Colts’ 3-2 win over North Bay moves Williamson into top-10 in wins among OHL coaches

Jacob Frasca scored the lone goal of the shootout and helped head coach Marty Williamson move into the top-10 in all-time OHL coaching victories as the Barrie Colts defeated the North Bay Battalion 3-2, Saturday night, at Sadlon Arena.

Williamson, in his 13th season behind an OHL bench, won his 469th game, passing former long-time Plymouth Whalers coach Mike Vellucci who had 468 wins over 13 years.

The Barrie head coach is in his second stint with the Colts (2004-2010, 2021) and seventh year with the club, squeezed between six seasons at the helm of the Niagara IceDogs (2010-2016).

Brian Kilrea, who spent 33 years as head coach of the Ottawa 67’s, leads all OHL coaches with 1,194 wins.

After both teams were stopped on the first three shootout attempts, Frasca gave Barrie (12-7-2-0) its fourth-straight win when he went to the forehand and fired the winner over the glove of Battalion goalie Joe Vrbetic.

Mack Guzda, who made 32 saves on the night to earn first star honours, then watched as OHL scoring leader Brandon Coe overskated the puck on his shootout attempt to clinch the win.

Jacob Frasca – OHL Images

All the scoring in this one came in the first period. Tai York opened the scoring when he rifled a drive from just outside the left faceoff circle short side over the blocker of Vrbetic at 6:43.

Matvey Petrov, who had a hat trick in his last visit to Barrie back on Oct. 30, would tie it for the Central Division-leading Battalion (16-7-1-2) a little more than a minute later and then put the visitors ahead at 15:15.

Overager Anthony Tabak got the Colts back to even on a pretty individual effort a minute later. The overage winger tipped it past a defender on the boards and then walked into the slot before firing it top corner over the glove of Vrbetic.

The Central rivals will complete their home-and-home weekend Sunday afternoon in North Bay. Game time is 2 p.m.

ICE CHIPS: Colts import Artur Cholach is representing the Ukraine at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Division 1-B Championships. . . Oskar Olausson will play in his last game Sunday with the Colts before joining Sweden for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. . . Petrov, who is third overall in OHL scoring (19-25-44), ran his scoring to 10 games (9-17-27). . . North Bay outshot Barrie, 34-27. . . The Colts went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Battalion went 0-for-2.