The Attack welcomed the Kitchener Rangers to the Bayshore tonight looking for revenge. Last Friday, the Rangers won the first matchup between the two teams, 6-4. The high scoring affair was marked with some great saves and great individual plays, and a large crowd at the Bayshore was ready for the second meeting. Josh Samanski slotted into the lineup for his first career OHL start and Mack Guzda manned the pipes against Jacob Ingham of the Rangers.
The first period started out calmly in Owen Sound as both teams looked to play a defensive style in the opening minutes. Long stretches of play without a whistle dominated the first ten minutes of the game. Unfortunately, Owen Sound’s penalty troubles returned and just past the halfway mark of the period, they went two men short for a full two minutes. After some courageous penalty killing by the Attack, Aidan Dudas was in alone on a breakaway. Dudas’ initial shot went high and above the net, but took a fortuitous ‘Bayshore Bounce’ and went off Ingham and into the back of the Rangers net. The Attack held onto the 1-0 lead into intermission with the shots tied 8-8.
Starting the second, the Attack found themselves in penalty purgatory once again. Within the first minute, the Attack were two men short. Just like the first, the Attack managed to escape from trouble and Igor Chibrikov even earned a breakaway after coming out of the box. Ingham was able to make the stop and keep the score 1-0 for the Attack. The Bears eventually had two power play opportunities of their own but came up empty. At 16:35 in the period, Liam Hawel sent a puck across the crease that unfortunately bounced off an Attack stick and into the back of the net, tying things up. The teams would skate to the break tied 1-1 with Owen Sound up in shots 25-20.
The Rangers struck early in the 3rd period, with Jonathan Yantsis potting a rebound from right in front of the net to give Kitchener their first lead of the night. A few minutes later, Ryan Stepien scored his 3rd of the year to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead with 14 minutes left. The Attack weren’t discouraged and started to press back. Samanski recorded his first career point after winning a face off and dishing it back to Kirill Nizhnikov who wired it above Ingham’s left shoulder and into the net, making it a 3-2 game. The Attack continued to search for the tying goal, but it wouldn’t come as the game neared its dying moments. The coaching staff made the decision to pull the goalie with less than a minute remaining, and Sergey Popov fired one past Ingham to tie it up 3-3 and send the crowd into a frenzy. Owen Sound continued to pressure the Kitchener net but couldn’t find the winning goal and the teams would head to overtime.
Overtime was full of excitement but Guzda and Ingham were up to the task as both continued to make tremendous saves. The Attack led in shots in the frame but after a couple good chances for both teams the horn sounded and the teams would head to a shootout. Guzda would start out strong in the shootout, stopping Francesco Pinelli. Lyle would open the scoring with a fancy deke to give Owen Sound an early advantage. Damiani would even things up in the next round, and things would remain tied until the 5th round. Yantsis was denied by Guzda, and the Bayshore erupted when Captain Dudas stepped onto the ice to take his chance. He made no mistake, wristing one past Ingham and sealing the 4-3 comeback victory for the Attack.
The Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the Game was Griffin Wilson. The Owen Sound Bug Juice North Stars Three Stars were Jacob Ingham (43 saves), Aidan Dudas (1G,1A), and Brady Lyle (1A).
The Owen Sound Attack are back in action on Friday night as they hit the road to meet the London Knights. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. You can hear the game on 560 CFOS and watch on Rogers Grey County 53 and www.ohllive.com. The Attack return home on Saturday night against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Tickets are available at the MacVicar & McComb Remax Attack Box Office and online.
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