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Scheifele scores with 38.6 seconds left to lead Colts past Petes 4-3

By Stephen Sweet, Special to Postmedia Network

The Barrie Colts were able to pull it out when it really mattered.

Tied late in the contest and with the potential to be the third game in the last four to go to overtime, Barrie found a way to end the match on schedule.

Mark Scheifele wired home a rebound with 38.6 seconds to go as the Colts nipped the Peterborough Petes 4-3 on Saturday night.

"We didn't want to go to overtime," Scheifele said.

"(Anthony) Camara made a great shot on net and it happened to pop to me, and I'm just thankful to pop it home."

The late goal allowed the Colts to escape a contest in which they didn't get the complete effort they were looking for.

"We know we can win and be clutch down the stretch, but we have to be able to play a full 60 minutes," Scheifele said.

Barrie's first-period play was both spectacular and deplorable, depending on which end it was in.

Defensively, the Colts gave the puck away several times, including a pair of turnovers at their own blue line.

The latter one would cost the Colts, as Francis Menard picked off the pass and broke in alone.

Barrie starter Alex Fotinos made the first stop, but Menard, who had no one on him, shoved the rebound through the goalie and in to give Peterborough first blood.

The Colts were outshot heavily in the opening period, but would make up for that - and the scoring deficit - thanks to a fantastic effort by Andreas Athanasiou.

Breaking up the ice on a man advantage, the speedy forward would go outside, inside and through three Petes defenders in succession before being stymied by Peterborough netminder Andrew D'Agostini.

But Josh MacDonald was trailing the play and found a wide-open chance that he wouldn't miss, tying the game at 1-1.

"(Alex) Lepkowski gave me a nice pass and I had a lot of speed," Athanasiou said. "I caught the first guy flat-footed.

"I saw the other defenceman coming over and I thought I might as well give it a toe-drag, and it worked out there."

Barrie would take the lead on another power play, when Camara scored his league-leading fifth goal with the man advantage, sweeping a rebound attempt under D'Agostini.

The Colts couldn't leave the period with the lead though, as a defensive breakdown, which saw Michael Webster's stick flung into Fotinos as he made the initial stop, ended with Eric Cornel going around the Barrie goalie and roofing an in-tight chance for his first-career OHL goal.

"They were sitting back a bit and I think we we're trying to get too fancy," Scheifele said. "Obviously, it was a little sloppy of a game."

In the second period, the Colts still ran into some problems in their own end, but for the most part, it wasn't a problem.

Peterborough did manage to get the go-ahead goal thanks to Steven Trojanovic.

The Petes defenceman blasted a shot from the point that appeared to deflect off of a Colts forward at the point of impact, crossing up Fotinos as it beat him.

"Everyone has to come to play, and I think we got a little off track and sloppy at times," Athanasiou said.

The Peterborough lead would be short-lived though, thanks to yet another Barrie power-play goal.

Some good possession in the offensive zone saw the puck get back to Aaron Ekblad, who wired a shot that beat D'Agostini, but hit the post.

Fortunately, Athanasiou was in place at the side of the goal to, this time, be the beneficiary of some nice puck work.

He blasted home the rebound attempt, tying the game at 3-3 through 40 minutes.

Barrie took 30 shots on goal in the first two periods, but that doesn't include close to a dozen attempts that were fired into the shin pads of Petes defenders.

Peterborough appeared to be doing a good job of keeping the Colts at bay, slowing down a third period that didn't see too many quality chances.

But Barrie began buzzing around the net in the game's final few minutes, creating opportunities.

It would be rewarded when Camara came down the wing on a wide angle and put a shot on D'Agostini that the netminder couldn't control, allowing Scheifele to bury the winner.

The victory gave Barrie its fourth win in a row, and made it the second consecutive weekend that the Colts have gone unbeaten.

"We're a real good team here," Athanasiou said. "We come together when we need to, and if we can bring that every shift of every period, we'll dominate a lot of teams."

Barrie's next contest is at home on Thursday night against the Saginaw Spirit.


Josh MacDonald: 1G, 1A

Andreas Athanasiou: 1G, 1A

Anthony Camara: 1G, 1A

Alex Lepkowski: 2A

Mark Scheifele: 1G

Zach Hall: 1A

Steven Beyers: 1A

Aaron Ekblad: 1A

Alex Fotinos: 35 saves





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