The Owen Sound Attack opened their pre-season schedule with a Sunday Afternoon tilt with their Highway 26 rival the Barrie Colts. The Colts were able to double up the Attack 6-3 thanks to a hat trick performance from rookie defenceman Brandt Clarke. Daylon Groulx, Kirill Nishnikov and Barret Kirwin all had goals for the Attack while Mack Guzda and rookie goaltender Nick Chenard split the duties for the Attack.
The Colts opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game on a nice tip from Victor Hadfield off a shot from Jack York. The Attack answered back four minutes later off the stick of Daylon Groulx evening the game at one. The Attack managed to kill off a number of penalties in the period and looked to be heading into the intermission with a tie, however, some late Barrie pressure resulted in Luke Bignell sliding one past Mack Guzda to make it 2-1 for the Colts heading into the break.
The Attacks penalty woes settled in the second period and back and forth play ensued for most of the period. Unfortunately, for the Attack the Colts were able to extend their lead to 3-1 thanks to a powerplay marker by rookie defenceman Brandt Clarke just over half way through the period. Shortly after this goal the Attack made the planned goaltending change in the game replacing Guzda with Chenard.
The third period was much like the first two with the exception that the Attack were started to get more pucks to the net and generate more opportunities. There hard work was rewarded just before the 7 minute mark when Barret Kirwin snap one past the Barrie goaltender to make it 3-2. Unfortunately, for the Attack the Colts pushed back and were able to tally the games next three goals to extend their lead to 6-2. The Attack did manage one more goal on the afternoon shortly after killing off a Carter Robertson penalty when Igor Chibrikov connected with Carter Robertson with a stretch pass. Robertson was able to hold off the Colts defender and drop the puck to Nishnikov who made no mistake sniping it into the back of the net, making it 6-3 in favour of the Colts.
The Attack will hit the road on Monday for the second of the home and home series with the Colts as the two teams play their annual Labour Day game at 6pm in Barrie. The Attacks next home game will be Saturday, September 14th at 2pm against the North Bay Battalion.
The Attack will open their regular season on Saturday, September 21st at 7:30pm against the Ottawa 67’s. Single game tickets for the regular season are on sale now and you can take advantage of the Hockey’s Back 6-pack, getting 6 tickets for any September or October game for just $100.