Comeback Falls Short as Attack Drop Second Straight to Storm in Extra Time

It’s one thing to entertain the fans, but the Owen Sound Attack and Guelph Storm seem to want to always provide their fans with free hockey, as following a Friday night shootout in Guelph, the teams once again needed an extra frame to decide the match. ┬áThe process was different, but the result ended the same, as the Attack fell to the Storm 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at the Bayshore.

It looked as those the game was going to be a back and forth affair right from the opening face-off, as both teams looked shot out of a cannon, playing with pace and energy. As the first period went along however, it was the Storm taking control, hemming Owen Sound on the wrong side of centre ice for long stretches. Though not generating much, it was the Attack who opened the scoring, as defensemen Sam Sedley corralled a bouncing puck in the neutral zone, before making a solo dash into Storm territory. Sedley would then roof his third of the season past Storm goalie Jacob Oster, to give the Attack a lead late in period one.

That lead was short lived though, as Guelph evened the game just over two and half minutes later, with their own blue liner Michael Buchinger blasting a point shot home. The visitors would then take the lead with under a minute to go after Max Namestnikov was able to slide a loose puck through a sprawling Corbin Votary in the Attack net.

Similar to Friday night, Owen Sound trailed by a 2-1 score heading into the second period, though the difference Saturday, it was the Storm who had the offence in the middle frame. After going 6-for-7 on the penalty kill Friday night, Owen Sound was not able to hold off the Storm’s first power play chance, as the visitors built their lead to a pair just under eight minutes into the second.

Trailing 3-1 seemed to spark something in Owen Sound, as the Bears began to use their speed forcing the Storm to play some defence. The pressure granted the Attack with a 5-on-3 just after the midway point of the period, but it was Oster who stole the show making a couple of highlight reel saves.

Patience is key in junior hockey, as anything can happen. Having been stymied by the Storm net minder on multiple occasions the Attack had reason to be doubtful of a comeback, but the young and talented team stuck with their game and eventually got rewarded.

First it was Captain Colby Barlow on the power play, who blasted home a one-time feed from Cedrick Guindon to pull Owen Sound to within a goal. The tally extends Barlow’s goal scoring streak to seven games, as the top 2023 NHL prospect has collected 10 goals and 16 points over those seven games.

It was then the Attack’s leading offensive player’s turn to step up, as Deni Goure sniped his 15th of the year on a power play just before the midway point of period three.

Each team had chances to pull in front during regulation play, but it was not to be, as the buzzer went sending the game to overtime. During the extra frame both teams were timid on attacking, as neither was interested in coughing the puck up. After a chance by Goure, a bouncing puck found the stick of Danny Zhilkin who raced down ice with a partial 2-on-1 rush, as Barlow was hustling back. The Storm forward decided to take the shot, and was able to beat Votary over the shoulder to end the game.

Though not the result that the Attack wanted on the ice, the organization along with the Owen Sound Fire Department and Blackburn Radio want to thank all fans who provided donations for the Toys for Tots toy drive in support of the Salvation Army.

Owen Sound is set to hit the road next weekend, as they travel to Barrie for a Thursday night showdown with the Colts, before going further north for a Friday night face-off with the Wolves in Sudbury. The road trip concludes Sunday afternoon up in Sue Sault Marie as the Attack and Greyhounds will tangle for the first time this season.

Fans can catch all Attack road games on Rogers TV Grey County or of on the CHL TV app. Want the home town feed? Listen to all games live on 560 CFOS Bear Radio.

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