Sarnia wasn’t fooling around tonight as they opened scoring 21 seconds into the game. Hugo Leufvenius slid one five-hole past Attack netminder Mack Guzda, assisted by Jacob Perreault.
Just over 6 minutes into the first Kevin Hancock got the Bears on the board, with his 17th goal of the season, assisted by Daylon Groulx and Markus Phillips.
The game did not stay tied long, as just a few moments later Nick Suzuki scored his 17th of the season as well, sneaking one around the Sting netminder Ethan Langevin. Kaleb Pearson and Maksim Sushko picked up assists on the play.
Mark McDade Chestnut Park shots on goal in period one were 13 for the Attack, 10 for the Sting.
To open the 2nd period, Groulx and Mitch Eliot of the Sting each got sent to the box for roughing. 2 minutes of 4-on-4 hockey created a few chances for both teams, however neither side could capitalize.
Nearing 6 minutes into the frame, the Attack went to work on their first powerplay of the night, as Franco Sproviero of the Sting headed to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct. Despite lots of zone time, the Attack couldn’t manage to beat Langevin and we headed back to even strength.
The Attack were sent to the penalty kill with 11:24 to go in the 2nd, as they were caught with too many men on the ice. Following a successful kill, the Bears were faced with another penalty kill, as Markus Phillips got called for cross-checking. Sarnia could not get past some fantastic penalty kill work by Aidan Dudas and Maksim Sushko, and the score remained 2-1.
With a little over 3 minutes to play in the 2nd, Sushko left the game after taking a high stick to the face. There was no call on the play however, much to the dismay of the 2,946 referees in the crowd.
Brayden Guy was sent to the box for hooking in the final minute of the 2nd, and Brady Lyle extended our lead to 3-1 with a powerplay goal. Assists went to Kevin Hancock and Nick Suzuki, as our powerplay managed to stay red-hot.
Mark McDade Chestnut Park shots on goal in period 2 were 10 for the Attack and 14 for Sarnia.
The Attack came out flying to start the 3rd, and Trent Bourque was able to cash in his 1st goal of the season, following a nice shift and assists from Mitchell Russell and Cade Robinson. Just over 3 minutes later, Kaleb Pearson tipped home a shot from the point to extend the Attack lead, with his 3rd goal of the season. Assists on the play went to Markus Phillips and Captain Nick Suzuki.
Everyone wanted to get in on the goal scoring spree, as a few minutes later Daylon Groulx buried his 6th of the season, as both his line-mates Hancock and Dudas got assists on the play. This made the score 6-1 for the Attack.
Sting land a penalty with 3 seconds to go in the game and the Attack win 6-1!
Owen Sound’s Nick Suzuki earned first star honours with one goal and two assists on the night, while defenceman Markus Phillips earned the second star with 2 assists. Owen Sound rookie Kaleb Pearson earned third star honours with a goal and an assist on the game.
Attack netminder Mack Guzda stopped 32 shots in the game, winning the Hatten Home Hardware Hardest Working Player of the Game, voted by the fans.
At the end of three, Mark McDade shots on goal were 33-22, in favour of the Sting.
The Owen Sound Attack are at the Peterborough Memorial Centre tomorrow night for 7:05PM game against the Petes. The Attack are back at home on Saturday night, when they take on the Flint Firebirds for their first match up of the season. The game is a 7:30PM puck drop at the Harry Lumley Bayshore.
Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased at the MacVicar & McComb ReMax Attack Box Office, online at www.attackhockey.com or at 519.371.7452.
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