The Barrie Colts probably wish they weren't about to start their one-week vacation.
For the Peterborough Petes, the holiday break couldn't come quickly enough.
Alex Hutchings had a goal and three assists as the Colts kicked off the Ontario Hockey League's six-day holiday hiatus with a convincing 7-2 win over the struggling Petes on Saturday night.
With Barrie leading 3-2 after two periods, Hutchings gave the Colts a two-goal advantage on a power play 53 seconds into the third. That was the first of a four-goal outburst that lifted Barrie (18-15-1-1) to its fifth victory in a row, moving the Colts past idle Mississauga and into sole possession of second place in the OHL's Central Division.
The Colts have outscored their opponents 26-7 during their win streak.
Netminder Peter Di Salvo stopped 33 shots for Barrie, which came into the game having allowed the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference. The Colts also improved to 3-0 on their year-ending five-game homestand.
In other OHL action Saturday, it was: Erie 7 Sudbury 5; and Sault Ste. Marie 2 Guelph 1 (SO).
At Barrie, Ont., Tony Romano and Brett Theberge had second-period goals for the Petes (15-21-0-2), who are winless in four and have won just twice in the past nine games overall. Peterborough doesn't play again until Jan. 1, when it pays a visit to the conference-leading Belleville Bulls.
Ryan Daniels made 34 saves for the Petes.
Otters 7 Wolves 5
At Erie, Pa., Justin Hodgman scored three goals as the Otters outgunned Sudbury.
Ryan O'Reilly added a pair of goals while Brandon Biggars and Paul Cianfrini chipped in with singles for Erie (16-17-2-0).
John Kurtz scored twice while Brett Thompson, Patrik Lusnak and John McFarland had singles for the Wolves (16-16-1-2).
Greyhounds 2 Storm 1 (SO)
At Guelph, Ont., Michael Fine scored the shootout winner as Sault Ste. Marie beat the Storm.
Dylan King had the lone regulation goal for the Greyhounds (15-18-2-1).
Matt Kennedy replied for Guelph (18-13-2-3).