From Russia With Love
Updated: Oct 24, 2021
Written by: Kyle Akitt (@JustKyle51)
Photo Credit: OntarioHockeyLeague.com
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The IceDogs were back in action Thursday night to take on the Barrie Colts in game 5 of the OHL regular season. The Dogs are coming off 2 tough losses to the Hamilton Bulldogs last week, losing both contests 4-0 and were looking to bounce back, especially on the scoreboard.
Lingering injuries to IceDogs players Mason Howard, Jonah De Simone, Anthony Agostinelli and Cameron Snow continued to have the team make adjustments to the lineups and these injuries were key to the IceDogs starting with a complete lineup so far. Tucker Tynan would start in the net for the IceDogs and Matteo Lalama for the Colts as both goalies have had great starts to their respective seasons.
ICEDOGS STARTING LINEUP:
(FWD) Ethan Sims, Cameron Peters, Ryan Struthers.
(DFD) Isaac Enright, Rodwin Dionicio.
(G) Tucker Tynan
The interesting string line struggled early on in the period to find some offensive footing as they spent the majority of their shifts in the defensive end. Head Coach Bily Burke decided to keep together the Toronto Jr. Canadian line of Pano Fimis, Aiden Castle and Brice Cook and they looked good early on with some good on-ice chemistry and neutral zone play. The IceDogs would find the back of the net first as Daniil Gushchin scores on a breakaway pass from Cameron Butler to go up 1-0 around 10 minutes into the period. This would be the first goal the IceDogs have scored in over 6 periods of play.
It didn't take the IceDogs long to find the back of the net again as Cameron Peters broke in shorthanded and buried the puck past Matteo Lalama to make it 2-0. As the period went on the IceDogs would continue the relentless pressure and would eventually lead to the third goal of the game with a very nice play by Jake Uberti passing to Daniil Gushchin in front and burying his 2nd goal of the game as well. IceDogs would then get another powerplay and you guessed it...another powerplay goal, this time by Defenceman Dakota Betts who went bar down to make it 4-0.
This was definitely the start the IceDogs were looking for, especially after the result of the last couple of games and having the 2nd worst goals for in the eastern conference. Barrie would eventually put one past Tucker Tynan at the end of the period by Colorado Avalanche prospect Oskar Olausson with a pass from Los Angeles Kings prospect Brandt Clarke
The Barrie Colts would change goaltenders to start the period as Matthew Sbrocca would take over for Matteo Lalama. As the period went on, the IceDogs and Colts would trade chances back and forth with the Colts playing shut down defence which at this point in the game was needed. Tucker Tynan contained again his stellar goaltending, especially around the 8-minute mark of the period, coming up with some big saves. The pace would be continued to be traded back and forth by the end of the period but the IceDogs would fail to close out the period again on the strong side, as Barrie found the back of the net and made the score 4-2.
The IceDogs would try and keep the Colts from coming back in this game as the third period began. The hockey gods wouldn't see to this as Oliver Smith from the Barrie Colts put a puck past Tucker Tynan, turning this game into a close one at 4-3. Luck would turn back around for the IceDogs quickly with a powerplay and nearing the end, Aiden Castle finds a loose puck and finds the back of the net to make it a 5-3 game. Barrie would not go away soon after as Oskar Olausson for the Colts scores for the second time in the game and the moment would continue to be shared between both teams.
Things went from bad to worse for the IceDogs as Olausson would strike again while the iron was hot burying for his hat trick and tying the game at 5. The IceDogs would continue to struggle getting back the momentum as the team look to be playing on their heels, but it would be one of the IceDogs rookies getting his first OHL goal in Brice Cooke as he finds a loose puck on the powerplay to regain the IceDogs lead. This was then followed up with Dakota Betts getting his second goal of the game to make it 7-5.
The IceDogs defenceman had a very good game showing both his offensive and defensive talents throughout.
Danil Gushchin would eventually get the empty-net goal for the hat trick and the IceDogs would defeat the Barrie Colts by a final score of 8-5.