Mathias Niederberger made 42 saves, including 19 in the third period, as he backstopped the visiting Barrie Colts to a 4-2 win against the London Knights in Game One of the OHL Championship Series Friday night at the Budweiser Gardens.
Anthony Camara and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist for the Colts, while Brendan Lemieux and Andreas Athanasiou also lit the lamp for the visitors.
Ryan Rupert and Alex Broadhurst provided the goal scoring for the Knights, who got 24 saves from Anthony Stolarz.
The Colts went one-for-three on the power play, while the Knights went one-for-four with the man-advantage.
After a scoreless first period, the Knights opened the scoring at 5:24 of the second period as Rupert got a coast-to-coast pass from Scott Harrington and split throught two Colts players, beating Niederberger with a backhand to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
The lead didn't last as the Colts tied it at 7:37 as Athanasiou scored from the slot after the puck went off a skate. The Colts grabbed their first lead of the game late in the second period as Camara was in front of the Knights' goal and got a pass from Schiefele, beating Stolarz glove side to make it 2-1.
With Olli Maatta in the penalty box, the Colts extended their lead at 1:24 into the third period as Steven Beyers shot the puck from the point, but Lemieux picked up the rebound to tap in his second OHL playoff goal to make it 3-1. The Knights cut the lead by one as Broadhurst scored his 10th goal of the playoffs to make it 3-2, but the Colts finalized the scoring when Scheifele found an empty-net with 43 seconds left.
Both teams will go at it again in London on Sunday night in Game Two of the best-of-seven series.
Photo of Barrie Colts' goaltender Mathias Niederberger courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images