The Bears made their first trip to the Molson Centre on Thursday night and wasted no time in getting newly acquired goaltender Jack Flinn into the lineup.
Because the Attack have four overage players and are only allowed to dress, Kyle Hope drew the short straw and was forced to sit this game out.
The Colts drew first blood on the powerplay when Mitchell Theoret was able to get his stick on the loose puck in the crease and tuck it home. The Attack would respond shortly thereafter when Daniel Milne spotted the puck in mid air to the side of the net and was able to bat it in past Alex Fotinos to draw even. It wasn’t long after that when the Attack took the lead. Chris Bigras walked out of the corner and slipped the puck through the five hole of the Barrie netminder.
The Attack would begin the 2nd period with a 2-1 lead, but just seconds into the period Theoret would finish off a pretty passing play and tie the game at two goals a piece. Teams would trade chances for most of the period until Jeffrey Gilligan scored his first OHL goal to give the Attack a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd period.
The 3rd period would start in favor of Barrie as they would tie the game at three goals a piece, but Gemel Smith would score his 5th of the season less than two minutes later to restore the one goals lead. The rest of the game would be ALL Barrie as they would rattle off four, two of which were scored by Brendan Lemieux to take a 7-4 lead.
The Bears would add one late off the stick of Kurtis MacDermid, but it was not enough as the Attack skated off with a loss.
The Attack will be back in action at home on Saturday night when they host the Sudbury Wolves at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. There is lots of good seats still available and they can be purchased by calling (519) 371-7452, online at www.attackhockey.com or by visiting the Box Office. Game time on Saturday is 7:30pm.