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Barrie back to back

Postby Digger on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:20 am

Attack let third period lead slip away
Greg Cowan, Pincher Creek Echo
By Greg Cowan, Owen Sound Sun Times

Saturday, December 30, 2017 11:06:27 EST PM


Another lead lost in the third period, and another player lost to injury, as Sean Durzi was carried off the ice by teammates following what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit in Barrie’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Attack in Owen Sound Saturday night.

Barrie’s Tyler Tucker was given a five-minute major and tossed out of the game after the hit, but the Attack couldn’t capitalize on the powerplay to break the 3-3 third period deadlock.

“I didn’t like the hit too much,” said Nick Suzuki after the game. “Without Durzi on our powerplay, it was a big loss for us, but we still have to find away to get a goal.”

The Attack came out of the gate in the first period playing like a team needing a win. Everyone wearing the home whites got involved in the physical play and sent a lot of rubber toward rookie back-up goaltender Kai Edmonds.

But it was Jason Willms of the Colts who opened the scoring on the powerplay following a Jackson Doherty cross-checking call. Willms scooped a rebound past Olivier Lafreniere to put the Colts up one.

Matthew Struthers, stepping into a featured power forward role in the absence of Jonah Gadjovich, evened the game for the Attack with a wrist shot from just inside the face-off circle to Edmonds’ right.

Owen Sound, who took some criticism from coaches about their work ether following a 5-1 loss to the Rangers on Thursday, outshot the Colts 15-6 in the opening frame.

“We did a lot of good things compared to the night before, which just wasn’t good enough,” said coach Todd Gill following the game. “They played hard.”

The Attack started quick in the second when Nick Suzuki surveyed the landscape from the point and sent a pass down low to Alan Lyszczarczyk who tipped it into the open cage to put the Attack up 2-1 just over a minute into the period.

The Colts’ inability to corral the Attack resulted in some penalty trouble for Dale Hawerchuk’s crew, and the Attack would take advantage.

The league’s best powerplay looked it with Suzuki again sending a high-low feed, this time to Sean Durzi, who made no mistake for his 15th of the season. The team celebrated the goal with firm handshakes all around.

The Colts looked to respond on their own powerplay following a Lyszczarczyk tripping penalty, but blocked shots and a couple big saves from Lafreniere made sure the Attack took the 3-1 lead into the second intermission.

It was in the third period where the Attack would once again falter.

“We let one slip away,” said Gill.

“We took out foot off the gas,” said Suzuki.

Tyler Tucker scored just 13 seconds into the final frame before getting thrown from the game. The defenceman from Longlac, Ont., floated a puck through a screened Lafreniere.

Then, with the Colts on the powerplay, Ben Hawerchuk evened it up on a tipped-shot from teammate Joey Keane. Hawerchuk was a thorn in the side of the Attack and Nick Suzuki all night. Nick’s brother Ryan assisted on the goal.

“Obviously, again, a couple of penalties we can’t take that they ended up capitalizing on, our penalty killing and our powerplay let us down in the third.”

“We’ve had that type of season where we play well and then in the third period we hit a little adversity and guys are tightening up,” said Gill.

It was Hawerchuk who scored the shootout winner after Lyszczarczyk and Suzuki were stopped by Edmonds, and after giving the Attack fits in overtime.

Lafreniere stopped 27 of 30 shots while Edmonds got in front of 31 of the Attack’s 34 shots.

It was the first time the Suzuki brothers faced off in the Ontario Hockey League. Nick said a lot of friends and family watched the London natives combine for three assists in the game.

“It was fun to play out there against him, but hopefully tomorrow we can beat them,” the older Suzuki said.

The Owen Sound Attack now travel to the Barrie Molson Centre to play the Colts for New Year’s Eve rematch, puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.
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Re: Barrie back to back

Postby Digger on Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:09 am

Better start to the game but same result in at the end with another 3rd period blown lead.

Much more jump to the game.

The league's 2nd best PP looked brutal on the 5 on 3 including a 5 min major. Maybe a time out would have better at that time to refocus them as they were getting frustrated.

Hopefully Druzi is ok after that cheap shot by Tucker.
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Postby PL8R G8R on Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:31 am

Digger, Not sure if you remember the preseason game in Barrie, but Tyler Tucker was suspended 6-games to start the season for a hit against ??? I believe Hancock.
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Postby hockeyhockeyhockey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:49 pm

Is it just me or does Nick look mostly disinterested?

For a first Rd NHL pick one would think he'd have a little more jump in his step.

