The MSC Minor Midget Barrie Colts won their first ever OMHA series this week, beating the Markham Waxers in game 5. The final score was 6-2 with three empty net markers in the final 2 minutes. Until that time it was a fast end-to-end affair. James Mense-Dietrich opened the scoring from Dakota Hynes. Max Healy put the Colts ahead again on a beautiful feed from Devon Gillham. Ben Skuce potted the winner from Healy. Ryan Young cemented the victory, twice, with a pair of empty Net goals. Austin Fischer added another insurance marker. T.J. Sherwood was outstanding in net for the win.
Barrie scored a 6-0 shutout victory in the first game of the OMHA playoffs in Markham. Ben Skuce clicked into overdrive with a pair of goals and an assist. Ben Hughes had three assists while Max Healy scored twice and Cray Roberge had a goal and an assist. Ian Andriano stopped 20 shots and added an assist. Austin Fischer scored and also added an assist. James Mense-Dietrich added a helper.
Markham tied the series in game two with a 3-1 victory. Drake Board scored Barrie’s only goal from Young and Gillham.
Barrie dropped a 4-3 decision on Saturday to fall behind in the series. Gillham, Healy and Brayden Laurin scored. Young, Mense-Dietrich, Fischer and Hynes added helpers.
With their backs to the wall, the Colts headed back to Markham for their biggest game of the season. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation time. Ben Hughes broke the tie on a great play by Young to even the series. Young opened the scoring unassissted. Skuce also scored from Mense-Dietrich and Healy.
Barrie will face the Whitby Wildcats in the next round of the OMHA playoffs, and the series will kick-off Saturday February 25, 2012 at the Innisfil Rec Centre Red at 7:00 pm, the rest of the playoff schedule is as follows;
2 Monday Feb. 27 9:00pm IPSC 3
3 Wednesday Feb. 29 8:00pm East Bayfield Purple
4 Friday Mar. 2 9:00pm McK 2
5 Sunday Mar. 4 7:40pm Holly #1
Thanks, Janet for the update.
Let’s go Colts!!
The Modern Sales Cooperative Minor Midget AAA Barrie Colts closed out their regular season with a 19 game undefeated streak and in sole possession of first place. The Colts who haven’t lost since November 19, 2011. finished off the season with 22 Wins, 5 loses and 7 ties for 51 points and First place in the ETA – West Division.
In the final four games, Barrie has beaten Ajax-Pickering Raiders twice in a home-and-home affair as well as the North Central Predators and the South Central Coyotes.
Max Healy led the way at home against Ajax with a goal and an assist, Drake Board scored a pair and Ben Skuce added a goal and an assist. Ryan Hyndman rounded out the scoring. Ian Andriano was solid between the pipes for the win. Ryan Young, Cray Roberge, Ryan Marks, James Mense-Dietrich and Austin Fischer added assists.
Back in Ajax, the feel was similar as Barrie skated to a 5-3 victory. Board had three points (2G, 1A), Young, Hyndman and Roberge chipped in with singles. Nick Chaykowsky, Marks and Skuce added helpers.
The Colts clinched first place, beating the North Central Predators 9-5 in a chippy affair. The Predators were fighting for a playoff spot and opened the scoring early. Barrie answered back with three but the game was tied at 4’s early in the third period. Barrie hit the board five more times to outdistance their opponent. The big scorers, did just that, with Healy getting two goals and two assists while Mense-Dietrich scored once and setting up two more. Sean Anderson, Roberge and Ben Hughes each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Devon Gillham, Hyndman and Dakota Hynes rounded out the offense. Quade Butler, Young, Skuce, Board and Marks each added helpers.
Barrie handled the South Central Coyotes 4-2 in a final game that had no significance. It was a disciplined affair with T.J. Sherwood adding to the “win” column. Gillham had a pair of goals while Young added a pair of assists. Hyndman and Chaykowsky added single goals. Healy, Butler and Board added assists.
