The Owen Sound Attack kicked off the exhibition schedule with a dominant 5-1 win over the visiting Barrie Colts on Sunday, Sept. 3.
A pair of goals by Alan Lyszczarczyk and singles by Jacob Friend, Kevin Hancock, and Matthew Struthers provided the offence as 15 saves by Zach Bowman was enough to pick up the victory in front of an eager Bayshore Community Centre.
Owen Sound’s first game of the pre season started with a little bit of sibling rivalry as Attack centreman Nick Suzuki took the game’s opening draw – and won – against his younger brother Ryan, who the Colts selected 1st overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.
But until the last minute of play in the frame, that faceoff would be really the only action that got a rise out of the fans.
Despite earning a pair of opportunities on the man advantage, the Attack powerplay unit would fail to convert, making Barrie’s Christian Propp look stellar in goal.
Owen Sound would find a chink in the armour, though, and with 35 seconds left in the period Alan Lyszczarczyk jumped on a loose puck and went streaking into the Colts zone on a breakaway, eventually pushing the puck into the back of the net for a 1-0 Attack lead.
The horn would sound soon after and Owen Sound skated into the break nursing that one goal lead with a 16-4 advantage on the shot clock.
The ice wasn’t even dry yet when play resumed for the 2nd when Lyszczarczyk picked up his 2nd of the game off of another breakaway.
This time, Nick Suzuki would pick up the assist on the play, flipping the puck up to Lysczarczyk who made a bee-line behind the Colts’ defence after jumping off the bench.
Lyszczarczyk’s 2nd of the game came just 36 seconds into the middle stanza, putting the Colts on their heels early in the period.
Owen Sound wasn’t done there either.
At 4:33 of the 2nd, Jacob Friend made no mistake on a one-time pass from Suzuki, making it 3-0 for the home side.
Owen Sound’s relentless push was halted by a four minute high sticking penalty to rookie forward Jackson Doherty, forcing the Bears to play defence for an extended period of time.
The Bayshore Boys didn’t bend, though, and a solid penalty kill coupled with five saves by Zach Bowman sent Owen Sound to the dressing room with a 3-0 lead.
And just like the 2nd period, the 3rd began with a quick strike from the Attack, this time courtesy of Mathew Struthers.
Struthers would slip behind a sleeping Colts’ defence and make no mistake, ripping his first of the pre-season through the five hole of Kai Edmonds,who took over in net for Christian Propp at the midway point of the game.
Nick King and Jacob Friend garnered the assists on the play, which briefly made it a four goal lead.
Barrie was able to get on the board though, when Lucas Chiodo converted on a pass from Ryan Suzuki at 4:34 of the 3rd to make it 4-1 in favour of Owen Sound.
Kevin Hancock restored the four goal lead with 1:20 to play in the game, however, converting on passes from Lyszczarczyk and King to round out the scoring and give the Attack a 5-1 win in their pre-season opener.
Zach Bowman turned aside 16 shots on the afternoon, as the shots on goal finished at 35-17 for the Attack.
Owen Sound will now head to Barrie on Labour Day Monday to square off again with the Colts. Puck drop for that game is set for 6:00pm.
The Attack’s next home exhibition game is their final contest of the pre-season and will be played on Saturday, Oct. 16 at home against the North Bay Battalion. Puck drop for that game is set for 2:00pm and tickets can be purchased at the MacVicar & McComb ReMax Attack Box Office.
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