The Barrie Colts had an opportunity to close out the OHL Championship Series against the London Knights but the game got away from them as the Knights defeated the Colts by a final score of 6-4. The Colts now lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 going back to Barrie on May 11th.
London jumped on the Colts midway through the first period with a goal by forward Seth Griffith. After receiving a pass from Max Domi in the high slot, he snapped a wrist shot that just squeaked by Colts goaltender, Mathias Niederberger.
The Knights added to their lead in the second period as Chris Tierney banged a loose puck home to give his team a 2-0 margin.
Barrie got on the board later in the frame as forward Mitchell Theoret one-timed the puck by the glove hand of Jake Patterson. The goal was set up by Mark Scheifele winning an offensive zone faceoff in London’s end of the rink to defenceman, Jonathan Laser who quickly made a pass to Theoret for the goal.
London then immediately responded with goals from Max Domi and Bo Horvat respectively. The goal from Horvat came on a Knights power play with him deflecting a pass from Olli Maatta through the legs of Niederberger. The Colts trailed 4-1 through two periods of play.
In the third period, Colts captain Ryan O’Connor wired a high slap shot by Patterson to close within two goals. Once again, Scheifele cleanly won an offensive zone faceoff and O’Connor took advantage of it closing the gap to 4-2.
The Knights then put the game essentially out of reach as Horvat took advantage of a Colts turnover and scored a short-handed goal to give London a 5-2 lead. His goal came on a breakaway chance and was his second of the game.
Colts forwards, Anthony Camara and Andreas Athanasiou added late third period goals for Barrie but they ultimately fell to the London Knights 6-4. Captain Ryan O’Connor scored a goal and added two assists for the games third star in a losing cause. London out shot Barrie 37-29 in the game.
The Colts will return to home ice at the Barrie Molson Centre on Saturday May 11th and will attempt to close out the OHL Championship series against the Knights. Puck drop is set for 7:35p.m.
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