With the struggling Barrie Colts in need of a lift after kicking off the weekend with tough back-to-back one-goal losses, Kai Edmonds delivered in a big way.
The second-year goaltender put on a stellar performance, turning aside all 35 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season and lead Barrie to a 4-0 win over the Kingston Frontenacs in OHL action, Jan. 26, at the Barrie Molson Centre. Luke Bignell, Dalton Duhart, Jacob Tortora and Aidan Brown scored for the Colts (20-24-2-0), who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved to within five points of North Bay for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
“The two points were absolutely huge,” said Edmonds, helping his teammates finish the weekend on a positive note after closes losses to Hamilton and Mississauga. “At this point in the season every point counts and that was a big game and a big win.”
Edmonds made several big saves, especially in the third period when the Frontenacs, down 3-0, pressured to get back in the game. The 18-year-old was determined to nail down the shutout, which would be just the second of his young career.
“It was on my mind and then you start maybe thinking about it too much,” said the six-foot-two, 164-pound native of Carlsbad Springs, ON., who was making his first start in three games. “I was just trying to stay focused and stay in the moment.”
Kingston (12-34-1-0), which sits dead last in the Eastern Conference standings, has now dropped 11 of its last 12 games. The struggling club has scored a league fewest 111 goals in 46 games, but they had several chances against Edmonds only to be turned away time-after-time by the game’s first star.
“We did have a nice lead, but they didn’t really give up all game long,” Edmonds said of Kingston. “They just kept coming in waves.”
The Colts complete a busy January home schedule on Jan. 31 when they host the Sarnia Sting. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Photo: Kai Edmonds stopped all 35 shots he faced to help the Barrie Colts snap a three-game skid with a 4-0 blanking of the Kingston Frontenacs, Jan. 26, at the Barrie Molson Centre. Terry Wilson/OHL Images