Barrie Colts edged the Niagara IceDogs 6-5 Sunday afternoon at the Jack Gatecliff Arena.
The first period saw spirited play on both sides of the ice. Barrie took the lead at 7:10 but Niagara was undeterred and continued to push for their first goal. Brett Ritchie netted his 40th goal of the season to tie things up at 1-1. Before the end of the period, Barrie scored another to give them a 2-1 advantage going into the intermission. Shots on goal favoured Barrie 17-6 after the first period.
The second period got off to a quick start as under a minute into the period, Barrie extended their lead 3-1. Niagara fought back as Mack Lemmon fired his fourth of the year at the halfway point in the period, to cut the Barrie lead to one.
Ryan Strome tallie Niagara’s third goal of the game and his 100th goal as an IceDog to tie the game at 3-3. Barrie regained the lead two minutes later to make it 4-3. Fighting hard, Niagara’s Mack Lemmon picked up his second of the game to again tie things up at four with under a minute to play. The second period ended with both teams deadlocked at 4-4. Shots on goal in the period were 9-8 for Niagara.
The IceDogs came out strong in the third period as Carter Verhaeghe gave Niagara a 5-4 lead, at 8:09, on the powerplay. Midway through the third period, despite an outstanding effort by goaltender Chris Festarini, video review credited Barrie with their fifth goal of the game. With four minutes left to play, Barrie took the lead again.
The IceDogs will be back in action this upcoming Thursday, March 14th against the Brampton Battalion at 7 p.m, for the last home game of the regular season.
1. BAR M. Scheifele, (36) (S. Beyers, R. O’Connor), 7:10 (PP)
1. NIAG B. Ritchie, (40) (R. Strome, S. Shipley), 11:29
1. BAR E. Bradford, (17) (A. Ekblad, J. Laser), 14:45 2. BAR Z. Hall, (23) (M. Scheifele), 0:49 (SH)
2. NIAG M. Lemmon, (3) (C. Verhaeghe, B. Perlini), 9:36
2. NIAG R. Strome, (34) (B. Ritchie, S. Rover), 12:03 (SH)
2. BAR A. Camara, (36) (Z. Hall, M. Scheifele), 14:09
2. NIAG M. Lemmon, (4) (L. Mercer), 19:02
3. NIAG C. Verhaeghe, (18) (A. DiFruscia, B. Perlini), 8:03 (PP)
3. BAR M. Scheifele, (37) , 10:35
3. BAR M. Scheifele, (38) (S. Beyers), 16:22 (PP)