Colts score four goals in third period to edge Wild

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Barron scores hat trick in third period

Colts forward Andrew Barron drew a penalty on this play in the third period. Barron scored three goals in the third to lead the Colts to a 6-5 win over the South Shore Wild.

AMHERST – Down 5-2 going into the third period, the Amherst Colts came back to beat the South Shore Wild by a score of 6-5 during Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League action Sunday at Amherst Stadium.

“Good teams find ways to win, and I believe we have a good team,” said Vaughn Martin, who was with the Colts for his first game as assistant coach. “Once I get into the swing of things and get to know the players I think we’re going to go a long ways.”

The first period ended with the Colts down 3-1. Peter Kane scored the lone Colts goal with an assist from Ryan Horsman.

Matt Richard scored the Colts second goal, an unassisted goal in the second period.

“We went two periods with what they’ve been going with, and then in the third period I told the other coaches what I had seen and what I liked and what I didn’t like and I asked them to put three lines together for me that would work,” said Martin. “(General Manager) Paul Atkinson got the lineup for me, and we shortened our bench and the guns went out there and performed.”

David Lockerby got the Colts going in the third period with assists from Devon Despres and Harrison Van Meerkerin.

Andrew Barron scored a hat trick in the third to give the Colts the win. Lockerby and Despre combined to assist on two of the Barron goals, and Nathan McCue and Horsman assisted on one of the Barron goals.

“I appreciate the guys who I sat out,” said Martin.

“There were three gentleman that didn’t get much ice time, and even the third line that didn’t get much time,” he added. “I appreciate what they did, but when it comes down to it you have to go with what you think is going to win the game.”

Colts goaltender Matt Caron faced 28 shots in the game, while his teammates fired 47 shots at Wild goaltender Daniel Lohnes, 21 of which he faced in the third period.

After the game Martin said the Colts have great individual talent but still need to work on becoming a team.

“Individuals win games and teams win championships,” said Martin.

“They have great individual talent but getting people to play together and be accountable to one another is the hard part,” he added. “Learning who goes with who takes a bit of time.”

Martin came to the Colts after Atkinson, who will still be the Colts GM, made the move to the Cumberland County Blues as an assistant coach.

Martin also coached the Cumberland County Blues for the first part of the 2011 season before blues management replaced him.

“I didn’t want to get into coaching again because of the experience I had down in Springhill but these guys wanted me to help them out, and when Paul got called to the Blues I thought there was something I could give them,” said Martin.

The Colts have three games this weekend.

The Colts are on the road Friday and Saturday to play the Wild and the Barrington Sea Star Ice Dogs, and then they return home on Sunday where they will play the Avon River Rats at Amherst Stadium.

The game starts at 4 p.m.



Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League, Cumberland County Blues, Barrington Sea Star Ice Dogs

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Springhill

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