Fresh off recording his first OHL career hat trick and a standout six-point night in a 7-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads at the Colts Centre on Saturday night, Barrie Colts forward Tyson Foerster knew who exactly who to give credit to for his big game.
“It was really good,” said the game’s first star. “Ryan Suzuki helped a little bit there, but yeah it was really good.”
Asked if Suzuki, his linemate, told him to say that, Foerster didn’t hesitate.
“Oh yeah,” the second-year winger blurted out with a huge grin.
All kidding aside, the line of Suzuki between Foerster and Luke Bignell was dominant all night. Along with Suzuki’s goal and three helpers and a goal and assist from Bignell, the Barrie trio combined for 12 points and helped the Colts rebound from an embarrassing 10-0 blowout loss to Owen Sound two nights earlier.
“They were great,” Colts head coach Warren Rychel said of the line anchored by Suzuki, who played in his second game since returning from Carolina Hurricanes camp and signing his first NHL contract. “I don’t think Suzuki played that well his first game and that’s expected. I’ve seen that movie 100 times.
“They come back and don’t play that well right away, so it was a real good game by that line.”
The chemistry between Suzuki and Foerster on the ice was apparent all night. Playing with one of the OHL’s top playmakers suits Foerster just fine.
“He’s really skilled,” the 17-year-old said of the Hurricanes 17th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. “He’s really easy to play with because you can find him easily. He finds me really good, so it’s just all-around chemistry.”
Nathan Allensen and Jason Willms also scored for the Colts (3-1), who got another big performance in goal from rookie import Arturs Silovs with a 38-save effort.
Richard Whittaker, Thomas Harley and Keean Washkurak scored for the Steelheads (0-4). Mississauga goaltender Kai Edmonds, in his first return to Barrie since being dealt by the Colts earlier this summer, gave up seven goals on 35 shots.
Rychel was happy to see his team bounce back after a forgettable night against Owen Sound.
“We had a good start and we ready to play,” Rychel said. “We had a good morning skate. We tried something a little different this morning and it worked, but even when it was 4-0 Arturs mad some sick saves and kept us ahead.”
The Colts return to action next weekend when a road trip takes them to Sarnia on Friday night and to Windsor on Saturday, with Rychel facing his former club for the first time since he sold his share in the Spitfires ownership earlier this summer.
“A 3-1 record is a good start, but we’re going to have tough games in Sarnia and Windsor,” said the former Windsor general manager. “It’ll be good to get on the road here.”
PHOTO: Tyson Foerster had three goals and six points to lead the Barrie Colts to a 7-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads, Saturday night, at the Colts Centre. Terry Wilson/OHL Images