Coach Dale Hawerchuk wanted his players to put on the hard hat and go straight to work. The Colts didn’t disappoint, putting in a strong effort from start to finish in a convincing 6-1 win over the Windsor Spitfires, Oct. 27, at the Barrie Molson Centre.
Lucas Chiodo scored a pair of goals and an assist and Ryan Suzuki also netted a three-point night (1G, 2A) for the Colts (8-6-1), who got a complete effort from the entire lineup.
“We’ve got some skill and that, but, I think if we don’t put our work boots on, we’re not going to get the results we want,” said the Hawerchuk. “I thought tonight we really put the work boots on and maybe brought out the lunch pails. We were ready to go.”
Matej Pekar, with his OHL-leading fourth shorthanded goal, Tyson Foerster and Jason Willms also scored for the Colts, who jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period and never looked back.
Former Barrie Colts draft pick Matthew MacDougall had the lone goal for the Spitfires (5-8-0-1), who have now dropped four straight after beating the Colts, 4-3, at home, a little more than a week ago.
It was a nice bounce-back effort for Barrie, who dropped a 4-1 decision two nights earlier in North Bay. The Colts, the OHL’s most penalized team, got off to a solid start, only to run into penalty trouble and a Battalion squad that ensured they paid the price with three power-play goals.
The Colts did a much better job of staying out of the box early on against the Spitfires.
“I think we got off quick in North Bay and then we got in penalty trouble,” Hawerchuk said. “We got off our game and that caused a lot of it. There was a lot of indecision. We talked about being strong right from the first minute to the 60th (against Windsor) and I thought we did a good job of that.”
Barrie is in the middle of a stretch that has them playing 11 of 13 games on the road. The game against Windsor was only the third home game of the month for the Colts, who head back out starting Nov. 1 in Sarnia. They don’t return to the Barrie Molson Centre again until a Nov. 10 date against Ottawa.
“I think the guys were probably excited about that,” Hawerchuk said of his team getting to play in front of a home crowd. “They were on the road quite a bit. It’s good though, to build some camaraderie. But it’s always nice to come home.”
ICE CHIPS: Second-year defenceman Nathan Allensen was a scratch Saturday for the first time this season. “We’re rotating the defence a little bit,” Hawerchuk said. “They’ve all been playing pretty good, so we’re trying to keep everybody going. Nate’s obviously a huge part of our team and tonight we decided to go with our guys. He’ll be back.”. . . Maxsim Zhukov made 30 saves to pick up his fifth win in goal for Barrie. . . Justin Murray was handed a five-minute blindsiding major and game misconduct for a hit on Cole Purboo midway through the third period.
Photo: Barrie Colts rookie forward Tyson Foerster scored his second goal to help the Barrie Colts defeat the Windsor Spitfires at the Barrie Molson Centre. Terry Wilson/OHL Images photo