Do the Colts Have What it Takes?

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The Barrie Colts are one of the hottest teams in the OHL right now. Since the start of December the team has just 2 losses in 15 games, earning 26 out of a possible 30 points. At the trade deadline they added depth on defence, gaining a top 4 blueliner in Ben Harpur. As a Colts fan, there is good reason for optimism heading down the stretch, and it is time to see how they compare against some of the best teams in the OHL. With a few key matchups coming in January, the next few weeks should give us a good idea of the Colts’ chances for the post-season.

Tomorrow night the Colts play Central Division rival North Bay, against whom Barrie is 2 and 2 this year, with 3 of the contests having been decided by just one goal. The Battalion acquired a pair of high-scoring forwards at the deadline, and it will be interesting to see how both teams’ revamped rosters stack up. A decisive victory could set the tone for a strong finish to the regular season for the Colts.

On Sunday night the Colts will travel to Oshawa to face the powerhouse Generals. It will be the first of two matches against Oshawa this month, both of which will be the second game in as many nights for the Colts. Barrie has yet to beat Oshawa yet this year, but if they can find success against the top team in the East it will bode well for their playoff hopes.

Then next Thursday the Colts will host Sault Ste. Marie, the top team in the West, in a game that will be another test of Barrie’s depth and cohesion. The Colts will be without star defender Rasmus Andersson, as well as starting goalie Mackenzie Blackwood, both of whom will be playing in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Niagara. Sault St. Marie does not have any players in that game, so Barrie is going to be in tough against the Greyhounds. The Colts lost to the ‘hounds back in November, and this will be the only other time they face each other this season.