Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

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Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby attackisback on Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:57 pm

http://attackhockey.com/article/bears-and-the-bees


OCTOBER 3, 2017
Bears and the Bees

The Owen Sound Attack will look to win their 3rd consecutive game when they play host to the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.


Fresh off of wins against the Kitchener Rangers and the Mississauga Steelheads, the Attack will welcome the Sting – who are also in search of their 3rd straight win – to the Bear’s Den.

Sarnia’s high powered offence sees five players averaging more than a point per game at this early juncture of the season, with Los Angeles Kings draft pick Drake Rymsha leading the way thanks to his eight points in in four games.

Highly touted St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Kyrou has five points in just two contests on the year for the Sting, while Philadelphia Flyers pick Anthony Salinitri has posted six points thus far on the year.

The Attack, who have picked up points in all three of their games to start the season, are led by a trio of players who have five points on the year, including recent Huron Tractor Supply Player of the Week, Matthew Struthers.

Sean Durzi and Kevin Hancock also have five points in three games, with both players having scored once to go along with four helpers.

Wednesday night’s game marks the first of four meetings between Owen Sound and Sarnia on the year with the Attack looking to continue their success over Sarnia from last year, a season that saw the Bears win three times in four games over the Sting.

Tickets for the game are available at the MacVicar & McComb ReMax Attack Box Office, online at www.attackhockey.com, or by calling 519-371-7452.

The Attack’s weekly preview is presented by Joe Tomato’s, located next to the Galaxy Cinemas on the Sunset Strip. Fans can enjoy half priced wings and appetizers at Joe Tomato’s following each and every Attack home game, simply by bringing in their ticket stub.

This season of Attack Hockey is brought to you by Lerner’s Personal Injury Lawyers and Bertrand & Muzzell Paralegal Services.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby CHL Watcher on Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:54 pm

I think that tonight they either improve their defensive game or they get slaughtered.

An on-again/off-again game without a powerplay will sink them for sure.

Time to tighten up. Sarnia has the firepower to do damage.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby hockeyhockeyhockey on Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:40 pm

Good prediction , Watcher.
You were bang on .

Attack were flat footed, several giveaways ended up in the net, little support for rookie Guzda.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby stevey on Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:00 am

Yes hopefully that was a lesson about defensive play.Ihope every guy in that room apologize's to Guzda.I thought he played well one maybe 2 he could of had but 2 many BAD giveaway's leaving him hung out to dry.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby attackisback on Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:54 am

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2017/1 ... t-to-sting

Attack lose in shootout to Sting

By Denis Langlois, Sun Times, Owen Sound
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 10:23:15 EDT PM
Owen Sound Attack No. 15 Matthew Struthers in action, while wearing the assistant captain 'A' Wednesday. DENIS LANGLOIS/THE SUN TIMES

There will be many eyes on Matthew Struthers this season.

As a third-year player for the Owen Sound Attack, the 17-year-old Milton native will be looked upon by coaching staff to take on a much bigger leadership role for the Ontario Hockey League team, which is No. 2 in the latest Canadian Hockey League weekly rankings.

It's a role the six-foot-two-194-pound centre says he is excited take on.

“I've been fortunate enough to be here with a lot of leaders and a lot of good veteran guys that I've been able to – for the past two years – learn off of and gather some information from and see what they do on a day-to-day basis,” Struthers said in an interview prior to the Attack's nail-biting 6-5 shootout loss to the Sarnia Sting at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.

“It's definitely more exciting to be counted upon as a leader and I'm just fortunate enough to have a lot of other really good leaders in that room.”

Struthers, who wore an assistant captain 'A' for Wednesday's game and scored the tying goal to force overtime, will also have the eyes of scouts on him this season as he is eligible for the 2018 National Hockey League entry draft.

He said he will also draw inspiration from his teammates to deal with any pressure that might come from that.

“We had six guys drafted last year so I was able to see what they went through and I'm just trying to take every game in stride. I was lucky enough to see guys like Zukes (Nick Suzuki) and Philly (Markus Phillips) and guys like that how they handled it and I learned off them a little bit to take it in stride,” he said.

Attack assistant coach Alan Letang said more responsibility now rests on Struthers' shoulders as a third-year player.

“He's no longer the young kid in the dressing room so he has a definite leadership role with the team with helping bring those young guys along. I think he takes on a bigger role in our five-on-five play as well. And there's opportunities to see some special teams; I know he's been killing a few penalties,” he said.

Struthers was signed to the Attack in September 2015 after being drafted in the third round of that year's OHL Priority Selection.

The next month, while just two months shy of his 16th birthday, he became the youngest player in franchise history to score a goal for the Attack.

