Colts chasing OHL history

IAN SHANTZ, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Deck the halls?

Nah. Deck Kyle Tarini.

That's what Barrie Colts bruiser Kyle Clifford decided when he knuckle-dusted his Sudbury Wolves opponent into oblivion at the Barrie Molson Centre on Saturday night.

Clifford scored the decisive knockout in the pre-Christmas punch-up, helping spark a Colts team that probably didn't need it, seeing as it has forgotten how to lose.

Barrie went on to win 5-4, its 21st in a row.

Make it a 29 wins for the Colts with 34 games in the books.

But for these Colts, the fantastic first half feels more like a stocking stuffer. The gift at the top of the wish list is what it's all about.

"We've done things that we haven't expected we'd do this season," Clifford said as the Colts departed for a holiday break. "We're on a 21-game win streak, but still, in the end, that means nothing. That's just a record. We want our names on the Memorial Cup."

Colts goalie Peter Di Salvo, fresh off his 21st win, agreed.

"We haven't really done anything. We won a bunch of games. So what," the 19-year-old Oakville native said. "When we've won the OHL championship and the Memorial Cup, that's when we've done something."

The Colts, who haven't lost in two months, are four games removed from matching a Canadian Hockey League record of 25 straight wins previously set by the Kitchener Rangers in 1983-84 and the Quebec league's 1973-74 Sorel Eperviers, a now-defunct franchise.

"We'll, hopefully, get that record," Di Salvo said.

"(The stress) is what we like about it," the 19-year-old said. "We know the streak is on the line, but it's just an unbelievable feeling. I'm kind of speechless about it."

When the break ends for Barrie eight days from now, it will look to continue building on the hottest start in the franchise's 15-year history. And it will look to build on the OHL's best win streak in more than two decades.

The Colts, ranked third in the nation, will look to pick up where they left off when they make a trip to top-notch Kitchener on Dec. 29.


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