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Detroit Red Wings pick Andreas Athanasiou’s beautiful end-to-end goal (VIDEO)

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Red Wings fourth-rounder Andreas Athanasiou (OHL Images)

The Barrie Colts broke out new line combos on Thursday, but their winning goal in Windsor was all Andreas Athanasiou.

The Detroit Red Wings fourth-rounder — the Barrie Bolt? And1 Athanasiou? — is one of the fleetest players in junior hockey. Spitfires defenceman Saverio Posa can probably vouch for that what happened in on Thursday. In the second period, Double-A accelerated out of his own zone and used his world-class wheels to back up the Windsor defenders so quickly that Posa blew a tire and fell down in front of 5,408 spectators. Athanasiou went on to put a shot off the post and in, sending the Colts well on their way to a victory.

The play starts at 1:28 into TV Cogeco Ontario's recap.

The 18-year-old Athanasiou is no stranger to YouTube highlights, but there has always been some question of how well he can apply those sweet skills in game situations. Thursday was one instance where he did, leaving people wonder if he'll look Detroit look very smart for taking him in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL draft. He has a big test ahead of him, though, on Friday. The Colts face his former team, the league-leading London Knights, in a matchup of the OHL's top two teams. It's doubtful the Knights were planning on giving Athanasiou as much space as Windsor afforded him on Thursday, to their regret.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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