Attack come from behind to take down IceDogs
Led by a pair of goals from Markus Phillips and Alan Lyszczarczyk, the Owen Sound Attack scored five times in the 3rd period to erase a 2-1 deficit and defeat the Niagara IceDogs 6-3 in a Friday night thriller.
Trailing by a single tally near the midway mark of the 3rd, Brady Lyle scored the tying marker before Phillips put the Attack ahead for good at 11:32 of the frame in the massive come from behind win.
Owen Sound got off to a good start on the road, grabbing a 1-0 lead at the 8:29 mark of the opening frame thanks Markus Phillips’ 6th of the campaign.
A strong forecheck by the Attack forced Niagara to attempt to clear the zone by flinging the puck up the sideboards, but Phillips was laying in wait and quickly got a snapshot onto the IceDogs’ net.
Tipped by Ben Jones in front, the shot evaded Stephen Dhillon and went into the top corner for the game’s opening goal – an unassisted tally for the LA King’s prospect.
That 1-0 score held until the game’s other number 18 – Niagara’s Matt Philip – evened things up by roofing one on Mack Guzda on the tail end of a Trent Bourque slashing call.
Even though the Owen Sound defender had stepped back on the ice, the Niagara forward dropped down to one knee before snapping the biscuit into the back of the net at 11:56 of the middle stanza.
Both teams tightened up after the game was brought level at one, and the remainder of the 2nd was primarily a neutral zone battle with neither team giving an inch.
Eventually, though, someone had to take the lead.
And at the 4:20 mark of the 3rd period, it was the Niagara IceDogs taking their first lead of the game.
Sneaking into the slot from the corner to the right of Mack Guzda was Akil Thomas, who was able to get his stick on a point shot by Justin MacPherson and tip the puck home, giving Niagara a 2-1 advantage.
That’s when the Attack seemed to wake up, and take over.
Relentless pressure by all four Owen Sound lines quickly hemmed the IceDogs in their own end, and even though Adrian Carbonara was able to get his body in front of a pair of Markus Phillips’ blasts, with 9:27 gone in the frame Brady Lyle was able to spark the Attack comeback.
A block by Carbonara saw the puck ricochet right onto Lyle’s stick, and the North Bay native quickly fired the puck past a screened Stephen Dhillon to draw Owen Sound level.
Just 2:05 later, the Attack were back at it, this time with a Lyle blast from the point rebounding onto Phillips’ stick with the 3rd year blueliner quickly hammering it into the top corner of the Niagara cage to make it 3-2.
That seemed to open the floodgates, and at 12:39 of the 3rd, Alan Lyszczarczyk picked up a Trent Bourque shot that was heading wide and tucked it into the yawning net for his 13th of the year and a 4-2 Attack advantage.
Lyszczarczyk also scored into the empty IceDogs net with 1:39 left in regulation to all but ice the game at 5-2, but the teams would still trade goals before the horn sounded to end the game.
With 18 seconds to go, Adrian Carbonara was able to sneak a fluttering puck past Mack Guzda to make it a more respectable 5-3 score, but the Attack weren’t going to be denied their three goal win.
With three seconds remaining on the clock, Fort Erie native Daylon Groulx gave the hometown crowd something to cheer about, poking home his 8th of the season in a net front scramble to finish the game with a score of 6-3 in favour of the Attack on the board.
Markus Phillips and Brady Lyle were named the 1st and 2nd Mac Taylor Corporation Stars of the Game, respectively, with Niagara’s Akil Thomas picking up 2nd star honours.
Mack Guzda made 30 stops in the win for the Attack, as the Mark McDade Chestnut Park Shots on Goal favoured the visitors at 41-33 on the night.
Owen Sound continues play this weekend by squaring off against the Ottawa 67’s at the Bayshore on Saturday night.
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