Tonight the Owen Sound Attack faced a highway 26 rivalry against the Barrie Colts at the Bayshore. The Bears were coming off a tough game on the road against Niagara and looking for a much need two points. Not to mention the sibling rivalry on the ice between the Suzuki brothers…
The first ten minutes of the game seemed slow with only 4 shots on goal for the Attack, until Zach Roberts found his fourth goal of the season, squeaking the puck past Barrie netminder Maksim Zhukov.
A big scuffle in front of the Attack net sent Daylon Groulx off for cross-checking and the Attack headed to their first penalty kill of the evening. Aidan Dudas got a short-handed breakaway but couldn’t finish the play. Kaleb Pearson was sent off shortly after and the Attack spent another two minutes on the PK. Owen Sound wasn’t able to hold the Colts off this time and Justin Murray found his 6th goal of the year, tying the game 1-1 with just under three minutes left.
Mark McDade Chestnut Park shots on goal at the end of one were 16-12, in favour of the Attack.
Early in the second, Colts’defenceman Tyler Tucker got caught cross checking and was sent off to the box, sending the Attack to their first powerplay of the game. Barrie’s powerplay unit was too much for the Attack and the score remained tied at 1.
Barrie’s Justin Murray received a penalty for throwing his stick during play and the Attack headed to another powerplay with just under five minutes left in the second. Althought the Bears held control for the powerplay, they couldn’t finish the play.
Heading into second intermission, the score remained tied at 1. Mark McDade Chestnut Park shots on goal in period two were 14-9, in favour of Owen Sound.
To open the third period, Nick Suzuki does it again and found his 20th goal of the year 1:52 into the period. That kept the momentum up for the boys and when Ryan Suzuki went to the box, Kevin Hancock scored his 24th goal of the season on the powerplay to bring the Attack lead to 3-1.
The Attack went back on the penalty kill with just under 9 minutes left in the game when Igor Chibrikov was sent to the box for interference. The Bears kept their cool on the PK and kept their 3-1 lead.
With 4:36 to go, the game headed to 4-on-4 hockey when Maksim Sushko and Colts’ Ben Hawerchuk were sent to the box after a big tussle in front of the Attack net.
Buzzer goes, Attack win 3-1!
First star honours went to Owen Sound’s Andrew MacLean for stopping 32 shots on net in the game, while Nick Suzuki earned the second star for his one goal and one assist. The third star went to Barrie Colts’ netminder Maksim Zhukov for stopping 39 shots on the night.
Markus Phillips won the Hatten Home Hardware Hardest Working Player of the Game, voted by the fans.
Mark McDade shots on goal after three were 42-33 in favour of Owen Sound.
We are back in action next Saturday night, December 8th, for a 7:30pm puck drop vs the London Knights at the Bayshore.
Tickets are available for Saturday night’s game at the MacVicar & McComb ReMax Attack Box Office, online at www.attackhockey.com or 519.371.7452.
This season of Attack Hockey is presented to you by Lerner’s Personal Injury Lawyers.