Sushko Sinks Spits in OT
Saturday night’s matchup at the Bayshore comes between teams who are looking to turn their fortunes around in the month of February. While Windsor is currently below Owen Sound in the standings, it looked to be a hard-fought battle between two teams hungry for a win.
The Attack were looking to get off to a strong start and take an early lead against the Spitfires. Maksim Sushko did just that after Brady Lyle found him on a pretty backdoor feed and he slid it past Colton Incze to give the Attack a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the opening period. Owen Sound couldn’t find the back of the net for the rest of the frame, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. The Windsor goalie continuously shut the door on Attack chances and kept this 1-0 through 1.
The second period began with former Attack player Chase Campbell scoring on a breakaway just under 6 minutes in to tie the game at 1. Owen Sound wasn’t deterred and despite some problems taking penalties, Aidan Dudas found the back of the net shorthanded after a snipe from the slot at the Attack led once again. On Groundhog Day, things tend to repeat themselves and unfortunately Jean-Luc Foudy scored his 5th of the season to tie it up once again at 2-2. Owen Sound controlled play in the second but some spectacular saves from Incze led to this one being knotted at the break at 2 each. Shots on goal in the period were 15-11 in favour of the Bears.
Heading into the third period, Owen Sound was hoping to take the edge over Windsor but they couldn’t solve Incze. Owen Sound’s penalty kill was strong, holding off the Spitfires on their first 7 opportunities but on the 8th they broke through with Tyler Angle’s 15th of the season. The Attack were trailing but kept the pressure up, pulling the goalie with over 3 minutes remaining in the game. Owen Sound received their 4th power play of the game and Barret Kirwin scored his 13th of the season with 1:21 left on the clock. Neither team scored in the waning moments and the teams headed to overtime.
Overtime began with Windsor controlling possession of the puck but no clear chances on Mack Guzda. The Attack finally gained the puck and a power play advantage late in the extra frame. Maksim Sushko scored his 2nd of the game and 13th of the season to send the fans home happy and the Attack win their 24th of the year.
Your Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the game as voted by the fans was Carter Robertson. The Mac Taylor Corporation Three Stars were Aidan Dudas, Colton Incze and Maksim Sushko.
The Owen Sound Attack are back in action next Thursday in Barrie against the Colts. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
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