North Bay Battalion @ Barrie Colts, October 5, 2017
Final score: 3-1 Barrie
BAR #14 RW Svechnikov, Andrei (2018) – As is often the case, Svechnikov was the best player on the ice. He was a threat every time he touched the ice and used his full arsenal of skills to generate chances. He was effective carrying the puck through the neutral zone and scored one of his goals by gaining the line and powering through contact on his way to the net before finishing in tight. He beat defenders with outside-inside moves on numerous occasions as well, one of which led directly to a goal. He also put his cannon of a shot on display as he wired some heavy one-timers, particularly on the man advantage. It wasn’t just his offensive game that stood out, though. Svechnikov hustled back after a teammate turned the puck over and stick checked Brett McKenzie to prevent him from even attempting a shot on what looked like it’d be a clear cut breakaway. He was also a regular on the penalty kill and played most of the final two minutes while defending the lead.
BAR #61 LW Suzuki, Ryan (2019) – Suzuki skated on the top line with Svechnikov and Alexei Lipanov and didn’t look out of place. He made smart decisions with the puck and did a nice job finding soft pockets in the defense to work from and try to create. He back checked hard throughout and routinely retreated deep into the defensive zone to help out the defense and provide them with easy outlets.
BAR #71 LW Nizhnikov, Kirill (2018) – Nizhnikov didn’t get a ton of ice in this game but I thought he was good. He did a nice job of finding his way through traffic in the neutral zone and didn’t force anything that wasn’t there. On a couple occasions there were no openings for him to attack so he turned around, regrouped, and held onto the puck rather than throwing away a possession. Nizhnikov displayed good effort while forechecking as he really pursued puck carriers and used his stick a lot to try and throw attackers off and cause them to lose possession. He also showcased his quick release getting off a few shots with zip when it didn’t look like there was much space.
North Bay Battalion
NB #21 RW Coe, Brandon (2020) – Coe didn’t find the scoresheet but he did play well. Early on he got himself into good scoring position with an impressive net drive and he showed the ability to create offense by himself, as twice he was able to get around Barrie defenders with skilled moves in one-on-one situations.
NB #27 C McMaster, Adam (2018) – McMaster was one of North Bay’s best players in this game. His passing was quick and accurate, he was slippery with the puck, and he played with really good pace. He was always moving and putting pressure on the defense to make the right decisions and be in position. Much of the Battalion’s offense came through him (he had an assist and four shots) but he was also very good without the puck. He was a regular on a penalty killing unit that killed off nine power plays and his speed and aggressiveness really disrupted Barrie’s attack, which led to a couple turnovers and chances.
NB #28 LW Moncada, Luke (2018) – Moncada didn’t generate much offensively but he was still a useful contributor in this game. He had a few excellent shifts on the penalty kill, one of which he worked the puck down low in the offensive zone by himself while winning several board battles and killing off 25-30 seconds in the process. His motor didn’t stop running and he was able to win a lot of battles, and disrupt passing/shooting lanes, because of his effort.