Four goals in the final period made it a happy home opener for the Barrie Colts as they defeated the London Knights 6-2 in Barrie on Saturday night.
With the game tied 2-2, Tyson Foerster took a feed from Colts captain Jason Willms and ripped a shot past London goalie Jordan Kooy to break the tie and push the momentum in Barrie’s direction.
The game was made even more special by the sell-out crowd celebrating the start of the franchise’s 25th year in the Ontario Hockey League.
Two more goals from Matej Pekar to complete a hat trick and one from physical forward Luke Bignell put the game away for the Colts.
Up to that point the Knights had been putting a good road game plan to work. They had been using the boards, forechecking well and getting pucks at Vancouver Canucks prospect Arturs Silovs, who was making his OHL debut in the Barrie net. London fired 39 shots at Silovs in all.
After posting five assists in the pre-season, Antonio Stranges scored his first goal of the year for the Knights as he banged in a rebound just 2:44 into the first period. Willms tied the game for the Colts but Connor McMichael’s second goal in as many nights had London back in front before the end of the first period.
Pekar tied the game in the final stages of the second period for Barrie and set the stage for their offensive explosion in the final 20 minutes.
After scoring on opening night, London’s power play was kept quiet, going 0-for-4.
McMichael had a game-high nine shots on goal.