Attack Limp into Final Weekend of Regular Season
The good news for the Owen Sound Attack, they have already secured their place in the 2023 OHL Playoffs as they have hit a late season snag, dropping their third straight game Tuesday night in a disappointing 6-1 game against the Sarnia Sting.
It was a contest that saw both teams missing their leading goal scorer as Attack captain Colby Barlow remains sidelined, while the Sting gave 50-goal man Nolan Burke the night off. Though resting Burke Sarnia did not have any trouble with their offence Tuesday night, as they scored early and often in the opening 20 minutes.
The scoring kicked off just 1:34 after opening puck drop as the Sting came out humming, forcing the Attack into quick decisions with the puck, which more often than not resulted in turnovers. Sarnia stretched their lead to 2-0 just four minutes later, as Owen Sound struggled to get any consistent puck possession early on. As the period began to wind down, Deni Goure was able to get the Attack on the board as he deflected home a Teddy Sawyer point shot, but Sarnia responded just 30 seconds later.
A goal just over a minute into period two saw Sarnia extend their lead to four goals, and from there the game went on cruise control.The Sting would add a late period marker before the middle frame ended to just add some insurance onto their lead going into the final 20, but ultimately it was not needed.
Owen Sound struggled all game to gain any traction on offence, and when they did generate long stretches of controlling the play, they were largely kept to the outside and away from the house area as the Sting showed that they could play strong defence to go along with their top notch offence.
The Attack now head into a final weekend road trip to round out the regular season, with their first stop in Sarnia for a rematch against the Sting. A trip across the boarder will see stops in Flint before the season wraps up Sunday evening in Saginaw. Owen Sound has an outside shot at finishing in 5th place in the Western Conference, as they remain four points back of Flint, but have Guelph in between and are currently tied with Kitchener. Tickets for home playoff games are currently on sale and can be purchased at the MacVicor and McComb Sutton Realty Attack Box Office by calling 519-371-7452 or going online.