He hasn't scored in a month, and his ability to control offensive zone play is diminished to the point where he looks like one of the guys when he's out there.

I wonder if he's ailing or wants out of town?
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Re: Barrie back to back

Postby Digger on Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:16 pm

PL8R G8R wrote:Digger, Not sure if you remember the preseason game in Barrie, but Tyler Tucker was suspended 6-games to start the season for a hit against ??? I believe Hancock.


yes and the Attack drafted his brother Jesse in 2017 in the 12th rd, if I remember he played a chippy in your face game.
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Re: Barrie back to back

Postby Digger on Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:20 pm

hockeyhockeyhockey wrote:Is it just me or does Nick look mostly disinterested?

For a first Rd NHL pick one would think he'd have a little more jump in his step.

He hasn't scored in a month, and his ability to control offensive zone play is diminished to the point where he looks like one of the guys when he's out there.

I wonder if he's ailing or wants out of town?


As far as I'm concerned he has had some tough luck around the net and coach has not found anyone that can play with him with Gadjovich and Hancock not in the line up. I find he is trying to do too much himself.

I'd be surprised if he wanted out of town
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Re: Barrie back to back

Postby stevey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:44 pm

Maybe Nick wants to go to Windsor to be with his brother!!!
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Postby attackisback on Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:50 pm

Windsor??
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Postby stevey on Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:57 pm

OHL insider is reporting on Twitter that Barrie and Windsor are working on a blockbuster trade the primarys being Ryan Suzuki and Micheal DiPietro. DiPietro doesn't want to be moved apparently but who knows.
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Re: Barrie back to back

Postby Digger on Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:47 am

stevey wrote:OHL insider is reporting on Twitter that Barrie and Windsor are working on a blockbuster trade the primarys being Ryan Suzuki and Micheal DiPietro. DiPietro doesn't want to be moved apparently but who knows.


I've learned not to trust most of what this guy tweets.
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Postby Digger on Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:55 am

Lazarev spoils New Year's Eve for the Attack
Greg Cowan, Pincher Creek Echo
By Greg Cowan, Owen Sound Sun Times

Sunday, December 31, 2017 9:58:09 EST PM



The Attack will close out 2017 only four points up on the Erie Otters for the last playoff spot in the Western conference following a 4-1 loss to the Colts in Barrie on New Year’s Eve.

The Attack came out physical in the first period, but it was once again the Barrie Colts who opened the scoring.

Newmarket native Aidan Brown, known more for his grit then his goal-scoring netted his second of the season - and sixth of his career - by streaking down the wing and beating Attack goalie Olivier Lafreniere.

Lafreniere was playing back-to-back for the Attack between the pipes.

Brown’s goal would prove to be the only marker of the period as Owen Sound headed into the tunnel down 1-0.

The two teams traded penalties in the second frame, five infractions in total, but it was the Colts who would capitalize four-on-four.

Joey Keane, the Chicago-born defenceman, scored his sixth of the season and picked up his third point of the weekend for Barrie.

The Attack couldn’t solve over-age goaltender Leo Lazarev despite numerous attempts sending 15 shots at the net-minder in half a period of work.

Brown, acting like a proven sniper now, scored his second of the game with just under four minutes left in the second period to put the Colts up 3-0.

It took until shot 31 for Owen Sound and Nick Suzuki to find a gap in Lazarev’s armour. Suzuki’s 18th of the season, assisted by Aidan Dudas, got the Attack on the board.

Owen Sound were 20 minutes away from dropping six-straight for the second time in their last 13 games.

If there was any desperation in their play it went unrewarded.

The Colts made it 4-1 on Kyle Heitzner’s fourth of the season. Another member of Barrie’s supporting cast enjoying their time in the spotlight against the Attack on New Year’s Eve.

Despite a grand total of 49 shots against it was Lazarev’s night as the Moscow-born goalie sent the Colts’ players and fans home primed and ready to celebrate with their team winners of six in a row and the Central division’s leading horse.

Lafreniere stopped 25 of 29 shots while Lazarev got in front of 48 of the Attack’s 49 shots.

The Owen Sound Attack will now travel to the Sleeman Centre in Guelph on Friday to open up 2018 with a Midwest divisional game against the Storm, puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.
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Re: Barrie back to back

Postby hockeyhockeyhockey on Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:53 am

Tought game last night. 5 rookies, 2 second year guys on forward lines.

2 dmen playing forward.

DeGray has yet to make up his mind what to do. Time is running down .
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