Russell powers Attack in comeback win
The Owen Sound Attack needed a stellar effort from a rookie to come back from 1-0 down to the Oshawa Generals on Wednesday, Sept. 13, but four straight goals over the final two periods gave the Bayshore Boys a 4-1 win in their 3rd exhibition game of the season.
A hat-trick from Mitchell Russell spurred the comeback for the Attack, who also got a goal from Aidan Dudas in the come from behind win and moved to 3-0 in the pre-season action.
The Generals opened the scoring in the neutral site game when Allan McShane tickled the twine at the 8:12 mark of the opening frame, forcing the Attack to head to the 2nd period trailing 1-0, despite outshooting Oshawa 13-7.
The momentum that the visitors built up in the 1st did eventually pay off though, and at the 2:26 mark of the middle stanza, rookie Mitchell Russell notched his first of the pre-season to even things back up. The Attack’s 1st selection in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Russell found the back of the net with a shorthanded tally, capitalizing on a feed from Daylon Groulx.
Things would stat tied at one until Russell picked up his 2nd of the evening almost exactly 10:00 after he scored his first.
This time, Russell took a feed from Vasili Filyaev and then went high with a snapshot to put Owen Sound ahead by a 2-1 score at the 12:27 mark of the 2nd.
Russell’s goal would spell the end of the game for Generals’ netminder Logan Gauthier, who turned in 18 saves on 20 shots in 32:27 of action.
He was replaced by Nathan Torchia, while Mack Guzda also came in to give Zack Bowman a break after Bowman made 11 stops on 12 Oshawa attempts.
Owen Sound’s one goal margin grew to a pair thanks to another early period goal off of the stick of Mitchell Russell who scored again 4:26 of the 3rd period to make it 3-1 and a natural hat-trick for the rookie. Snagging the assists on Russell’s 3rd of the evening were Alan Lyszczarczyk and Nick Pryce.
The Attack were good for one more goal on the night, another shorthanded goal that came courtesy of Aidan Dudas.
With 1:07 left in regulation, Dudas muscled the puck into the empty net to make it a 4-1 final for the Attack, getting assists from Chase Campbell and Igor Chibrikov along the way.
Dudas was named the Mac Taylor Corporation 2nd Star of the Game for his efforts while Mitchell Russell earned 1st star on the evening. Oshawa’s Allan McShane was named the game’s 3rd star.
The duo of Zack Bowman and Mack Guzda combined to make 18 stops on 19 shots on the evening as the Mark McDade Chestnut Park Real Estate shots on goal finished at 29-19 in favour of the Attack.
Owen Sound will play their next game on Saturday, Sept. 16 when the North Bay Battalion come to town for a 2:00pm game that falls in the middle of Owen Sound Rib Fest.
The Attack and Rib Fest have partnered to provide all fans in attendance at Saturday’s game with free admission and a food voucher for Rib Fest, valid for either Saturday, Sept. 16 or Sunday, Sept. 17.
Fans must simply present their Attack ticket at the Rib Fest gate to receive free entry as well as a voucher for two free sides with the purchase of a rack of ribs.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available at the MacVicar & McComb ReMax Attack Box Office, while tickets for all regular season Attack games can also be purchased online at www.attackhockey.com, or by calling 519-371-7452.
Saturday’s game will be available LIVE on Rogers Local 53.
Parking at the Bayshore will be limited on the weekend, and fans in attendance at both Rib Fest and the Attack vs. Battalion game are encouraged to arrive early and park in the front of the Bayshore, OR, park at the Owen Sound Health Clinic and take the shuttle being provided by Rib Fest to the Bayshore.
All accessible and suite parking at the rear of the Bayshore will not be compromised by Rib Fest, while parking at the side and front of the Bayshore will be available.
For more information on Rib Fest please click HERE.
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