Barrie gives up the most goals it has all year in 7-2 loss to Sting

By Stephen Sweet, Special to Postmedia Network

Barrie's Curtis Douglas tries to avoid Sarnia goaltender Justin Fazio as he goes hard to the net in Saturday's loss. KEVIN LAMB/PHOTO

Barrie's Curtis Douglas tries to avoid Sarnia goaltender Justin Fazio as he goes hard to the net in Saturday's loss. KEVIN LAMB/PHOTO

The challenge was set for the Barrie Colts with the top team in the league coming to town.

Unfortunately, Barrie could not hang with the best.

The Sarnia Sting scored multiple goals in every period as they handed the Colts a 7-2 defeat on Saturday.

“I thought we didn’t have any jam to our game tonight,” said Colts forward Sam Rhodes. “We struggled defensively, and offensively, with keeping the puck deep.”

The red-hot Sting came into Saturday’s contest having won 10 in a row, and it was easy to see why early on.

Sarnia would force a turnover at its own blue line and go the other way, with Jordan Kyrou and Drake Rymsha working the puck on an odd-man rush.

Rymsha’s eventual shot would go off of the foot of Jamieson Rees and in, beating Colts starter Leo Lazarev just 64 seconds into the contest to make it 1-0 Sarnia.

“It’s hard coming out slow like that,” Rhodes said. “They jumped on us really quick and we struggled getting into their zone at times, so it was definitely hard.”

Barrie shot itself in the foot on a couple of occasions in the first period with penalties far away from its own end, and the last one would come back to haunt it.

The Sting pulled the puck free from behind the Colts net and Rees would set up Rymsha in the slot, where the centre would rip a shot over Lazarev and in.

Barrie would get a few chances of its own, with Lucas Chiodo setting up Jason Willms down low, but it couldn’t get past Sarnia goalie Justin Fazio in the first, as the Colts trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes.

“Tonight was definitely a tough game for us,” said Colts defenceman Chris Cameron. “What we need to improve on against a team at the next level is to simplify our game.

“It’s not about doing anything fancy, it’s about getting the pucks deep and around their defencemen, and as long as we’re in their zone, we can then let some of our skill take over,” Cameron added. “But I think we need to simplify a little in our transition game.”

The Colts continued to pressure the Sting early in the second, getting the first seven shots of the period, but, despite hitting a pair of posts, they couldn’t beat Fazio.

They drew a power play, but the man advantage went awry when Franco Sproviero beat every Colt back into their defensive zone and set up Ryan McGregor, who put the puck under Lazarev and in to make it 3-0.

Sarnia upped its lead to 4-0 thanks in part to a two-man power play, where Adam Ruzicka converted a one-timer to push the Colts into a deep hole.

“Penalties were tough for us, and we weren’t able to get a rhythm,” Cameron said. “Our defence core needed to be better, but a few things didn’t really go our way with penalties as well.”

Barrie would begin to dig its way out just before the second ended, as Curtis Douglas sent a crisp pass from beside the net to Jaden Peca, and the winger would thread the needle, picking the top corner and reducing the deficit to 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Any momentum gained by the Colts before the break would be lost almost immediately after stepping onto the ice in the third.

Colton Kammerer took a high shot from the point that Lazarev couldn’t track to give Sarnia a 5-1 advantage.

Moments later, Essa Township’s Braden Henderson sent a pass forward, and one feed later, Cameron Hough snapped a shot through Lazarev to increase the Sting lead to 6-1.

The Colts would get one back around the midway point of the third, when Zach Magwood slid the puck over to Alexey Lipanov, and his quick release fooled Fazio.

Lazarev’s rough night would continue though, and Jordan Ernst took a long shot that slipped through the netminder and rolled on its side until it hit the post.

Although that puck didn’t cross the line, Sproviero would get a second chance at it and knock it home to put Sarnia ahead 7-2, making it the most goals against the Colts have allowed all season.

“I wouldn’t put this on Lazarev,” Rhodes said. “He fought the whole game.

“We definitely struggled the whole game getting the puck out and up to our forwards, and the forwards weren’t doing their job getting the puck out, either.”

Barrie’s next contest is on Sunday night in Oshawa.

Jaden Peca: 1G
Alexey Lipanov: 1G
Joey Keane: 1A
Zach Magwood: 1A
Curtis Douglas: 1A
Ryan Suzuki: 1A
Leo Lazarev: 23 saves
Braden Henderson (Essa Twp. native): 1A