Mad Dog unleashed
The Barrie Colts will give the reigning national junior champion Windsor Spitfires some new looks in Game 3.
Barrie Colts goaltender Peter 'Mad Dog' Di Salvo, who had been shelved with a knee injury sustained in the second round of the playoffs, will start on Sunday, head coach Marty Williamson confirmed Friday evening.
"I just feel it's time for a change," Williamson said. "(Mavric Parks) has done a good job for us ... but hopefully Pete will give us a spark in there and, you know, a little more consistency."
Di Salvo, a 1 9 -y e a r-o l d Oakville native, required surgery after sustaining cartilage damage in his left knee in Game 2 against the Brampton Battalion. The injury happened when he pushed back against the post.
Barrie, down 2-0 in the Ontario Hockey League championship, goes into Windsor in a deep hole. The series winner punches their ticket to this year's Memorial Cup in Brandon, Man.
The overall game plan will also be tweaked slightly for a road game.
"Getting through the first 10 minutes, with the frenzy in the building, that's very important," Williamson said. "You try to quiet the building if you can. You need to work and you need to do the simple things. You don't want to be a high-risk team early and let the game develop."
At the Barrie Molson Centre, the key is to come out hard and get results early, the coach said.
"On the road, it's kind of the opposite -- get the pucks in deep and not take a lot of penalties early," he said.
Barrie power forward Zac Rinaldo also returns to the lineup Sunday after serving a 12-game suspension for a March 21 blind-side hit on Marcus Foligno in the opening round against the Sudbury Wolves.
"It'll be a good boost for us," Williamson said of Rinaldo's reinstatement. "He'll be very good on the forecheck and make them accountable."
The coach said Rinaldo brings the team some toughness, but also has some offensive pop.
"Rinaldo brings both: he can be an impact hitter, but he can also score some big goals for us."
Williamson said he hadn't decided who Rinaldo would line up with.
"We've got a couple of small injuries, so we just have to see how guys are and where everything is going to shake out for Sunday," he said.