The Petes are headed north for the weekend, and kick off a pair of road games against Eastern Conference rivals with a stop in Barrie to take on the Colts at 7:30pm on Saturday night.
Despite playing in the same conference, the clubs face off just twice this season – once at home, and once on the road. Their first meeting was at the Memorial Centre on November 4, when the Petes squeaked out a 5-4 overtime win. The five year record between the squads is 8-5-0-0 in favour of the maroon and white.
Peterborough is 3-7-0-0 in their last 10 games, while Barrie is 7-2-1-0.
The Colts clinched the Central Division on Wednesday with a win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. It’s their third division title in four year, and eighth since 1999. With four games remaining and six points between them and the Bulldogs, it’s unlikely that Barrie can finish atop the Eastern Conference, but they’ll be putting forth their best effort to collect points in seven straight games against the Petes in an attempt to do so.
Barrie is led offensively by the OHL’s top scorer, Aaron Luchuk. He’s amassed 46 goals, 62 assists, and 108 points in 64 games played, recording just 8 penalty minutes. Luchuk is first in the OHL in points and goals, third in assists, third in shots on goal (260), sixth in power play goals (14), and ninth in power play assists (20). The overage centre was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Windsor Spitfires on December 14.
The Colts’ roster also includes standout rookie Andrei Svechnikov. The Russian forward, who is a projected top three pick (Sportsnet) in the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft, leads OHL rookies with 37 goals, 27 assists, and 64 points in 40 games; 10 more points than the second highest scoring rookie, Cam Hillis, in 17 fewer games.
Leo Lazarev has been the undisputed starting goalie for the Colts this season, appearing in 50 of Barrie’s 64 games. He’s compiled a record of 31-16-2-0, along with a 3.20 goals against average, 0.900 save percentage, and 3 shutouts.
The teams hold similar power play efficiencies, with the Petes holding a slight advantage at 22% (7th) to Barrie’s 21.9% (8th). On the penalty kill, both the Petes and Colts sit in the bottom half of the standings, at 76.4% (17th) and 78.7% (14th), respectively.
The game will be a homecoming for the newest Pete, Jake Partridge, who hails from Barrie.
Fans can catch the game on YourTv Peterborough, listen live on Extra 90.5FM, stream online at ohllive.com, or following along on the Petes App.