The Attack visited the nation’s capital today to wrap up the eastern swing on Sunday afternoon. The Ottawa 67s had their 16 game winning streak snapped on Saturday night against the Peterborough Petes and were looking to start a new one on home ice at the TD Place Arena. Former Attack forward Daylon Groulx was in the lineup against his old teammates, playing on the top line with Marco Rossi and Joseph Garreffa. Cedrick Andree got the nod for the home team while Guzda started the final game of the road trip for the Bears.
Owen Sound got off to a good start against the barber poles, with two quality chances provided by Matt Philip and Adam McMaster in the early goings. Andree was up to the task and was able to keep the Attack off the board. After Owen Sound killed off an early penalty, the 67s managed to take advantage of one of the few times they had possession in the period to open the scoring on Jack Quinn’s 28th of the season. Groulx took a double minor late in the period and Owen Sound upped the pressure on the power play. Despite 11 shots in the period, the visitors couldn’t find the back of the net and the 67s would head to the first intermission up 1-0 over the Attack.
Penalties were the theme for the beginning of the second period, with the teams trading opportunities on the man advantage. First it was Mitchell Hoelscher hooking Sergey Popov on a scoring chance, then Stepan Machacek spent two minutes in the box and finally Alec Belanger took a holding call. Neither team were able to convert and the teams would play the first ten minutes of the period without a goal being scored. Owen Sound would head to the box in the second half of the period, and Ottawa would finally get a power play goal. An awful bounce off Carter Robertson on Brady Lyle’s clearance attempt led to the puck in the back of the Owen Sound net and a 2-0 lead for the 67s. The teams would play out the remainder of the period and even though the Attack had doubled up Ottawa in shots, 22-11, they found themselves down 2-0 after 40.
Ottawa scored 30 seconds into the third period to make it a 3-0 game after Jack Quinn scored his second of the game on a tip in front. Owen Sound wouldn’t write the game off though and Nolan Seed scored his first of the season off a point shot to cut the deficit to 3-1. To the Attack’s chagrin, Jack Quinn was a man possessed this afternoon and he deposited his 3rd of the season seven minutes into the period to restore the three goal advantage for the 67s. The floodgates opened after the Jack Quinn hat trick. Robertson scored his 7th of the year to cut the lead to 4-2, but Ottawa would respond just 13 seconds later to make it 5-2, and Garreffa would score his second of the night to make it 6-2. Less than a minute later, Mark Woolley scored his first goal as a member of the Attack to bring the visitors back to within 3. Carter Robertson would add his second of the game with less than five minutes remaining to make it a 6-4 game, and the 4th tally of the game from an Attack defenseman. Daylon Groulx would score his first as a 67 to put the game away 7-4 with two minutes to play. The Attack would end their road trip with a loss to the OHL’s leading team and 3 of a possible 6 points.
Nolan Seed was voted the Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the Game. The Owen Sound Bug Juice North Stars Three Stars were Jack Quinn, Joseph Garreffa and Carter Robertson.
Owen Sound returns home Wednesday against the Barrie Colts at 7 p.m. There will be a pregame ceremony honouring Aidan Dudas and Alan Letang winning the gold medal with Team Canada at the World Juniors. Tickets are available at the MacVicar & McComb Sutton Realty Attack Box Office and online.