The OHL Championship Series continued with the Barrie Colts welcoming the London Knights for Game 3 at the Barrie Molson Centre. The Colts would take care of business on home ice doubling up the Knights 6-3 and now hold a 2-1 series lead.
The Colts got on the board to grab a 1-0 lead with Zach Hall scoring just 35 seconds into the game. Colts forward Mark Scheifele won an offensive zone face-off directly to Hall who made no mistake slapping the puck home past netminder Anthony Stolarz.
The Knights responded on a pretty passing play to tie the game at one goal apiece. Ryan Rupert finished the play with Alex Broadhurst and Chris Tierney earning the assists.
Barrie would restore their lead as Scheifele gathered a rebound from a Camara shot attempt near the front of the goal and backhanded the puck by Knights goaltender, Anthony Stolarz.
The Colts got into penalty trouble and found themselves down two men short midway through the frame. The Knights took advantage as Olli Maatta one-timed a puck by Colts goaltender, Mathias Niederberger to tie the game 2-2. London out shot Barrie 14-13 after twenty minutes.
Barrie began the second period on the power play as Max Domi took a high-sticking minor at the end of the first frame and the Colts took advantage of it. Hall scored his second of the game by banking the puck off the skate of Stolarz from the corner.
The Colts got some much needed insurance with Alex Lepkowski notching his second of the playoffs to give the Colts a 4-2 lead early in the third period. His wrist shot from the point got through traffic and found its way into the back of the net. Scheifele and Hall registered the assists on the goal.
Knights forward, Seth Griffith scored a late power play marker to cut the Colts lead to 4-3 but Andreas Athanasiou made sure no comeback would happen. He scored to restore Barrie’s lead back to 5-3 with minutes remaining off a London turnover.
The Colts would go on to defeat the London Knights by a final score of 6-3. Mark Scheifele finished the game with 5 points and continues to lead the playoff scoring race with 34 points. Zach Hall also had a big night picking up 2 goals and 1 assist for the Colts while Mathias Niederberger recorded his 14th victory of the post season making 29 saves.
The Rogers OHL Championship series will continue on Wednesday May 8th when the two teams meet at the Barrie Molson Centre for Game 4. Puck drop is set for 7:30p.m.
SCOTIABANK THREE STARS
1) Mark Scheifele
2) Zach Hall
3) Ryan Rupert
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