The Barrie Colts would bend, but not break. A high-scoring, offensive game was in the cards with the Erie Otters in town, and it went to the wire.
Stephen Sweet, Special to Postmedia Network
The Barrie Colts got their offence early on Thursday. That meant they had to hold the fort the rest of the way.
There were some points where the Barrie Colts gave up too many chances, and others where they had plenty of their own.
Okay, so this isn't going to happen every single night. But opening up the season this way will allow fans plenty of license to dream.
It was a situation unfamiliar to almost no other Barrie Colt in franchise history. But coming into Saturday night, both Roy Radke and Anthony Stefano knew this was it.
The Barrie Colts had done everything but get a result this week. Their hard work would pay off in dividends on Saturday.
It was a game that the Barrie Colts were in from start to finish. But without the necessary firepower, even three goals against were too much.
The Barrie Colts had an extremely daunting task on their hands.
Perhaps the Barrie Colts never should have been in Thursday night's game.
In the playoffs, goaltending is always a big factor.
The Barrie Colts were facing a team not at their best. They made sure to take advantage of the opportunity.
The Barrie Colts, with all of 16 skaters, were up against a team with 14 straight wins. But in a game of crazy bounces, the hard-working Colts nearly pulled it out.
There were some real positives in all of facets of the game. The Barrie Colts were able to ride those to an overtime victory.
The Barrie Colts have had their share of ups and downs this year. They entered the break on a high.
When you don't take care of business early, the opportunities can dry up later.
There's not much of a bench for the Eastview Wildcats.
The Barrie Colts got themselves to extra time again. On this occasion, they couldn't get it done.
The Barrie Colts needed to start scoring goals at home. Getting four in regulation was just what the doctor ordered.
It's hard to slow down a tornado.
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