LONDON, ONTARIO, - Mathias Niederberger made 42 saves as the Barrie Colts defeated the London Knights 4-2 on Friday in the opening game of the Ontario Hockey League final.
The Knights opened the scoring at 5:24 of the second period when Ryan Rupert received a terrific outlet pass from Scott Harrington and scored on a breakaway by sliding the puck on a backhand through the pads of Niederberger.
The Colts took the lead before the period was over with goals from winger Andreas Athanasiou at 7:37, and another from Anthony Camara at 15:21.
Brendan Lemieux made it 3-1 Barrie with a power play goal at 1:24 into the third period. Alex Broadhurst trimmed the margin to 3-2 with a power play goal at 8:56, before Mark Scheifele's empty-netter at 19:17 put the game out of reach.
London goalie Anthony Stolarz stopped 24 shots.
The Knights were 1 for 4 on the power play, while Barrie went 1 for 3.
London hosts the next game on Sunday.