Barrie will face the Markham Waxers in the first round of the OMHA playoffs, and the Playoffs will kick-off Tuesday February 14, 2012 at the Barrie Molson Centre at 6:30 pm, the rest of the playoff schedule is as follows;
15-Feb WED 9:00pm Markham Village
18-Feb SAT 7:00pm Innisfil Rec Centre Red
19-Feb SUN 6:00pm Markham Village
22-Feb WED 8:00pm East Bayfield Purple
Thanks, Janet for the update.
Let’s go Colts!!
Team hasn’t been defeated since mid-November
By STEPHEN SWEET – Special to the Examiner
Posted 4 days ago
A lot has happened in the sporting world since Nov. 19.
Two Barrie Colts were selected to Canada’s national junior team.
The B.C. Lions won the Grey Cup on home turf.
And the NBA ended its lockout and began an abbreviated season.
One thing, though, still hasn’t occurred.
A regular-season defeat for the Barrie Colts minor midget ‘AAA’ squad.
“Our last loss was on our road trip out to Kingston, when we lost to (Quinte),” said Colts head coach Steven Farquharson. “Since then, we haven’t lost a regular-season game.”
In their past 16 contests, the Colts have drawn six and won 10, including a key 5-1 victory over Ajax/Pickering Raiders on Wednesday night.
“I think we played hard, got pucks deep and kept taking the man,” said Barrie defenceman Ryan Marks. “We went hard the whole game.”
He was the one who opened the scoring in the second period, on a shot that deflected off of a Raiders player and in.
“We were all over them at the start, and I think (the goal) really opened the floodgates for us,” Marks said.
When they pulled ahead, goaltender Ian Andriano came up with some big stops, including a post-to-post move to rob the Raiders on a two-man power play.
“Our goaltending’s been real solid for us,” said Farquharson of the combination of Andriano and T.J. Sherwood. “Games like this, big games where we need it, they come up big for us.”
Drake Board had a pair of goals for Barrie, while Ben Skuce and Max Healy had the other markers in a big win over a close divisional rival.
“We’re fighting with these guys and the (York-Simcoe Express) to hold on to the top spot (in the division), and our guys played hard until the end of the third period,” Farquharson said.
Their run over the past two-and-a-half months hasn’t gone unnoticed, either, as the Colts are currently ranked ninth on the OHL Cup’s province-wide top-10 list.
“That’s a great feeling and it’s great to be known,” Board said. “We were an honourable mention for a bit, and then we tied a few games.
“I thought we’d be off of it (after that), but actually, we moved up to ninth.”
They’ve held their ground on the rankings list for three weeks now.
“Every week, when we see we’re on there, we announce it in practice, and the kids all tap their sticks,” Farquharson said.
But then, the real work kicks in.
“They all know that the hardest part is to stay on there,” Farquharson said. “There are so many other teams, even in our league, where we’re the only ones on it, so the boys know they have to work hard to stay on there.”
That means keeping their focus.
“We just take the games one at a time,” Board said. “We look at each game like we have to win that one to stay in first.”
That hasn’t required too much imaginative work, given that the Colts currently sit tied for the top spot with York Central, albeit with a game in hand.
“With three games left in the season, we have to keep grinding hard through the games and just keep finding a way to pull out a win,” Marks said.
Keeping that must-win mentality has helped the Colts push forward. “That’s one thing about our team right now,” Farquharson said. “We’re playing desperate hockey, even though we’re in first place.”
And they’re willing to do whatever it takes to stay there.
“We’re working hard, and we’re definitely working hard in practice,” Board said. “One practice we just bag-skated, and I don’t know, but I think that helped us in the long run.”
And success in this year’s OMHA playoffs could mean an additional tournament at the end.
“If we make it to the OHL Showcase Cup in the spring, that’d be perfect,” Board said. “We can all be showcased there and hopefully get scouted.”
BARRIE – After recently cracking the OHL Cup Top Ten standings and coming in with a 13 game unbeaten streak, the Minor Midget Barrie Colts should have easily grabbed two points from the North Central Predators last Saturday. Should have, but didn’t.
The team tied 2-2.
