A bad third period ensures the Mississauga Steelheads longest losing skid of the season will continue.

The host Barrie Colts scored twice in the final period to skate to a 4-2 win and hand the reeling Steelheads their fourth-straight loss in OHL action, Nov. 29, at the Molson Centre. Jacob Tortora, with a hat trick, and Aidan Brown scored for the Colts (14-11-1-0), who moved to within a point of Mississauga for third place in the Central Division.

Cole Carter, with his team-leading 20th goal of the season, and Michael Little scored for the Steelheads (14-10-2-0), who played a solid 40 minutes to start the contest only to have things come apart in the final 20.

“I thought we played well for two periods and, then, the third period I don’t think we had much energy at all and didn’t match their passion for the game,” said a disappointed Steelheads head coach James Richmond after the loss. “They looked like they wanted to win more than we did.”

Things got off to a rough start for Mississauga when Alan Lysczarczyk was handed a five-minute major and game misconduct for a check to the head just five minutes in, but the Steelheads managed to kill it off and finished a solid opening period on top after Carter’s power-play marker late in the period. The teams traded power-play goals in the second, but Richmond could only watch as the Colts dominated the third, scoring twice and outshooting the Steelheads, 14-4.

“We had a lot of things to build off and for some reason our third period was as bad as I’ve seen this year,” he said.

The Colts scored the winner at 9:07 of the final frame when Brown pounced on rebound off a Chris Cameron point shot. Tortora completed the hat trick three minutes later, when he rifled it over the shoulder of Mississauga goaltender Jacob Ingham. Tortora, who was acquired by the Colts from the Kitchener Rangers last week, now has six goals in his first four games with Barrie. All three of his goals on Ingham went top shelf.

“He’s got a great shot,” Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk said of his new sniper. “Early on he couldn’t seem to score and all of a sudden once he got the first one, he felt good about it and scored some quick goals. He’s quick, buzzes quick and he’s got a quick release. That should make for some good offence.”

The Steelheads are right back at it on Nov. 30, when they return home to face the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

Richmond felt some of his players had their own agenda in Barrie and it hurt the team. It’s something that must change if the Steelheads are to snap their four-game losing skid.

“We’ll try to regroup, talk to a few players and see if we can get it going,” Richmond said.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Photo: Cole Carter scored his team-leading 20th goal, but it wasn’t enough as the Mississauga Steelheads dropped their fourth straight with a 4-2 loss to the Barrie Colts, Nov. 29, at the Barrie Molson Centre. Terry Wilson/OHL Images photo