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Hutchings scores two, Pither continues hot streak as Barrie beats Guelph 6-4

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Luke Pither continued his torrid scoring barrage Thursday - and he had plenty of help.

Pither scored his OHL-leading eighth goal of the season, and Alex Hutchings added a pair as the Barrie Colts remained unbeaten with a 6-4 win over the Guelph Storm.

Fresh off a four-goal effort in Barrie's season opener and a follow-up hat trick two nights later, Pither gave the Colts a 5-3 lead with a power-play goal 1:02 into the third period. The 20-year-old native of Burketon, Ont., had 35 goals and 37 assists in 64 games with the Storm and Belleville Bulls last season.

The game was a chippy affair, featuring four fights and 20 combined power-play opportunities.

Taylor Carnevale added a goal and two assists for the Colts (3-0-0), while Ryan O'Connor had a goal and an assist and Bryan Cameron also scored. Josh Brittain and Michael Sgarbossa chipped in with two assists apiece, while Alexander Burmistrov had an assist to increase his league-leading point total to nine.

Barrie dominated on special teams, finishing 4-for-9 with the man advantage and adding a Hutchings short-handed goal early in the second period to take the lead for good at 3-2.

Ben Chiarot, Matt Kennedy, Michael Latta and Taylor Beck replied for the Storm (0-1-1), who scored twice in 11 man-advantage opportunities.

Peter Di Salvo stopped 32 shots to earn the win for the Colts.

Cody St. Jacques made 40 saves in defeat for Guelph.

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