67’s come from behind to down Owen Sound
The Owen Sound Attack were the better team through 40 minutes on Sunday afternoon, but a four goal 3rd period by the Ottawa 67’s proved to be the difference.
Ahead 3-0 after two frames, the Attack were felled as Ottawa completed a big comeback, scoring four unanswered goals in the opening 8:42 of the 3rd to come from behind and get the win.
The Attack had more jump off the hop and made the 67’s pay for their sluggish start early in the contest.
Forcing a turnover just inside the Owen Sound blueline, Nick Suzuki picked up the loose puck before dancing his way into the Ottawa end and quickly ripping his 27th of the season past the blocker hand of 67’s goalkeeper Olivier Tremblay.
No assists were recorded on Suzuki’s goal, which came at the 5:10 mark of the opening frame and despite the Attack absolutely dominating Ottawa in the period, only that tally would be scored through 20:00 of play.
When play resumed in the middle stanza, Owen Sound looked like they would continue to take it to the 67’s, but that wasn’t the case.
Reinvigorated after a lacklustre 1st, Ottawa came out in the 2nd ready to play and largely dominated the action up until the last 5:00 of the frame.
A series of huge stops by Olivier Lafreniere seemed to take the wind out of the 67’s sails and gave Owen Sound the momentum they needed to find their stride.
First it was Brett McKenzie increasing Owen Sound’s advantage to two goals after he backhanded home the rebound attempt from a Nick Suzuki shot at the 15:43 mark of the frame. The overage forward was positioned perfectly in the high slot and got his stick on his 15th of the season after Suzuki attempted to swat home the rebound off of a Jacob Friend point blast.
Both the Vegas Golden Knights’ prospect and the Los Angeles Kings’ prospect were awarded assists on the play, which came just 2:42 before Aidan Dudas’ 27th of the campaign made it 3-0.
After the 67’s turned it over in the neutral zone, Attack forward Cade Robinson jumped on the puck and began streaking up the left hand side of the Ottawa zone.
Despite being high sticked in the face, Robinson was able to put a saucer pass perfectly on Dudas’ stick, and the Parry Sound native made no mistake putting it up underneath the cross bar to give the Bears a three to nothing lead heading into the 3rd period.
Ottawa wasn’t going to quietly into the night though, and early in the final frame they cut into Owen Sound’s advantage by scoring a pair of goals before the 3rd was 2:00 old.
Tye Felaber got the home side on the board just 30 seconds into the frame by snapping a rolling puck past Lafreniere to end his bid at a shutout against the team that dealt him to Owen Sound in December.
Then, just over a minute later, Mitchell Hoelscher made it 3-2 after Jacob Cascagnette sprung him on a partial break out of the penalty box.
The 67’s weren’t done there either.
Sasha Chmelevski tied things up at three with 5:49 gone in frame, snapping a shot high over Lafreniere’s glove before getting his 2nd goal of the afternoon at the 8:42 mark of the 3rd to bring Ottawa all the way back from down three to up one with a 4-3 score on the board.
A hard push by the Attack as time wound down brought them close to forcing overtime, but close wasn’t enough as Ottawa successfully fought off Owen Sound’s attempted comeback and held on for a come from behind 4-3 victory.
The home squad swept the Mac Taylor Corporation 3 Stars of the Game, with Chmelevski, Hoelscher, and Olivier Tremblay earning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd stars respectively.
The Mark McDade Chestnut Park Shots on Goal finished at 42-28 in favour of the Attack on the day.
Owen Sound will next be in action on Wednesday night when they play host to the London Knights for what is sure to be a love-filled Valentine’s Day match up.
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