A disallowed goal left the Barrie Colts feeling shortchanged Thursday night and still looking for their first win of the OHL season.
Tye Kartye score three times on the power play and Cole MacKay scored once and added three assists for the four-point night to lead the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to a 6-3 win over the Colts at Sadlon Arena.
The controversy came early in the third period when Ethan Cardwell appeared to score his second of the game and give Barrie a 3-2 lead by burying a loose puck in front after Evan Vierling was stopped driving to the net.
The goal, though, would be called back upon review when it was ruled Vierling had interfered with Greyhounds goalie Samuel Ivanov after he skated into his left pad on the follow-through.
It was a call Colts head coach Marty Williamson believes completely changed the game. Just seconds later the Greyhounds (2-1) would go on to score a pair of power-play goals 14 seconds apart.
“We were told after the game it was the wrong call,” Williamson said. “To me, it changed the whole game. They would have got a two minute penalty for the challenge, we would have scored the goal. It changes a lot of things.”
Replays showed after the collision Ivanov was able to get into position before Caldwell shot.
“They don’t believe he got set again,” Williamson said.
It was the second-straight loss for the Colts (0-2-1) where bad calls cost them dearly.
Late in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime defeat in Hamilton, Bulldogs import Artem Grushnikov started a fight with Barrie’s Connor Punnett. The Russian defenceman was handed a five-minute major and two-minute instigator, but should have also received a 10-minute misconduct bringing an end to his night.
Instead, Grushnikov was allowed to return to the ice in overtime and would score the OT winner.
“There’s nothing you can do about those calls right now,” Williamson said. “We had a kid (Grushnikov) that scored a goal that should have been kicked out of the game and now we got a wrong call on this.
“They say you got to persevere. You got to play through it and I thought our guys played hard right to the end.”
The Colts pushed hard to rally and got within one on a power-play goal by Jacob Frasca at 8:57 of the third, but Beau Jelsma drew a hooking call at 16:31, and 28 seconds later Kartye completed the hat trick with the Soo’s fourth power-play goal of the contest.
An empty net goal by Bryce McConnell-Barker finished things off.
“I thought we played well and just let it slip away,” said Frasca, who now has three goals on the season. “We had good shots, good net presence. Our D’s were making good plays. I just thought in the third period we had some unlucky bounces, unlucky calls and that’s just part of the game.”
Oscar Olausson scored in his third-straight game and set a franchise record in the process as Barrie got off to a 2-0 lead after one frame.
The Colorado Avalanche top prospect scored just 10 seconds into the game, eclipsing Tim Verbeek’s fastest goal to start a game record set back on November 20, 1999.
Luc Brzustowski would cut the lead to one just 59 seconds into the second to start a Greyhounds run of four-straight goals.
Three of those would come with the man advantage.
“Our penalty kill wasn’t good,” Williamson said. “We’ve worked on some things and obviously we’ve got to continue to work on the PK.”
Barrie will have little time to lick its wounds after what is the start of a busy weekend. They host the Mississauga Steelheads on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., before taking to the road to take on the North Bay Battalion on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
“We just have to press the reset button and get back to work (Friday) at practice,” Frasca said. “We just got reset our mind, reset our brain, and be ready to play Saturday. We’ll be good to go.
“We’ll let this one get past us for now. See some video (Friday) and see what we need to improve on from this game.” ICE CHIPS: Brandt Clarke made his return to the Colts lineup after a month-long battle with mono and drew two assists. . .Matthew Sbrocca stopped 22 of 27 shots in goal for Barrie, while Ivanov kicked aside 33 of 36 to earn the win. . . Barrie is down to the maximum three overagers after trading defenceman Matthew Hill to Oshawa and releasing goaltender Tanner Wickware