The Barrie Colts won’t be participating in this year’s OHL playoffs.
The host Owen Sound Attack made sure of that, ending the Colts slim playoff chances with a 5-1 win, Mar. 13, at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
After a 6-2 loss in North Bay the evening before dropped them five points back of the Battalion for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings, a rebuilding team Barrie team needed to win all three of its remaining games, while having North Bay lose its final three games of the season this weekend.
Ben Hawerchuk had the lone goal for the Colts (26-36-3-1), who will miss the playoffs for only the third time in the franchise’s 24-year history.
Cade Robinson scored twice to lead the way offensively for the Attack (30-30-4-2), which also got markers from Adam McMaster, Manuel Alberg and Kaleb Pearson. Owen Sound clinched sixth place in the Western Conference standings with the win. They have two games remaining in the regular season schedule.
Mack Guzda stopped 17 of 18 shots to pick up the win in goal for Owen Sound, improving his record this season to 19-18-4-1. Rookie Jet Greaves made 31 saves in the loss for Barrie.
The Colts host the Niagara IceDogs on Saturday night (Mar. 16 at 7:30 p.m.) at the Barrie Molson Centre, before closing out their season on the road the following afternoon against the Mississauga Steelheads.
ICE CHIPS: Saturday’s contest against Niagara will mark the final home game for Barrie overage forward Ben Hawerchuk. The fifth-year forward is enjoying his best season with a career-high 27 goals and 49 points. . . Saturday’s contest is also Barrie’s annual St. Patrick Day’s game, with the club sporting its annual green jerseys. The Colts will hold their annual game jersey auction immediately following the contest.
photo: Ben Hawerchuk and the Barrie Colts playoff hopes were officially dashed with a 5-1 loss to the Owen Sound Attack, Mar. 13, at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Terry Wilson/OHL Images