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WEEKEND RECAP: The Barrie Colts posted a 2-1 record in their first week back after the Christmas holidays to improve their overall record to 27-9-0-1 on the season.....They also pushed their point total to 55, three ahead of the London Knights and Kitchener Rangers for first overall on top of the OHL standings..The Colts also have a firm grip on first place in the Eastern Conference as they are nine points ahead of the next closest team, the Mississauga Ice Dogs...With two straight road victories last week, the Colts are now an astounding 16-3-0-0 on the road, while they have dropped their past two home decisions to lower their home record to 11-6-0-1

December 31 vs. Guelph: The Barrie Colts had a difficult time creating offensive opportunities as they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Guelph Storm on New Year's Eve 2007 at the Barrie Molson Centre....Led by solid goaltending from 17-year old Thomas McCollum with 27 saves, the Storm scored once in the first and second, and added an empty-net goal late in the third to seal the road victory....On the other side, Andrew Perugini kept Storm shooters at bay as he made 35 saves throughout the game and suffered just his sixth loss in 32 games this season....Mike McLean led the way with a pair of goals (21,22) for the visitors, as they forced a Colts shutout at the Molson Centre for the first time this season....The loss drops Barrie's home record to 11-6-0-1, and was their first defeat after winning two straight since returning from the holiday break

Shots: BAR- 27 GUE- 37

Powerplays: BAR- 0/4 GUE- 0/6

Attendance: 4,224

December 29 @ London: The Barrie Colts continued to be road warriors again Friday night as they scored a come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory over the London Knights....The win a first for the Colts at the John Labatt Centre, as they were defeated in their previous four decisions since the building opened during the 2002-03 season....The Colts trailed 3-1 in the third period before Vladimir Nikiforov (13) shortened the gap to 3-2 at the 2:18 mark....Michael Lombardi then equalized things with his second of the night and seventh of the season as he scored a shorthanded marker at 16:42 of the third....The Colts held off a London powerplay in overtime and Andrew Perugini turned aside all three Knights shooters to spur on the victory....Richard Clune was credited with the shootout winner as he scored Barrie's first goal on their third attempt....Barrie's second road victory in as many nights, they improved their away record to a stellar 16-3-0-0 on the season

Shots: BAR-33 LDN-38

Powerplays: BAR- 1/7 LDN- 1/8

Attendance: 9,000

December 28 @ Mississauga: The Barrie Colts returned to action in fine form after the Christmas holidays as they posted a come-from-behind 5-2 road victory against the Mississauga Ice Dogs Thursday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga...The Ice Dogs were sparked by a 2-0 lead before the Colts scored five unanswered goals for the win to improve their road record to 15-3-0-0 on the season...Mississauga went up 2-0 at the 7:22 mark of the second period and Kris Sparre (19) got the Colts on the board at the 16:06 mark of the middle frame....The line of Bragg (10), Clune (21) and Nikiforov (12) then took over as each player scored a goal in the third to put Colts ahead 4-2, and Ryan Bellows added an empty-netter for his first goal in the OHL since joining the team from Dartmouth in mid-December.....Andrew Perugini was solid in goal for the visitors as he made 40 saves to record the victory and improve his overall record to 24-5-0-1 on the season

Shots: BAR-29 MISS- 42

Powerplays: BAR- 1/1 MISS- 0/2

Attendance: 3,231

WHAT'S ON TAP: The Colts begin this week with their first of two consecutive weeks where they have three games scheduled in three nights..The club begins Thursday at home when they host the Owen Sound Attack (19-16-1-3) at the Barrie Molson Centre (7:30 p.m.)..The Colts and Attack have faced each other on three occasions this season. The Colts produced a 5-4 home victory on November 16, and split their two decisions in Owen Sound, with Barrie winning 2-1 in a December 13 shootout, and the Attack gaining a 6-4 victory on November 8..The Attack currently occupy third in the Midwest Division with 42 points, one point ahead of the Guelph Storm..The Colts Friday night then travel to Sudbury for the third time this season to face the Sudbury Wolves (18-16-2-2) at the Sudbury Arena (7:30 p.m.)..The Colts have generated two victories in two meetings this season in Sudbury (3-1 October 13, 8-2 October 27), and the Wolves came back with a 4-2 victory on November 25 at the Barrie Molson Centre..The Wolves currently occupy third in the Central Division with 40 points on the season..The Colts return home Saturday evening to host the Ottawa 67's (17-6-0-2) for the second time this season at the Barrie Molson Centre (7:30 p.m.)..The Colts previously defeated the 67's 3-1 back on October 21 at the Barrie Molson Centre..The 67's enter the week sitting in third place in a tight East Division with 37 points..Just three points separate four teams from second to fifth in their division

WEEKEND POINTS LEADERS: Matthew Bragg, 1g-3a-4pts, Richard Clune, 1g-2a-3pts, Vladimir Nikiforov, 2g-1a-3pts, Michael Lombardi, 2g-0a-2pts

STAYING CENTRAL: Here is a look at how the Colts fare in the Central Division standings through 37 games of the regular season:

1- Barrie Colts 27-9-0-1, 55 points

2- Mississauga Ice Dogs 22-13-0-2, 46 points

3- Sudbury Wolves 18-16-2-2, 40 points

4-Brampton Battalion 14-21-1-3, 32 points

5-St. Michael's Majors 14-22-1-1, 30 points

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Colts have practices scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday this week at the Barrie Molson Centre (3:15 - 4:45 p.m.)..Practices are open for the public to attend

GOALS FOR AND AGAINST: The Colts have scored 153 goals through 37 games, placing them fifth overall in the OHL in this category.Defensively, the team is third overall having given up 111 goals..In terms of goals for and against differential, the Colts are plus 42, placing them second overall behind the Plymouth Whalers who stand at plus 47 in this category

SPECIAL TEAMS OUTLOOK: The Colts' powerplay is currently second overall in the OHL having scored 58 goals on 249 opportunities for an efficiency of 23.3%.....On the penalty kill, the Colts are 12th overall having killed of 216 of 265 shorthanded situations for an efficiency of 81.5%

ROSTER NOTES: The Colts have been without Tomas Marcinko (Slovakia) for five games and Bryan Little (Canada) for seven games as the two are playing for their respective countries in the World Junior Championships in Leksand and Mora, Sweden..Little has one assist and a plus one rating in four games for the 4-0 Canadians, while Marcinko has one assists in four games for the winless Slovaks..Both players are expected to return to the lineup in time for Barrie's home game on Saturday versus Ottawa..Other roster notes include an injury to Barrie's first round pick from 2006, Stefan Della Rovere.Della Rovere collided with Ice Dogs forward Cody Bass Thursday and is currently listed as day-to-day...In addition, rookie Alex Hutchings has missed the club's last two games with the flu and is expected to be healthy this week

ROAD WARRIORS: The Colts have produced victories in their last five road games outscoring their opponents 16 to 8 in this span dated back to December 9..The Colts have been outstanding on the road all season as they own the league's best road record at 16-3-0-0 on the season for a winning percentage of .842
 
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