Rookie goaltender Mack Guzda stood on his head on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and turned in a 22 save performance for his 1st career Ontario Hockey League victory in a 5-2 win over the Erie Otters.
Aidan Dudas found the back of the net twice on the evening, while singles came from Jacob Friend, Kevin Hancock and Alan Lyszczarczyk.
Erie got on the board first when a soft lob towards the net by Ivan Lodnia caromed off of a few bodies before trickling across the goal line to give the Otters the 1-0 edge at the 3:41 mark of the frame.
Owen Sound was quick to re-inject some life into their home crowd though when Alan Lyszczarczyk tickled the twine for his 4th of the season just 1:38 later.
The Polish national was fed the puck in the high slot by Ethan Szypula and beat a down and out Troy Timpano up high to even things at one. Markus Phillips also assisted on the play.
Then, the Attack were able to grab their first lead of the game when an aggressive forecheck by the trio of Jonah Gadjovich, Nick Suzuki, and Kevin Hancock stifled the Otters deep in their own zone.
That pressure eventually saw Suzuki feed a cross crease pass to Hancock who buried his 2nd of the year for a 2-1 Attack lead at 10:13 of the opening period.
Hancock’s goal firmly tilted the ice in Owen Sound’s favour with the remainder of the period playing out in the Otters’ zone before the home side comfortably skated to the intermission with the 2-1 lead and a 16-6 advantage on the Mark McDade Chestnut Park Real Estate Shot Clock.
The scoring took a bit longer to get started in the 2nd period, but the Attack’s possession dominance that was on full display in the opening frame also carried over into the middle stanza.
As a result, it was Aidan Dudas ripping his 3rd of the season past a screened Troy Timpano at the 8:46 mark of the frame to put the Attack up 3-1. Assists on the play were Sean Durzi and Zachary Roberts, while Ethan Szypula plopped his body perfectly in front of the Erie goalkeeper, preventing him from seeing Dudas’ release.
Erie got one back though, thanks to Kyle Maksimovich capitalizing on the game’s first special teams opportunity at 14:09 of the 2nd.
The Attack’s dogged saw them restore their two goal lead with a fair amount of ease however, and picking up his 2nd goal of the game was Aidan Dudas who grabbed a neutral zone pass from Jacob Friend before putting on a quick toe-drag and ripping the biscuit past Timpano for the 4-2 lead.
Friend was the lone player to garner an assist on the goal, which wound up as the final marker of the frame.
Looking to put another tick in the points column, Friend would do one better than an assist in the 3rd period, making good on a hooking penalty to Erie’s Owen Headrick by blasting a slapshot into the back of the cage at the 4:49 mark of the period.
Markus Phillips and Ethan Szypula drew the assists on the play, which wound up as the game’s final goal as the Attack’s captain was able to cement a 5-2 victory for the home team.
Erie’s Owen Headrick was named the Mac Taylor Corporation 3rd Star of the Game, while Friend picked up 2nd star honours thanks to a one goal, one assist performance. Earning the prestigious 1st star honours was Aidan Dudas who scored twice in the win.
Mack Guzda was named the Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the Game on Wednesday night, turning aside 22 shots in the victory as the Mark McDade Chestnut Park Shots on Goal finished at 39-24 for the Attack on the evening.
Following Wednesday night’s game the Attack released forward Nick Pryce. The organization would like to thank Nick for his contributions to the team and wish him nothing but the best in the future.
Owen Sound is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 14 when they play host to the Oshawa Generals in a 7:30pm puck drop.
Tickets for that game, and all remaining Attack Home Games, 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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