Attack Lose Tight One to Spitfires, 2-1
The Family Day holiday wouldn't be complete without hockey and a matinee affair between the Owen Sound Attack and Windsor Spitfires was on the docket at the WFCU Centre. Heading into the game, the season series was tied 1-1, with Maksim Sushko delivering the overtime winner earlier this month at the Bayshore in the most recent meeting.
The game began with a touching tribute to former Spitfires Captain Mickey Renaud and then we were underway. Owen Sound hit the ice for their 4th game in 6 days and some sluggishness could be excused, but the Attack came out roaring and ready to play. Windsor pushed back after the strong start from Owen Sound and ratcheted up the pressure. Mack Guzda stood tall in the first period, making 11 saves and leading the penalty kill to a perfect 3 for 3 mark in the opening stanza. The best chance for either team came in the final minute, when Aidan Dudas and Cade Robinson had a 2 on 0 rush but Colton Incze shut the door and both teams headed to the locker room without a goal.
Heading into the second period, both teams were looking for the first goal of the night. Barret Kirwin, celebrating his 19th birthday today, had the first big chance of the frame but Incze was able to stick out a toe and turn it away. Windsor had more chances on the power play but Guzda was just as much up to the task and turned away multiple goal scoring opportunities by the Spitfires. The biggest cheers of the game came for a fight between two heavyweights, Andrew Perrott and Curtis Douglas. Douglas, at 6'9 and 250 pounds, is the biggest player in the OHL but the 17-year-old Perrott took the decision.
The third began with something we hadn't seen yet in this game, a goal. Chris Playfair found the puck after a scramble in front of the net and scored his 10th of the season to put Windsor ahead. But Owen Sound wasn't ready to concede. The Bears were battling all afternoon and after going a perfect 7 for 7 on the penalty kill, Popov finally found the back of the net for the Attack and tied the game at 1 with 8 minutes remaining in regulation. With less than two minutes to go in the game, Nathan Staios scored on a shot from the point to give the Spitfires the lead. The Attack pulled the goalie for the extra attacker but couldn't find the tying goal and Windsor would hold on for the 2-1 victory. Mack Guzda made 31 saves in the loss.
The Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the Game was Andrew Perrott. The Mac Taylor Corporation three stars were Mack Guzda, Colton Incze and Nathan Staios.
The Owen Sound Attack will be back in action next Saturday night at the Bayshore to meet the Erie Otters in our annual #TalkToday game.
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