Special Teams Play a Factor as Attack Drop Weekend Double Header
The Attack surrendered another shorthanded goal Sunday afternoon, as well as a pair of power play goals, as they dropped the second game of the weekend double header 6-1 against the SOO Grey Hounds.
Owen Sound came out of the gates flying, as they controlled the pace of play for the first five minutes of the game, out-shooting the Hounds 4-0 early on. It was the high powered Hounds offence however, that opened the scoring, as the home team took advantage of an Attack turnover, capitalizing on a 2-on-1 rush.
There was controversy during the Hounds second goal, as the net came dislodged as Attack goalie Nick Chenard went to push off the post to cover a cross crease pass. After lengthy review the refs deemed a good goal, though a penalty was singled toward Chenard had the goal not counted. Chenard was warned during last nights game about pushing the net off, but seemed to be penalized during the first time it happened this afternoon.
It was during the last few minutes of the opening period when the Attack got caught on a power play, as the Hounds found themselves on another 2-on-1 rush, this time short-handed. Much like last night, the SOO made Owen Sound pay for a turnover with the extra man, and the home Hounds would take a 3-0 lead into the intermission.
Attack head coach Greg Walters would give Chenard some rest, as he opted to go with rookie Corbin Votary heading into the second period. Votary was strong coming into the game cold, as the Hounds began to tilt the ice towards the Attack's end. It wasn't until late in the middle frame when a deflected shot found it's way past the Attack net minder, with the Hounds adding a second power play marker just over a minute before the buzzer.
Each team was flying during the third period, as they looked to empty the tank from the weekend action, but it wasn't until late when anything showed on the score board. Its was the Hounds who first spotted a six spot on the board, before local kid Nicholas Porco broke the goose egg, just 20 seconds later to the Attack on the score sheet.
After being the best player for his team in last nights game, Chenard struggled in his one period of action giving up three goals on seven shots. Votary was solid coming in for relief, making 26 saves through his two periods of action.
Owen Sound returns to action with another road double-header, first a Thursday night meeting with former teammate Mack Guzda and the Barrie Colts, before heading back to Sarina, as they will look to repeat a 5-0 win from their last visit wth the Sting. The Attack final return home next Sunday afternoon, as they welcome the Sting to the Bayshore. Fans can catch all the Attack action on RogersTV or OHL Live, or listen on 560 CFOS Bear Radio.
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