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Scheifele has five points; Colts take lead over Knights

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The Canadian Press
5/6/2013 10:48:54 PM
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BARRIE, Ont. -- Mark Scheifele had two goals and three assists as the Barrie Colts downed the London Knights 6-3 in Game 3 of the Ontario Hockey League final Monday night.

The win gives the Colts a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 on Wednesday.

Scheifele, a Winnipeg Jets prospect, now leads all OHL scorers in the playoffs with 34 points in 18 games.

"It was a big night," Scheifele said. "We showed a lot of character (tonight)."

Zach Hall scored twice and had an assist for Barrie, while Alex Lepkowski and Andreas Athanasiou had the other goals.

Olli Maatta, Seth Griffith and Ryan Rupert replied for London, which has lost two games in a series for the first time in the 2013 playoffs.

Alex Broadhurst added a pair of assists for the Knights.

Barrie's Mathias Niederberger made 29 saves, while Anthony Stolarz turned aside 23 shots in a losing cause.

London went 2 for 7 on the power play while Barrie finished the night at 1 for 7.

The Colts never trailed in the game, taking the lead on three different occasions.

It was a stark contrast from Game 2 on Sunday night in London, when Barrie fell behind early in the second period and couldn't recover.

"After yesterday, we wanted to respond, and I thought we had good energy," said Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk.

Hall's goal just 35 seconds in gave Barrie a 1-0 advantage before Rupert tied things up. Scheifele and Maatta also scored before the period was out.

The second goal for Hall on Monday came during a second-period power play, when Hall banked a bad-angle attempt off of Stolarz.

"We knew we had to get pucks on Stolarz, and we really buckled down and we decided to shoot from everywhere," Scheifele said. "Tonight, we did a really good job of that."

Lepkowski's second goal of the post-season gave Barrie some insurance early in the third period, which was needed when Griffith got London's second goal on a man advantage.

Athanasiou gave the Colts some breathing room, when his third goal in as many games put them ahead 5-3.

"Tonight, when we scored, they came right back and scored (on us)," said Knights head coach Dale Hunter. "That was a big part of it."

Scheifele scored into an empty net for his fifth point of the night.

"It is a game of momentum, and you want to keep it as long as you can," Hawerchuk said.

Mark Scheifele (Photo: OHL Images)

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