The Barrie Colts displayed a strong finishing touch on their road trip through Michigan. After pouring in five goals in the third period in a come-from-behind 7-3 win at Saginaw on Oct. 19, the Colts were at it again on Oct. 21 at Flint.
Trailing 3-2 and heading into the final frame, Barrie scored four straight goals en route to a 6-4 win over the Firebirds. Ben Hawerchuk and Jaden Peca, with a pair each, Nathan Allensen and Ryan Suzuki, back after missing two games with an unspecified injury, scored for the Colts (7-5-1) who have won four of their last five games.
Kyle Harris, Jake Durham, Ty Dellandrea and Jacob Winterton, just before the final buzzer, replied for Flint (0-11), the OHL’s lone team yet to record a point in the standings.
Barrie didn’t wait long to tie it up in third, scoring just 16 seconds in when Suzuki found Chiodo, who slid it across the crease to a Hawerchuk for the easy tap in and his second of the game. The overager now leads the Colts with nine goals, five of those coming in the last five games.
The Colts ran away with it after that, with Suzuki and Peca scoring a little more than a minute apart. Allensen iced the win with his first of the season at 14:55 on a wrister from the high slot. Suzuki and Allensen added two assists each to both finish with three-point games.
Maxsim Zhukov made 23 saves to pick up his second-straight win in goal for Barrie. Luke Cavallin kicked aside 33 of 39 shots in the loss for Flint.
Hawerchuk isn’t the only Colt on a tear of late. With his two helpers against Flint, Justin Murray has recorded five goals and five assists for 10 points in his last five games. The Barrie captain now has five goals and seven assists on the year and his 12 points has him tied with Guelph’s Ryan Merkley for fourth in OHL scoring among defenceman. Three Colts are among the league’s top-scoring blue liners. Tyler Tucker leads all defenceman with four goals and 15 points, while Joey Keane is just outside the top 10 with nine points.
The road trek for the Colts continues on Oct. 25, when they take on the North Bay Battalion for the first time this season. It’ll mark the eighth time in 10 games that Barrie has played away from home.
The Colts close out the month on Oct. 27 against the Windsor Spitfires at the Barrie Molson Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Photo: Ben Hawerchuk kept up his hot scoring of late, finding the back of the net five times in his last five games. He leads all Barrie scorers with nine goals this season. Terry Wilson/OHL Images photo