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Attack Come Close in Erie, Lose 3-2

January 12, 2019 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Owen Sound Attack News Release

The Owen Sound Attack returned to the Erie Insurance Arena tonight looking to avenge yesterday's loss to the Otters, falling 2-1 in overtime in a tightly contested match. Tempers were starting to flare by the end of the first game and both teams know each other well heading into game #5 of the season series.

The Attack started out with the upper hand in the game, heading to an early 2-man advantage after some foul play by the Otters. Erie stood strong and didn't allow a single shot during the penalty kill, and started to push play the opposite way. Mack Guzda continued his stellar play of late and didn't allow any of Erie's 8 shots to find the back of the net in the period. With the clock winding down, Barret Kirwin took matters into his own hands and made a nice play entering the offensive zone and wired one past Daniel Murphy for his first as a member of the Attack and the opening tally of the game. Despite being outshot by the Otters 8-5, the Attack headed to the first intermission ahead 1-0.

Erie rebounded well heading into the 2nd frame, scoring two goals 16 seconds apart to get the Otters ahead 2-1 with efforts from MacDougall and Sproule getting them in front. The Attack would battle back, and Adam McMaster and Sergey Popov teamed up on a goal by Aidan Dudas and things were tied at 2. Popov's assist on the goal was his first point as a member of the Owen Sound Attack. The period didn't end without some flash as Igor Chibrikov had a chance on a breakaway, attempting to go between the legs but he was stopped by Daniel Murphy and things ended 2-2 after 40.

Both teams had their chances through the first 10 minutes of the third period but Erie was the first to capitalize on theirs, with Daniel D'Amato banking one in and giving Erie a 3-2 lead over Owen Sound with 7 minutes remaining. The Attack pushed back with the net empty but couldn't find the game tying goal and the Bears fell to the Otters.

Your Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the Game Honours went to Igor Chibrikov. The three stars were once again swept by the Erie Otters, with Mathew MacDougall, Daniel Murphy and Daniel D'Amato taking the three spots.

The Attack will be back in action next Friday night taking on the Storm in Guelph. The Attack will be back on home ice next Saturday for a game against the Mississauga Steelheads. Puck drop at the Bayshore will be at 7:30 p.m.

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