The Attack met the Rangers once again tonight at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, their 6th meeting since Christmas with the Rangers holding the season series lead 4-1. Wednesday’s game was marked with poor weather and a poor start for the Attack, and they hoped the clear skies Friday would bode well for the team heading into the Midwest divisional matchup.
Unfortunately, the Rangers had different ideas and got on the board just 33 seconds into the game when Riley Damiani capitalized on an Attack turnover and put Kitchener up 1-0. Isaac Langdon put the Rangers up 2-0 on their first power play of the night just 6 minutes in and Owen Sound was on their heels. The Attack pushed back in the second half of the period and Maksim Sushko just missed a wide-open net that would have cut the lead to one. The Rangers scored one against the current of play with less than two minutes remaining and the Attack would head to the locker room down 3-0. Shots on goal in the 1st were in Kitchener’s favour, 11-9.
The Attack jumped out with more energy to begin the second period but the Rangers would be the ones to score first. Rickard Hugg converted on a set play and the Attack would trail 4-0. Back and forth action followed for the remainder of the 2nd including a pair of power play chances for the Attack but the Bears couldn’t get one past Luke Richardson. At the end of 2, the Attack were behind in goals 4-0 and in shots as well, 23-21.
Owen Sound opened the 3rd period with an opportunity to test out their special teams, dealing with a 5 on 3 disadvantage for the first 40 seconds. They managed to kill off both penalties but 5 minutes in, Damiani was awarded a penalty shot. MacLean followed him all the way in and shut the door, but Joseph Garreffa scored a minute later to extend the lead to 5-0. The Attack had a late chance on a power play opportunity, but the Rangers got the most of it scoring a shorthanded goal to put them up 6-0. Adam McMaster finally broke through and ruined the shutout bid for Richardson, but the Attack would fall 6-1 in the end.
The Mac Taylor Corporation three stars of the game were Luke Richardson, Riley Damiani and Rickard Hugg. The Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the Game was Adam McMaster.
The Owen Sound Attack are back in action tomorrow night at the Bayshore to meet the Windsor Spitfires. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
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