The Owen Sound Attack watched a three goal lead disappear against the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday night, but a late game goal by Sean Durzi allowed the Attack to force overtime and eventually claim a 5-4 victory in a shootout.
A number of the players recorded multi-point efforts for the Attack, with Kevin Hancock leading the way thanks to a two goal effort.
Also finding the back of the net on the night for Owen Sound were Aidan Dudas and Sean Durzi, while Nick Suzuki added two assists and a goal in the shootout.
Maksim Sushko wound up grabbing the shootout winner, in a skills competition that went eight rounds and saw a total of just three goals scored in by sixteen shooters.
A scoreless opening frame was played mostly in the Mississauga end but nothing would come of that pressure as the only punctuation marks in the period were a trio of powerplays that failed to find the back of the net.
Going oh-for-two in the 1st were the Attack, while a late period holding call against Markus Phillips was successfully fended off by the Bayshore Boys who took an 11-9 advantage on the Mark McDade Chestnut Park Shots on Goal clock into the middle stanza.
Gaining momentum from that successful penalty kill, which carried over into the 2nd, were the Attack and that good karma quickly paid off.
After a too many men call against Mississauga at the 4:41 mark of the period, Kevin Hancock found a small gap above Jacob Ingham’s glove and made no mistake, rifling home his 7th of the season to put the Bayshore Boys up 1-0 with 14:48 to go in the 2nd.
Assisting on the play were Nick Suzuki and Sean Durzi, who added to their rapidly climbing point totals with the helpers.
And Hancock wasn’t done there either.
Pumped up to play in his hometown, the Mississauga native scored on another shot that beat Ingham on the glove side, this time from a sharp angle and on assists from Ethan Szypula and Markus Phillips.
Hancock’s goal, which came at the 11:19 mark of the 2nd, was just 50 seconds before Aidan Dudas made it 3-0 on another high snapshot.
It seemed like every Attack skater got a touch on Dudas’ 10th of the year, but assists were eventually awarded to Brady Lyle and Daylon Groulx.
Unfortunately, a pair of penalties to the Attack – one to Brady Lyle for tripping and another to Jacob Friend for delay of game – gave the Steelheads the chance they needed to get on the board.
Scoring their 1st of the game was Albert Michnac on a broken play that saw the puck bounce to the side of Zack Bowman’s crease at the 13:46 mark of the 2nd.
Nic Hague made it a one goal game just over a minute later, scoring on the powerplay time that remained in Friend’s delay of game minor to make it 3-2 – a score that would hold when the horn blew to signal the end of two periods of play.
The game would remain at that 3-2 score until the 12:34 mark of the 3rd when Albert Michnac picked up his 2nd goal of the game for the Steelheads to make it 3-3.
Michnac wasted no time in making it a hat-trick, scoring his 3rd of the affair less than a minute after he knotted things up at a field goal to give Mississauga their first lead of the game.
Things appeared bleak for the Attack after Michnac’s hat-trick goal, but with the net empty and only 58 seconds left in regulation, Owen Sound’s big guns came through.
Blasting a one-timer into the back of the Mississauga cage was Sean Durzi who scored his 9th of the year on passes from Nick Suzuki and Markus Phillips.
Durzi’s goal was all he Attack needed to force overtime, where neither team was able to find the back of the net in a game that was ultimately destined for a shootout.
Nick Suzuki and Maksim Sushko scored the only goals for Owen Sound in the shootout, while Nic Hague was the lone scorer for the Steelheads in the shootout as the Attack were able to pick up a full two points in a game that they appeared to have in the bag midway through the 2nd period.
Mississauga swept the Mac Taylor Corporation 3 Stars on the night, with Jacob Ingham, Ryan McLeod, and Albert Michnac earning 3rd, 2nd, and 1st stars respectively.
The Mark McDade Chestnut Park Shots on Goal finished at 45-34 for Owen Sound on the evening with Zack Bowman making 30 stops in the Bears’ cage.
The Attack return home to finish out the weekend on Saturday night against the visiting London Knights in a 7:30pm puck drop.
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