If Peter Di Salvo continues his recent hot streak on Thursday night, a group of Russian teenagers won't stand a chance.
Di Salvo turned aside 37 shots and Luke Pither scored twice as the Barrie Colts ran their winning streak to nine games with a 6-2 drubbing of the Peterborough Petes in Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday.
The Colts (17-4-1) have been one of the top teams in the OHL all season, and they have Di Salvo to thank for it. The 19-year-old has been especially stingy of late, winning eight straight games while allowing two goals or less in seven of them.
The hot streak has lowered Di Salvo's goals-against average to 2.55, good for fourth in the OHL. He's also fourth in the league in save percentage (.920).
Di Salvo will suit up for a team of OHL all-stars against a travelling team of Russian selects Thursday night in Barrie.
Pither led the way offensively for the Colts with his 15th and 16th goals in just his 21st game of the season. Bryan Cameron chipped in with a goal and two assists for Barrie, which has outscored the opposition 105-57 so far this season.
In other Ontario Hockey League action Wednesday, it was: Brampton 5 Guelph 2; Sault Ste. Marie 7 Sudbury 0; Saginaw 7 Owen Sound 5; Kingston 3 Mississauga-St. Michael's 2 (OT); and Ottawa 3 Belleville 2 (SO).
At Peterborough, Ont., Kyle Clifford, Dalton Prout and Ryan Strome had singles for Barrie. The Colts are 10-0-1 in their last 11 games, and have beaten the Petes (11-13-0) twice in a five-day span.
Luke Hietkamp and Liam Heelis had goals for Peterborough, while Jason Missaien made 35 saves in the loss.
Battalion 5 Storm 2
At Guelph, Ont., Scott Tanski led a balanced attack with a goal and an assist as Brampton cruised past the Storm.
Philip Lane, Sean Jones, Stephon Thorne and Barclay Goodrow added singles for the Battalion (10-10-3).
Sam Lofquist and Conor O'Donnell countered for Guelph (11-10-1).
Greyhounds 7 Wolves 0
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Tomas Rachunek and Brett Thompson each had a pair of goals as the Greyhounds blasted Sudbury.
Jacob Muzzin, Michael Quesnele and Nick Cousins added singles for Sault Ste. Marie (11-11-2), who finished 4-of-8 with the man advantage. Robin Lehner turned aside 27 shots for his first career OHL shutout.
Andrew Loverock made 26 saves for the Wolves (8-13-2).
Spirit 7 Attack 5
At Owen Sound, Ont., Josh Shalla had two goals and three assists in Saginaw's win over the Spirit.
Ryan O'Connor, Ivan Telegin, Vincent Trocheck, Michael Sgarbossa and Jordan Szwarz also scored for the Spirit (15-6-2).
Garrett Wilson had a hat trick and added an assist for Owen Sound (8-14-3), while Bobby Mignardiand and Myles Doan also scored.
Frontenacs 3 Majors 2 (OT)
At Mississauga, Ont., Ethan Werek's second goal of the game 2:57 into overtime propelled Kingston past the Majors.
Derek Froats had the other goal for the Frontenacs (12-11-2).
William Wallen and Devante Smith-Pelly scored for Mississauga-St. Michael's (17-4-2).
67's 3 Bulls 2 (SO)
At Belleville, Ont., Anthony Nigro and Tyler Cuma had shootout goals to lead Ottawa past the Bulls.
Ryan Martindale and Tyler Toffoli scored in regulation for the 67's (8-10-5).
Andy Bathgate and Luke Judson replied for Belleville (8-13-4).