In the opening game of a weekend home and home, the Owen Sound Attack traveled down Highway 6 to battle the Guelph Storm at the Sleeman Centre Friday night. In a very penalty filled affair the Attack fell 4-3 in the shootout to the rival Storm.
The home Storm opened the scoring during their first of seven power play opportunities just under half way into the first period. The Attack were able to pull back even just over three minutes later when Kaleb Lawrence tipped home and Ethan Burroughs shot directly off an offensive zone face-off. The Storm would re-take the lead in the final five minutes of the opening period, and while the Attack were successful in a late period penalty kill, they headed into the intermission knowing they need to keep the game 5-on-5.
Though being called for three more penalties in the second period, the Attack were able to influence the game during 5-on-5, as captain Colby Barlow evened the score at 2-2 just over halfway through the second period. After a couple more successful penalty kills, the Attack claimed their first lead of the game just seconds into the their second power play of the night, as Deni Goure blasted a shoot past the Storm net minder.
Play in the third saw the Storm begin to push back, as they tried to even the game. The Attack held strong, keeping the Storm at bay until late in the period, when Guelph captain Cooper Walker’s shot beat a screened Nick Chenard to even the game at 3-3.
Extra hockey was needed, and it was the Guelph Storm with the best chances in the extra frame, as they looked to capitalize on an overtime power play. Once again the Attack held firm and forced the game to a shootout. During the skills competition it was Storm forward Max Namestnikov tallying the lone goal as the Storm were able to claim the shootout victory.
The teams will meet again at the Bayshore tomorrow night in the Attack’s annual Toys for Tots night. Fans are asked to bring new and unwrapped toys for donation or a cash donation is excepted. Tickets for the game can be purchased at the MacVicor and McComb Sutton Realty Attack Box Office by calling (519) 371-7452 or online at ticket.attackhockey.com.