3/2-4 Recap: Crawford connects as Colts close in on clinch

Nick Crawford scored his 11th goal of the year Thursday as Barrie worked out a 4-3 win over Belleville. Crawford's power play marker gave the home Colts a 2-0 lead before the teams traded five goals in an exciting final twenty minutes. The goal ups Crawford's OHL leading points for defensemen to 68, while the CHL #1 ranked Colts need one more win to secure first overall in the OHL playoffs.

On Tuesday, Crawford drew an assist on the game-tying goal as Barrie earned an exciting 6-5 overtime win over Sudbury. Marcus Foligno finished -1 with a fighting major for the Wolves. With Sudbury leading 2-1 late in the first, Colts forward Zac Rinaldo (PHI) took a run and instigated the scrap in hopes of sparking his club. The 5'11 Rinaldo took a head start before getting handled rather easily by the 6'3 Foligno.

In Thursday USHL action, Mark Adams was -1 as Chicago was shut out by Sioux Falls, 2-0.

On Wednesday, Brayden McNabb netted his 17th goal of the season as Kootenay finished off Edmonton, 7-3. The 6'4 defender, who remains fifth among WHL blueliners with 56 points, finished the game a season-best +4. The Ice victory was their 40th of the year, giving them a leg-up on Red Deer for the #4 home-ice playoff spot with five games to go.

In the QMJHL, Jordon Southorn assisted on the game-winning goal as PEI topped league front-runner Saint John, 3-1. A Sea Dog victory would have locked up first overall in the QMJHL with five games remaining on their regular season schedule.

In Tuesday Q play, Luke Adam failed to inch closer to the 50-goal plateau as he and teammate Jacob Lagacé were blanked in Cape Breton's 2-0 loss to Moncton. The disappointing effort saw the Screaming Eagles register just 14 shots on goal against the team they're lined up to meet when the playoffs begin two weeks from now. With a QMJHL best 46 goals, Adam has five games left to hit the half century mark. Lagacé, on the other hand, has just three goals in 20 games since being dealt to Cape Breton. Maxime Legault did not play for the Eagles.
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