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Pither stars as Barrie Colts slip by Brampton 3-2 in OT; take 2-0 series lead

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BRAMPTON, Ont. - Luke Pither was the overtime hero as the Barrie Colts eked out a 3-2 win over the Brampton Battalion in Ontario Hockey League playoff action Sunday afternoon.

Matt Kennedy and Alex Pietrangelo scored in regulation for the Colts, while Peter Di Salvo made 23 saves.

The Battalion's Ian Watters forced extra time with just a 1:02 left in the third period. Ken Peroff also had a goal, while Patrick Killeen stopped 39 shots.

Barrie leads the series 2-0 and will host Game 3 on Monday night.

Fresh off a penalty kill for too many men on the ice, Pither carried the puck from the neutral zone into Battalion territory and let go of a wrister that went over Killeen's shoulder and in.

"That penalty kill early in overtime was great for us," said Barrie head coach Marty Williamson. "Luke's one of those goal scorers who gets shots on net. He'll take the shot given the opportunity."

The Battalion opened the scoring on the power-play at 13:17 of the opening frame when Peroff fired a low shot from the point that eluded Di Salvo.

Barrie tied the game 8:35 into the middle period when Kennedy, stationed at the side of the net, converted on an Alexander Burmistrov pass and tucked a quick shot by Killeen.

The Colts took the lead while on the power play at 12:28 of the third period when Pietrangelo beat Killeen with a short-side blast from the faceoff circle.

Brampton forced overtime with 1:02 remaining as Watters' sharp angle shot banked off of Di Salvo and in, setting up the extra session.

Barrie out-shot Brampton 42-25 and capitalized on one of four power-play opportunities. The Battalion went 1-for-6 with the man advantage.

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