It was a huge night for Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane, as the 19-year-old netted a hat trick for his Barrie Colts in a 5-1 victory over the Saginaw Spirit.
After a nice goal from Zachary Mangwood, Barrie held a 1-0 lead heading into the second period of Saturday nights game. That’s when Mangiapane turned the jets on.
His first goal would come after Kevin Lebanc set-up Julius Nattinen with a no-look pass at the Saginaw blue line.
Nattinen then fed a nice pass across the middle to Mangiapane, who’d corral the puck before beating Saginaw goaltender David Ovsjannikov at the 17:07 mark of the second period.
Just 22 seconds later, Lebanc set-up Mangiapane near the face-off dot, who’d hammer one through the legs of Ovskannikov.
Then at the 9:16 mark of the third period, Mangiapane took a shot from Michael Webster that’d bounced off the boards, and put it past Ovsjannikov, earning a hat trick.
Mangiapane now has 28 points on the year (15 goals, 13 assists). To put that into perspective, when Connor McDavid broke his hand last year, he had 16 goals in 18 games; Mangiapane has 15 goals in 18 games.
Of note, Mangiapane was coming off of a pretty good showing while representing the OHL at the CHL/Russia Super Series Thursday night. No points in the game, but he did a good job of applying lots of offensive pressure in the Russian zone using his workhorse attitude.
The Flames prospect is now on a nine-game point streak. He’ll look to continue that streak when the Colts take on North Bay this Sunday, November 15.