Struthers scored five goals and added eight assists in 47 regular-season games for Owen Sound in 2015-16 and netted 10 goals and had nine assists in 66 regular-season games in 2016-17. He also had five points in 17 playoff games last season.

Struthers scored two goals and added two assists in the first three games of this season and was named the Huron Tractor player of the week for Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

Struthers said his goal is to continue improving in each game.

Letang said Struthers had a good training camp and has been playing pretty well for the Attack so far this season.

“We've been having quite a few conversations just about being a lot more engaged around the hard areas. He's a big kid, he's got a big body, so he needs to go to those areas and play the way he has the last few games,” he said.

Sarnia captain Jordan Kyrou scored the game-winning and only goal in the shootout Wednesday.

Nick Suzuki scored twice in regulation time for the Attack, who now have a 2-0-0-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record. Maksim Sushko, Zachary Roberts and Struthers added singles.

Adam Ruzicka netted two goals for Sarnia (4-1-0-0), while Kyrou, Brady Hinz and Jordan Ernst scored singles.

Sting goalie Justin Fazio earned the win after stopping 35 shots. Mack Guzda stopped 26 shots for the Attack, who led 1-0 after the first period and trailed 4-3 after the second.

The Attack is next in action Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. game against the Windsor Spitfires at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Owen Sound also has a 2 p.m. road game on Thanksgiving Monday against the Kitchener Rangers.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby stevey on Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:36 am

I know it is real early in the season but Matt Struthers is this years Bourque and Durzi. Last year I was impressed with there improvment from the previous year. This year if Matt plays hard and smart I see him having a big year.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby cubby01 on Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:31 pm

Very strange game last night. Guzda was good at times but his mates hung him out to dry too often. A few of the D men are trying to be too fancy on the blue line and the Sting jumped all over that. Even so, the Attack should have won it in the OT time. As for the shootout................ that mess can speak for itself. The rookie did his job but again got no support.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby attackisback on Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:38 pm

1 for 7 in shoot out attempts in 2 games.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby Digger on Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:50 pm

The defensive mistakes are really hurting the team. One that stands out is the play with Bourque at the Sting blueline trying to stick handle past the checker and getting checked causing a breakaway. I know the coach is asking the d-men to pinch in but I doubt he is asking them to make a play like that. Dumb move.

The passing appear to be getting better as they play more often but the PP is not performing as well as last year and needs to get better as well.

Not sure why Price and King have not played a game yet but that ain't likely to go over very well much longer.

I like Struthers and Druzi and Sushko games a lot along with the top line.

Need more from Szypula, Lysczarcyzk, and Campbell being the older players.

It's tough to criticize a team that has not lost in regulation but the expectations were higher than what we have seen to date.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby hockeyhockeyhockey on Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:18 pm

Well stated, Digger.

This team needs some time yet.
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Re: Game 4/68- Sting vs Attack Oct 4, 2017 7:00 pm

Postby CHL Watcher on Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:49 am

Poor Guzda

Talk about rocking the kid's confidence.

Way too loosie goosie with nobody covering back.

That shootout was shameful.

Where is the powerplay? They're sitting with one of the weakest in the league.

You know what that means? That means they'll be taking more sticks to the face and playing in more penalty filled games. Neither of these will make them better.

Not being able to take advantage of the powerplay in OT really fits with the shootout quality and the rest of the game in general.

The team can score goals....but they have no defense whatsoever.....and the two are currently connected. Too much pinching by too many players.

Too much bravado and not enough real grit.

It's early...and they haven't been blown away yet...but they're heading for mediocrity fast.

As I said earlier....they still have the wrong players on the wrong lines. It makes a difference. The Polish unspellable is playing on the wrong line and so is Dudas. There, I said it. It was time. Dudas excels at checking and dogging the opposition. He is not a sniper, nor a particularly adept set-up guy. He's quick and agile and energetic. A pretty good hockey player. Coach has been hinting, but it's time to pull the trigger.

The defensive pairings are also wrong. Bourque is way overplaying his hand. That's a mistake. He had things right the first time.

The powerplay is playing like every powerplay is ten minutes long.....but they're not. No urgency. "shoot the puck" as they say....and get into the blue paint. It doesn't need to be pretty.


Time will tell. This team is stacked, but still has to have the work ethic.

Did King and Pryce do something that requires a reprimand? Why have they not played at all? Why weaken the defensive and offensive depth unless there is a reason? Sure the rookies have to play some, but since when do veterans get no ice time at all? And since when is it always the same two guys?

Take Pryce and King away and then scramble and re-think some very obvious lines and there you have it....something very different than you would expect.

I don't get it. I'm expecting the penny to drop soon. Guys are playing themselves down the depth chart or not playing at all. I fear a dubious trade made necessary by dubious decisions. Wait for it.

I do hope they haven't made too many promises they cannot keep.
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