Mack Guzda stopped a breakaway in the dying seconds of overtime and then Ethan Cardwell potted the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Barrie Colts to a 5-4 win over the Niagara IceDogs, Saturday night, at Sadlon Arena.
Anthony Tabak, Hunter Haight, Oskar Olausson and Nathan Allensen all scored for the Colts (9-7-2-0), who have now won three straight games over their Central Division rivals.
Danil Gushchin, with a pair, Liam Van Loon and Jake Uberti scored for the slumping IceDogs (5-13-0-1), who have now lost five straight and have just one win in their last 10 games.
Niagara had a glorious opportunity to end its skid when Aidan Castle raced in alone on Guzda with just three seconds remaining in overtime, but the overage goaltender made his 25th stop of the contest his biggest one.
That put Barrie into its first shootout of the season and after both Brandt Clarke and Oskar Olausson were denied, Cardwell faked to his forehand before sliding it to his backhand and lifting the puck over Josh Rosenzweig’s right pad for the go-ahead goal.
Guzda then made a pad save on Cameron Butler to seal the win.
Trailing 3-2 late in the second, Gushin tied things up on his first of the game with just five seconds remaining in the second and the IceDogs on the power play when his pass in front was deflected past Guzda.
The San Jose Sharks prospect then gave the IceDogs their first lead of the game when his wrister from the slot squeezed through Guzda just 53 seconds into the third.
Barrie though would battle back to tie it midway through the final frame when Clarke slid it back to Allensen at the point and the veteran defenceman hammered a one-time blast into the top corner of the net.
The Colts return to action Sunday afternoon when they head north to take on the Sudbury Wolves. Game time is 2 p.m.
ICE CHIPS: Roenick Jodoin and Tai York made their OHL debuts for Barrie and each had an assist. . . Jacob Frasca completed his two-game suspension and will be back in the Colts lineup on Sunday. . . Clarke had three assists on the night and now leads all OHL defencemen in scoring with five goals and 21 points. He has earned a point or more in 10 of his last 11 games. . . Niagara outshot Barrie, 29-24.
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