Playing the role of the home team at the Innisfil Recreation Complex, the Colts had won their last five games and were locked in a three way tie for first overall in the league. Defeating a Predators squad that had lost three of their last four and were struggling to get into the upcoming playoffs, seemed like a matter of just showing up.
Coach Steve Farquharson was the first to admit that his team failed to do just that.
“We’re facing a team here tonight that is at least 20 points behind us and we don’t even show up, that’s unacceptable,” Farquharson said. “What this game did show is that a team may not be on our skill level, at least on paper, but they worked hard and obviously practiced hard, and came away with a point instead of none.”
The last time these two teams faced each other also saw the result of a tie game. After handily putting away several squads that are within a couple of points of his Colts, the frustrated coach thinks he knows why the close games with lesser teams are happening.
“Our guys seem to think that they can let off the gas when a team from the lower part of the standings is on the other side of the ice,” said Farquharson. “The problem is the lack of a point that we should have got tonight could mean the difference between first and third in the playoff seeding.”
A physical game from the opening face-off, the two teams shared heavy checks throughout the first period but saw little in the way of penalties.
With eight minutes left in the opening frame, the Colts took the lead on a goal by Brayden Laurin with assists by Dakota Hynes and Ryan Young. Superb stick-handling by Young and a great finish by Laurin gave the crowd the feeling like the Colts had woken up and were going to start the second period refreshed and ready to go.
Goalie Ian Adriano had made some brilliant saves throughout the first and most of the second periods. But traffic in front of him with five minutes left in the second helped North Central’s Marty Lawlor sneak one past the netminder.
“He kept us in this game and without Ian we may not have gotten out of here with a tie,” said Farquharson. “Our goalies are the only ones that show up day in and day out which is unfortunate because we give them a result like this.”
The second period had a few more penalties and noticeably more aggression. A couple of roughing penalties to both teams had started some bad blood that promised to carry on into the third.
Max Healy scored an early go-ahead goal for the Colts with helpers from Nick Chaykowsky and James Mense-Dietrich.
Proving that no lead is safe no matter how much time is left, the Predators pulled their goalie and Darren Nesbitt scored with 46 seconds left to tie the game and leave a dejected Colts netminder thinking about the last goal.
“I wish I could have that one back,” said Adriano. “It’s not the result we wanted but maybe this will show us that any team can win on any night. We have to be ready to play all the time.”
Those sentiments were shared by defenseman Chaykowsky who believes they’ll be ready for their next game.
“We have to practice harder because that carries over into the game,” he said. “We didn’t play that awful, but when a team is as hard working as North Central was tonight, we have to be ready.”
The Colts host the Clarington Toros on Jan. 29 at the Holly Community Centre at 7 p.m.
The Modern Sales Cooperative (MSC) Minor Midget AAA Colts had another busy weekend playing three games in three nights and taking six points.
Barrie played a home and home series with the Central Ontario Wolves from Lindsay. They were away on Saturday and played a wide open score fest, ending 6-5. James Mense-Dietrich lead the way with a 5 point night (2G, 3A) with Max Healy getting four points (2G. 2A). Ryan Hyndman opened the scoring and added an assist. Sean Anderson added 2 assists. Devon Gillham rounded out the scoring and Ben Skuce and Nick Chaykowsky added an assists.
The Wolves returned to Barrie on Sunday in a defensive battle. It was a scoreless tie at the end of two periods in a goaltender dual with rivals from Minor Pee Wee. Gillham and Hyndman solved the Wolves goaltending. Healy, Ryan Young and Ryan Marks added assists. Ian Andriano got the shutout for Barrie in a 2-0 decision.
The Colts traveled to Markham and completed the season sweep with a likely playoff opponent, the Markham Waxers. Trailing 1-0 Mense-Dietrich struck to tie the game late in the second frame. Marks got the game winner on a 5 on 3 power play giving Barrie a 2-1 victory. T.J. Sherwood played exceptionally well in net. Young, Marks and Drake Board got assists.
Thanks Janet for the update…look at the cute little monkey playing hockey, I found the picture in an old family photo album!! :)