Attack complete weekend sweep with 5-2 win in Oshawa

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Attack complete weekend sweep with 5-2 win in Oshawa

Postby Digger on Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:36 pm

Attack complete weekend sweep with 5-2 win in Oshawa
Greg Cowan, Pincher Creek Echo
By Greg Cowan, Owen Sound Sun Times

Sunday, January 7, 2018 4:59:56 EST PM

On Sunday, World Juniors gold-medallist Jonah Gadjovich and the Owen Sound Attack picked up their first road win since November 19 with a 5-2 victory in Oshawa over the Generals.

Alan Lyszczarcyzk opened the scoring for the Attack when he picked up a rebound in the crease and put it home. It was newly acquired Cade Robinson picking up his first assist with Owen Sound on the goal as his shot lead to the rebound.

The forward was picked up in a deal with the Erie Otters for defenceman Luke Beamish on Saturday.

Lyszczarcyzk made it 2-0 for Owen Sound with just over a minute to go in the first period. His third goal of the weekend as the player who dominated the World Juniors Division 1 Group B tournament continues to ride a hot streak.

In the second period, another player recently returned from international duty and riding high made it 3-0 for the Attack. Maksim Sushko finished the play with help from Ethan Szypula and Aidan Dudas.

The goal came after a big hit from Cole Cameron which incensed some Generals players, Brett McKenzie accepted a challenge and accepted the fighting major.

The chippy game turned downright nasty at times on Sunday resulting in a combined 44 minutes of penalties.

The Generals solved Owen Sound’s young netminder, Mack Guzda, on their 12th shot of the game when Matt Brassard’s wrist shot went blocker-side just inside the post.

Owen Sound answered back just 19 seconds later when rookie Daylon Groulx capitalized on a Jack Studnicka turnover and fired it past Kyle Keyser for his seventh of the season.

Sushko made it 5-1 Attack just 38 seconds after Groulx’s goal taking a pass from Ethan Szypula and deking forehand-backhand passed Keyser.

For the second game in a row the Attack chased the opposing team’s starting goalie from the net.

Oshawa got one back on the powerplay in the third period. Head coach Todd Gill spoke about Owen Sound’s problems with discipline, even after Saturday’s 7-0 win. He couldn’t have been happy as Kenny Huether scored his 17th on the year after Mitchell Russell’s high-sticking penalty, 5-2 Attack.

“They’re selfish penalties,” Gill said Saturday.

In the end it didn’t hurt the Attack as they completed the weekend sweep.

Mack Guzda stopped 28 of 30 shots while Kyle Keyser got in front of 17 of the Attack’s 22 chances on net, and Mario Peccia stopped all 19 shots he faced in relief.

With the weekend wins, the Attack now have a six-point cushion ahead of the Erie Otters for the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference.

Perhaps more importantly for Gill, he’s got a few aces back in the deck.

“I feel like we’re going to have three real solid lines with Jonah Gadjovich back,” Gill said. “What happens is now Dudas can play where he is supposed to play, and not against other top lines, where he can dominate.”

Gill has fired up the line blender during the Attack’s rough stretch missing players due to injury and international play. Often playing defenceman up front out of position, and giving rookies more minutes than perhaps they’re ready for.

“You’re asking a lot of a 17-year-old,” he said. “It’s unfair but it had to be done.”

The Attack now gear up for their northern Ontario road swing starting Thursday night against the Battalion.

It will be McKenzie’s first game back in North Bay where he spent the first four-and-a-half years of his OHL career before the trade to Owen Sound last week. Puck drop is 7 p.m.
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Re: Attack complete weekend sweep with 5-2 win in Oshawa

Postby Digger on Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:43 pm

Another nice win today in Oshawa. It was a chippy game mush like the one when they were in Owen Sound.

Sushko who is really hot after coming back with 2 goals and Lyszcarczyk with 2 as well playing much better after coming back as well. He looks like what he did at the start of the year working hard and going to the net. Nice.

Guzda making all the routine saves not allowing a bad goal. Makes a difference in the game.
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