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Kevin Labanc has a goal and assist as Colts edge Wolves 3-2 in OHL playoffs

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 10:34 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Kevin Labanc has a goal and assist as Colts edge Wolves 3-2 in OHL playoffs

BARRIE, Ont. - Kevin Labanc scored a goal and assisted on another as the Barrie Colts opened the Ontario Hockey League playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Thursday.

Zach Hall scored the eventual winner at 16:32 of the second period, and Justin Scott also scored for the Colts (1-0). C.J. Garcia had two assists.

Nathan Pancel scored two for Sudbury (0-1), while Mathew Campagna chipped in with assists on both goals.

Barrie's Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 saves for the win. Wolves goaltender Franky Palazzese made 34 saves in the losing effort.

The Colts held Sudbury to just four shots on goal in the first period, and outshot the Wolves 37-31 in total.

Scott opened the scoring at 15:11 of the first period, and Barrie increased their lead to 2-0 with Labanc's goal at 2:19 of the second.

Pancel cut the deficit in half with his first goal of the game on the power play midway through the second period, but Hall's goal gave the Colts a 3-1 edge heading into the final frame.

Pancel scored his second of the night at 6:53 of the third.

The Colts host Sudbury for Game 2 on Saturday.

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