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Series Recap: Colts need seven to hook Steelheads

Justin Scott of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Result

The Mississauga Steelheads were a picture perfect example of their namesake in their first round OHL playoff series. They were supposed to be an easy catch for the Barrie Colts, but ended up giving them a real struggle. The Eastern Conference’s number two team needed all seven games to reel in its opponent.

Barrie was the heavy favourite going into the series, beating their divisional rival 11 of 12 times in the regular season. Game one followed the regular series trend, as the Colts took a 5-2 victory. The fish showed some fight on the road in game two though, picking up a 6-3 win to tie it heading home. Game three at the Hershey Centre was a 4-3, double-overtime thriller, which helped the Steelheads to their first lead in the series. Barrie netminder Mackenzie Blackwood would suffer an injury in the game, but returned later in the series. Game four also needed bonus hockey, but it was the visiting Colts squeaking out the 6-5 win, thanks in large part to a four-goal performance from Justin Scott.

The goaltenders took over in games five and six. With Blackwood out, Barrie back-up David Ovsjannikov made 30 saves in a 3-0 game five win, putting the Colts back in front. Then in game six it was Jack Flinn’s turn, as he stopped all 24 shots he faced in a 7-0 landslide, to help the Steelheads force game 7. The deciding game started in favour of the fish, which had to battle a hostile Barrie Molson Centre crowd, to go up went up 1-0. But Scott got fired up again with his team on the ropes and netted another hat-trick, to finish the series with 10 goals and push Barrie through.

Barrie’s Kevin LeBanc (who had 127 regular season points) finished the series with 12 points, tied with Mississauga rooked Alexander Nylander, who had 12 of his own.

Top Performers

Barrie
Kevin LeBanc – 7 GP, 4 G, 8 A, 12 PTS, +8
Justin Scott – 7 GP, 10 G, 0 A, 10 PTS, +11
Rasmus Andersson – 7 GP, 2G, 7 A, 9 PTS, +4

Mississauga
Alexander Nylander – 6 GP, 6 G, 6 A, 12 PTS, +1
Daniel Muzito-Bagenda – 7 GP, 6 G, 4A, 10 PTS, -1
Michael McLeod – 7 GP, 3 G, 6A, 9 PTS, -2

Goalies

Barrie
Mackenzie Blackwood – 5 GP, (2-1-0), 2.85 GAA, .901 SV %, 0 SO
David Ovsjannikov – 4 GP, (2-1-1), 4.11 GAA, .868 SV %, 1 SO

Mississauga
Jack Flinn – 7 GP, (3-3-1), 2.82 GAA, .913 SV %, 1 SO

Series at a Glance

Game 1: Mississauga – 2 @ Barrie – 5
Game 2: Mississauga – 6 @ Barrie – 3
Game 3: Barrie – 3 @ Mississauga – 4 (2 OT)
Game 4: Barrie – 6 @ Mississauga – 5 (OT)
Game 5: Mississauga – 0 @ Barrie – 3
Game 6: Barrie – 0 @ Mississauga – 7
Game 7: Mississauga – 2 @ Barrie – 5

Barrie defeats Mississauga 4-3

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