The Barrie Colts let an impressive rally slip away late from them in North Bay.
Just after the Colts had battled back late in the third period to erase a three-goal deficit, Harrison Caines scored the winner with just 1:31 remaining to lift the host Battalion to a 5-4 win in OHL action, Sunday afternoon, at North Bay Memorial Gardens.
Luke Moncada, Kyle Jackson, Brad Chenier and Josh Currie, with his first OHL goal, also scored for the Battalion (4-17-0-0), which snapped an 11-game losing skid.
Victor Hadfield, Jason Willms, Riley Piercey and Tyler Tucker replied for the Colts (12-7-0-1), who had won four of their last five games coming into the contest.
Trialing 4-1 late in the second period, Barrie got themselves back in the game when Willms, with his seventh of the season, tipped a Tyson Foerster shot past North Bay goaltender Joe Vrbetic to cut the lead in half.
Piercey made it a one-goal game when, parked in front of the net, he re-directed a Jack York point shot past Vrbetic just 2:12 into the third period. Tucker would put the Colts back on even ground with just under five minutes remaining when he moved into the slot and took a feed from Hadfield before wiring the equalizer.
The celebration, though, was short-lived. Liam Arnsby worked his way to the front of the net and slid it across to Caines, who was stopped by Barrie goalie Jet Greaves on the first crack before jamming home the loose puck.
Greaves, who was coming off his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win at home over the Peterborough Petes the previous night and had blanked the Battalion, 3-0, in the season opener in North Bay back in September, made 36 saves on the night.
Foerster drew a lone assist to run his scoring streak to 13 games (9-13-22).
Vrbetic kicked aside 33 shots to pick up his fourth win of the season for North Bay.
The Colts return to action next Saturday night when they host the Niagara IceDogs at the Colts Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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