Barrie Colts fall to Sudbury Wolves
SUDBURY - The Barrie Colts faced their Central Division rivals Sunday and despite a strong start, lost the match 4-2.
The Sudbury Wolves didn't start well and were being outshot 12-3 when Aaron Ekblad opened the scoring for the Barrie Colts when his hard slap shot went through a crowd and beat a screened Franky Palazzese clean in the Sudbury goal at 13:16.
The Wolves evened the score on a nice play by Connor Crisp, who left the puck for Jeff Corbett, who beat Mackenzie Blackwood with a nice shot from the right slot at 17:30 of the first period with the teams playing four-on-four hockey.
Barrie led 15-8 in shots after the first after enjoying five power plays.
The Colts went ahead 2-1 again on the strength of another Ekblad point shot. Palazzese got in front of the initial drive, but couldn't handle the rebound, which went to Cordell James, who poked it behind the Sudbury netminder at 9:13 of the second frame.
Shots after the second period were 29-23 for Barrie.
The Wolves tied the game when Danny Desrochers put a wrist shot past Blackwood on a three on one 1:49 into the third.
Baptiste's shot from slot went off Ekblad's stick and past Blackwood at 15:12 of the third for the game winner. It was Baptiste's 28th goal of the season.
Crisp made another unselfish play to feed Faksa for easy empty netter with 25.8 left in the third period.
Shots on goal finished 36-35 in favour of Sudbury.
Kyle Capobianco, Brody Silk and David Zeppieri were the Wolves' scratches Sunday ... Fixter put his old first line of Baptiste, Nathan Pancel and Mat Campagna back together Sunday, but the trio only stuck together until partway through the second period ... Campagna didn't get a single shift in the third period ... Connor Burgess got a promotion to start the game, playing the wing alongside Faksa and Crisp for the opening faceoff, but rejoined linemates Nathan Cull and Matt Schmalz for the remainder of the game ... Baptiste acknowledged Wolves' ownership in a post-game interview. “Happy birthday Mark Burgess,” he said when asked if he had anything to add.
The Wolves return to action Thursday when they travel to Barrie to meet the Colts yet again at the Barrie Molson Centre. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
* with files from Bruce Heidman