Froats on sidelines for Barrie rematch

BRAMPTON, Ont. – The Brampton Battalion has recalled centre Brennan Feasey from the junior B ranks for at least two games, the first being a road date with the Barrie Colts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to complete an Ontario Hockey League home-and-home series.

Battalion coach Stan Butler said Wednesday that Feasey will fill in for left winger Derek Froats, who has played recent games with a wrist injury and will be unavailable for the Barrie game and a Friday night visit to the Mississauga Steelheads.

Left winger Brandon Robinsons return from a hip flexor has been delayed. It had been thought that Robinson, the Battalions first-round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, might return to action at Barrie after sitting out the last three games.

Feasey was assigned to the Chatham Maroons on Oct. 5, the same day that right winger Brendan Childerley was acquired off waivers from the Owen Sound Attack. Feasey has played five games with the Troops this season, scoring one goal.

The Battalion, which moved its won-lost-extended record to 5-4-4 for 14 points, third in the Central Division, with a 4-1 victory over Barrie on Sunday, knows that the Colts are likely to show a different side in the rematch.

“We know that they’re going to come out fired up Thursday after losing to us Sunday,” said left winger Blake Clarke. “We just need to rely on our defensive style to shut down their big forwards and take them and their fans out of the game early by playing our game.”

Rookie Clarke, who had the first three-point game of his OHL career Sunday, including his fourth goal, said it will be important to play the same style that gave the Troops success in the back-to-back opener.

“We need to play the same way we did Sunday, where we were getting on them early and forechecking hard. The only difference is that we’re going to be the visiting team this time around.”

Barrie is 9-3-1 for 19 points, first in the division and tied for the highest total in the OHL. That showing is largely attributable to a potent offence led by Mark Scheifele with 20 points, Zach Hall with 19 and Anthony Camara with 18, including a team-high 11 goals.

“We were able to take them out of the game on Sunday and that was big,” said Battalion goaltender Matej Machovsky. “It’s going to be tougher on the road, but I like playing in their rink and I know some of the boys do too.”

Machovsky is 4-2-4 with a .918 save percentage and an OHL-leading goals-against average of 2.02. He made 24 saves Sunday as the Troops won a third consecutive home game and completed a stretch of four games in which they garnered seven of a possible eight points.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us,” said Machovsky, “but I think we’re going to make it another tough game for them too.”

After visiting Mississauga, the Battalion hosts the Sarnia Sting at 2 p.m. Sunday on BMO Ultimate Fan Appreciation Day.

The game at Barrie can be seen live in Brampton on Rogers Cable 10 and in Caledon and Orangeville on Rogers Cable 63.

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