Game 1 of the OHL Western Conference Final between our Owen Sound Attack and the Windsor Spitfires was played in Owen Sound Tuesday evening. The two hockey clubs faced each other four times during the regular season. Our Attack won three of the four. Three of the games were 4-3 scores with an Attack win in overtime and a Spitfire win in a shootout. The fourth game was a 6-4 Attack win in Windsor with the 6th goal being an empty netter. Very close contests indeed ! Not game one !
Final score Owen Sound 8 – Windsor 1. Final shots on net were 39-33 Windsor.
On the way into the rink, a fan was overheard to say, “I think this will be a one goal game or a blowout”. The way these teams matchup, who would have thought that other than a mix-up by an Attack defender in the 2nd period that allowed the Spits to score a power play goal on goaltender Scott Stajcer, that this could have been an 8-0 shutout for our Attack.
Things didn’t start great for Owen Sound. Windsor was fresh off a 6 game series with the Saginaw Spirit, while the Attack had been idle since April 13th. Windsor brought their speed game and threw it at the Attack to start. No shots on net by either team till around the 4 minute mark, but then things got going. The Attack started to find their game and respond to the intensity the Spitfires were bringing. It was like a “welcome back to the playoffs Attack”. Jarrod Maidens slapped in his 2nd of the post season at 14:17. Jarrod finished a play where Jay Gilbert had fired a shot toward the Windsor net that was blocked. Robby Mignardi then shot the loose puck at Windsor netminder Jack Campbell with the rebound going off to Jarrod.
What may have been the turning point of the game and was the game winning goal came at 19:51 of the first. Nine seconds left in the period and the Attack playing short-handed, Garrett Wilson carried the puck toward Windsor star defender Ryan Ellis and left the puck for Joey Hishon who trailed in behind him. Joey has a “big league” wrist shot and wired one at Campbell. Jack got part of it, but Joey’s 2nd of the post season made this a 2-0 first period for the Attack. Ellis would try to get under the skin of Wilson all game. Shots on net were 10-10.
The Spitfires were working a PP when Adrian Robertson was able to beat Stajcer with a wrist shot from the high slot at 6:39 of the second. That goal could have made things interesting.
22 seconds later though, Cameron Brace and Andrew Shaw were in on a 2-on-1 and worked it textbook. Cameron drew the defender and Campbell, then fed Andrew who slammed his 4th of the post season at 7:01. The Attack would not look back.
Kenny Ryan was one of the Windsor players that was “looking for trouble” this game. Working hard and finishing their checks. Ryan is a Toronto Maple Leaf prospect and Brian Burke was in the building. Ryan was in the penalty box when Joey Hishon made it 4-1. The best looking goal of the affair, with Joey coming out of the right corner, stopping up in front of Campbell, backing up a bit and rifling that big wrist shot high short side at 10:24.
Windsor right winger Jeff Brown was assessed 4 minor penalties. Roughing, roughing, charging and slashing. Easy to figure what he was up to. Jeff was in the penalty box when Garrett Wilson made it a 5-1 game at 14:47. Garrett simply drove a loose puck by Campbell before he could set up.
62 seconds later it was 6-1. Jay Gilbert’s shot from the right point was blocked, but Brendan Childerley was there to slap it out of the air for his 4th post season goal at 15:49.
Jack Campbell was the goaltender for the USA hockey club at the 2011 World Juniors in Buffalo. Jack did not look good on the 7th Attack goal. Matt Petgrave and Andrew Shaw did though. Matt rushed the puck down the left wall before taking a pretty heavy hit. Andrew was running with Matt and was there to take the loose puck. Andrew quickly snapped a shot far side on Campbell that looked like Jack might like to try again. Andrew’s 5th goal of the post season came with just 21 seconds left in the second period. 7-1 Attack. Shots on net were then 29-25 Windsor.
The lone goal of the third period was our Attack’s 3rd PP marker. Andrew Shaw worked around behind the Windsor net skating counter-clockwise before finding Roman Berdnikov out front. Roman slammed his 5th of the post season at 10:36.
The Spits finished the game with six consecutive infractions. Attack alumnus, Edmonton Oiler Theo Peckham, was in the crowd. His type our Attack could possibly have used. Kenny Ryan was sent off for roughing Stajcer at 18:23 and with Zack MacQueen seeing maybe his first shift of the game and landing on the back of Stajcer when he was down, Attack Head Coach Mark Reeds thought to protect his veteran goaltender and replaced Scott with Jordan Binnington. More slashing penalties and a misconduct, but nobody hurt.
Our Attack have won game one. They will have to beat the defending champs four times though to win the Conference title. It is a long road to the championship and the Spits have won it all the last two seasons. Lots of great hockey coming up !
The Dickies Clothing Hardest Working Player of the Game was Scott Stajcer.
The Kelsey’s Neighbourhood Bar and Grill Attacker of the Game was Joey Hishon.
The 3 Stars of the Game were:
1st Star – Andrew Shaw
2nd Star – Joey Hishon
3rd Star – Jarrod Maidens
Game 1 – Tuesday April 19 – Attack 8 – Spitfires 1.
Game 2 – Thursday April 21 at 7:05 pm at Windsor
Game 3 – Saturday April 23 at 7:30 pm at Owen Sound
Game 4 – Monday April 25 at 7:05 pm at Windsor
Game 5 – Wednesday April 27 at 7:00 pm at Owen Sound*
Game 6 – Friday April 29 at 7:05 pm at Windsor*
Game 7 – Sunday May 1 at 2:00 pm at Owen Sound*
Don’t miss any of them ! All road games can be heard live on Grey Motors Bear Radio with Fred Wallace on 560 CFOS, on Rogers TV local Channel 53 or via OHL Livestream online by clicking
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