The Owen Sound Attack faced another three in three weekend for the second week in a row, starting out in Oshawa tonight at the Tribute Communities Centre. They were looking to make a rebound from their last game vs. Windsor, a 6-1 loss. With a rollercoaster, back and forth game, the Attack came out on top and took down the Gens 6-4.
Mack Guzda got the start tonight after winning Huron Tractor Player of the Week last week.
Attack found the first powerplay of the game when Gens Eric Henderson got caught slashing on Trent Bourque and was sent to the box just over 8 minutes into the first.
The Generals got on the board first when Mack Guzda mishandled the puck to leave an open net for Nando Eggenberger to land his 6th goal of the season. The play was assisted by Kyle MacLean and Eric Henderson.
Both the Attack and the Gens saw some big chances in the first period with multiple posts but only the Gens found the back of the net.
Mark McDade Chestnut Park shots on goal for the Attack were 9, and the Gens were 5.
Jackson Doherty headed to the box at the beginning of the second period for boarding, sending the Gens to their first powerplay of the evening. The Attack kill the penalty and keep the Gens lead to 1.
Six minutes into the second, Gens Kyle MacLean is sent to the box for slashing and the Attack headed to the powerplay once again. Just before the powerplay was over, Aidan Dudas finds the back of the net for his 9th goal of the season. The play was assisted by Kevin Hancock and Nick Suzuki.
Two minutes later, assistant captain Kevin Hancock went bar down to give Owen Sound the lead 2-1, assisted by Daylon Groulx and Dudas.
Doherty headed to the box again 12 minutes into the second for tripping, and the Attack headed to the penalty kill again. They successfully killed off the man-advantage to keep the lead.
Oshawa headed to the powerplay as Trent Bourque got called for tripping and Nathan Ennis shortly into the man-advantage finds the back of the net to bring the score tied at 2-2 with just over 4 minutes left to go in the second.
Mark McDade Chestnut Park shots on goal were 4-13 in the second period, in favour of Oshawa.
The third period began and Gens captain Jack Studnicka found his 7th goal of the season as he sneaks the puck past Owen Sound netminder Mack Guzda. The Gens were up 3-2 early in the third, the play assisted by Danil Antropov.
Mitchell Russell got called on a head check to Nick Wong and headed to the box to send the Attack to another penalty kill.
Just under 5 minutes into the third, Kevin Hancock made a beauty pass to Aidan Dudas who made the shot past Gens netminder Cole Ceci to tie the game up again at 3.
Gens responded quickly and brought Oshawa to the lead again as Ian Blacker snuck the puck past Guzda, assisted by Studnicka and Serron Noel at 7:51.
Attack coach Todd Gill pulled Mack Guzda from net, and rookie Andrew MacLean was sent between the pipes halfway into the third.
Attack evened it up once again as Zach Roberts scored his first goal of the year after returning tonight for his first game of the season after suffering an injury in pre-season. The play was assisted by Cade Robinson and Carter Robertson, bringing the game to 4-4.
Attack captain Nick Suzuki found the puck from Maksim Sushko at 16:43 and sniped it past Ceci to give Owen Sound the 5-4 lead with just over three minutes left in the game.
Oshawa pulls their goalie and Maksim Sushko stands alone, finds the puck and passes it to Hancock who scores on the empty net for his 12th goal of the season.
Gens Giovanni Vallati headed to the box for roughing and the Attack spent the last 20 seconds of the game on the powerplay.
Owen Sound Attack’s Aidan Dudas earned first star honours for his two goals and one assist of the night. Second star honours went to Oshawa Generals Jack Studnicka, with one goals and one assist and Ian Blacker earned the third star, with one goal on the evening.
Nick Suzuki, scoring his 118th OHL goal tonight, earned the Hatten Home Hardware Hardest Working Player of the Game, voted by the fans.
At the end of three, Mark McDade Chestnut Park shots on goal were tied at 28.
The Attack are back in action tomorrow evening when they take on the London Knights for their third match up of the season at the Harry Lumley Bayshore, a 7:30PM puck drop.
Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available at the MacVicar & McComb ReMax Attack Box Office, online at www.attackhockey.com, or by calling 519.371.7452.
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