings.
That all came crashing down Thursday night at the Colts Centre. Barrie took it on the chin and then some, getting throttled 10-0 by the Owen Sound Attack.
Fresh off being ranked No. 7 in this week’s CHL Top 10 and with top forward Ryan Suzuki back in the lineup after being returned by the Carolina Hurricanes, the Colts (2-1-0-0) learned that all means nothing if the effort isn’t there.
It wasn’t and the Colts paid dearly. Especially goaltender Jet Greaves, who got no help from his teammates en route to giving up all 10 goals.
“They were ready to play,” Colts head coach Warren Rychel said of the Attack. “They outworked us, they outplayed us, they outsmarted us, so there’s not much to say. I feel bad for Jet. There as no right or wrong reason to pull him. There was no real good time. You didn’t want to put a guy in cold and I wanted Jet to stick it out. It wasn’t good.
“I haven’t been involved in one of these (blowouts) in a long, long time and you just got to throw it in the garbage. That’s all you can do.. It’s one loss and we’ll recover. The older guys didn’t play well tonight. Maybe they took a look at the rankings or whatever went on there was not a lot of compete. I think only two guys showed up today.”
A lack of discipline certainly didn’t help Barrie. Veteran defenceman Tyler Tucker was tossed in the first period after being handed a five-minute kneeing major and game misconduct and it piled up from there. The Colts gave up six power-play goals, including four alone in a third period that saw them carve out a steady path to the penalty box.
Rychel was none too happy with the lack of discipline, which included veterans Matej Pekar, Jacob Tortora, who was handed a match penalty for slashing late in the game, and Tucker taking bad penalties.
“A lot of stupid penalties, a lot of guys didn’t show up,” he said. “Maybe they thought (Suzuki) came back and everything was going to be easier, that was obviously not the case.”
Sergey Popov led the way for the Attack (1-0-0-1) with a goal and five assists, while linemate Aidan Dudas had a goal and four helpers. Brady Lyle, with a pair, Ethan Burroughs, Barret Kirwin, Kirill Nizhnikov, Daylon Groulx, Igor Chibrikov and Carter Robertson rounded out the scoring for Owen Sound, which scored six times in the third.
Mack Guzda stopped all 22 shots to record his first shutout of the season.
The Colts will look to get back on track Saturday night when they host the Mississauga Steelheads.
“(This game) humbles everyone and that’s just a perfect example of it,” Rychel said of the blowout. “The only good thing to say about this is you’ll probably see a good (Barrie) team come out on Saturday. I guarantee you’ll see a real good hockey team come out on Saturday night. It’s hard to swallow, but the only good thing out of his is it’s only one loss in the column, not five losses.
“I feel bad for our goalie, we didn’t work for him. We hung him out to dry and stupid penalties came one right after the other and guys on the penalty kill didn’t want to block shots. Not going to block shots, you’re not going to play.”
Game time Saturday is 7:30 p.m.
PHOTO: Tyler Tucker and the Barrie Colts took it on the chin Thursday night, falling 10-0 to the Owen Sound Attack at the Colts Centre. Tucker had a short night after being handed a kneeing major and game misconduct in the first period. Terry Wilson/OHL Images