Barrie left in the hole
The Barrie Colts head to Windsor down two games to the Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League final after losing 5-4, Thursday.
Dale Mitchell's wrist shot over the glove of Barrie goaltender Mavric Parks at 14:10 of the third period was the game-winner for the defending Memorial Cup champions.
"It's great to win two road games, but that doesn't mean anything if you don't back it up with a win (at home)," said Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner.
Barrie's Kyle Clifford, with his second of the game at 15:39 of the third, brought his Colts to within one goal, but the team couldn't capitalize on several chances in the waning moments of the game.
Windsor defenceman Mark Cundari, a St. Louis Blues draft pick, was the story in Game 2, recording a shorthanded goal and a pair of assists.
Cundari -- who scored with three minutes left in Game 1 to force overtime -- opened the scoring seven minutes into Game 2.
Cundari chalked up the win to his team's experience and confidence.
"We're a championship squad and we play to win," he said.
An ill-advised line change by Barrie defenceman Alex Pietrangelo led to a Scott Timmins breakaway at 7:48 of the third. Matt Stanisz came on with fresh legs, but the Barrie defender couldn't catch up to Timmins, who slipped the puck five-hole on Parks for his ninth of the playoffs.
"Our game was OK, but you can't give them breakaways like that," Barrie Colts head coach Marty Williamson said of his team's defensive lapses. "The goals were our blunders ... and they made us pay."
The series shifts back to Windsor for Game 3, Sunday, in a 4 p.m. start.
Windsor goal scorers were Cundari, Timmins, Mitchell, Marc Cantin and Zach Kassian. Replying for Barrie were Clifford (2), Alexander Burmistrov and Taylor Carnevale.
Windsor had numerous odd-man rushes that led to scoring chances.
A broken Barrie play led to a Kassian breakaway. He went backhand on the deke to beat Parks, putting Windsor up 3-1. His seventh of the post-season was assisted by Cundari, who sprang the power forward from the far blue line, at 10:46 of the second.
Barrie outshot Windsor, 37-22.
Barrie's Matt Kennedy, a native of nearby Horseshoe Valley, was denied on a stellar glove save by Windsor goalie Philipp Grubauer on a point-black wrist shot. He was also sprung on a breakaway early in third, but shot the puck into Grubauer's chest protector.
Windsor winger Justin Shugg hit the post on a 2-on-1 rush.
Hall also fed Shugg a nice pass two minutes into the third, but Parks made a nice pad save at the side of the net.
Announced attendance was 4,312.
Former Colts captain Bryan Little, whose Atlanta Thrashers failed to qualify for the NHL playoffs, received a loud ovation from the Barrie faithful as he came out to drop the puck during the ceremonial faceoff.
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Scratched from Barrie's lineup were Mitch Bennett, Zac Rinaldo, Zach Hall and Dalton McGrath.
Not dressed for Windsor were Saverio Posa and James Woodcroft.
The Colts completed a pair of trades leading up to Saturday's OHL Priority Selection. Barrie acquired two third-round draft picks from the Belleville Bulls in exchange for the Colts' third-round pick. The Barrie picks are 55th and 61st, while Belleville gets the 43rd overall pick. In a separate transaction, the Colts traded two picks in this year's draft -- fourth-and sixth-round picks -- to the London Knights in exchange for a ninth-round pick in 2011 from London, and a third-round pick in 2012 that originally belonged to the Windsor Spitfires. The OHL Priority Selection begins Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Barrie holds the 21st overall pick after finishing the regular season in first place. The Niagara IceDogs pick twice in the first round. The Sarnia Sting pick first overall. Fans can follow the draft live at www.ontariohockeyleague.com.