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Erie back to back weekend

Postby Digger on Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:30 am

This weekend provides a great chance to put some space between Erie and the Attack and provide some confidence with two wins if the Attack are going to move up in the standings out of the 8th spot

Saginaw Guelph and London all won last night.

The Attack have no choice but to use Guzda in both games this weekend with the way he has been playing and needing wins. I have no confidence in Daniels from what I have seen when he plays.

Can't take any team lightly.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby cubby01 on Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:00 am

Offence was there tonight, good pressure from top 3 lines. Guzda not busy but made a few nice stops.
Let's keep it going, team seems to be getting it's swagger back.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby Digger on Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:33 am

I realize it was only Erie but it's been awhile the Attack have scored that many goals in one game.

Would have great to nice one of Hancock or Sushko get the hat trick.

Another solid performmance in net by Guzda. Good job kid.

Another player I thought played an excellent game was Igor Chibrikov. You can really see the improvement in his game. Confidence with the puck and nice smart passes to the forwards.

Follow that game up with another win and they will be over .500 again.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby Digger on Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:33 am

Attack score eight in win over Otters
Greg Cowan, Pincher Creek Echo
By Greg Cowan, Owen Sound Sun Times

Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:58:12 EST AM


It’s a long and hard fall from the top.

The Erie Otters, last year’s Ontario Hockey League champions, fell 8-1 to the Owen Sound Attack at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre on Saturday night.

In front of a crowd of 3,200 the Otters were never in the game, their rookie goalie yanked just over 15 minutes into the first period, and the team outshot 35-15 by the final buzzer.

It was the worst of times for Erie and some of the best of times this season for Owen Sound in the tale of two teams only one season removed from the conference final.

While Owen Sound tinkered at the trade deadline, the front-office in Erie decided to tank. It’s an ugly world in competitive circles - tank - but a spade is a spade and trading Taylor Raddysh and Jordan Sambrook for futures is a move in the right direction if you’re looking for an early pick on draft day.

It’s not to say Owen Sound has now carved their way to a championship run. You would be hard-pressed to get anyone from within the organization to admit they’re tickled with the results of the team to date.

“We’re not happy with where we are in the standings,” said assistant coach Jordan Hill following the game. “It’s not the time to coast. It’s the time to get the working boots on and get to work toward the playoffs.”

It’s good to remember a blowout win doesn’t always make a team the Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters dominance had just as much to do with the Washington Generals’ apathetic attitude toward winning.

“You want to keep the emotions in check. I think that’s something we’ve struggled with this year, is just keeping an even keel when things aren’t going our way,” said Hill.

Kevin Hancock opened the scoring just over eight minutes into the first period, peeling off the side wall and roofing a wrist shot.

The assistant captain, recently returned from injury, had two goals and two assists in the game. He was named the first star.

His team struggled while he, and others, were away. Hancock spoke about how hard it was for him to watch the games from the stands. He would often give pep talks to his teammates between periods, dressed in a suit with his hand in a cast.

On Saturday night Hancock’s presence was a little more tangible, his blast from the point while the Attack were playing six-on-four put Owen Sound up 4-0.

Maksim Sushko and Aidan Dudas made themselves known often as well. The linemates combined for five points with Sushko scoring twice and Dudas finding the net in the second period capping off a two-on-one with Brett McKenzie.

Nick Suzuki scored on a shorthanded breakaway in the second period. Alan Lyszczarczyk added a goal in the third, and McKenzie capped off Owen Sound’s attack with the eighth and final marker.

Hayden Fowler scored on the power play for the Otters to spoil Mack Guzda’s bid for a shutout - though the rookie goaltender records back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

“We really wanted that for Guzda,” said Hancock after the game. “It was an unlucky bounce (the goal) . . . we’ll learn from that.”

Suzuki, Dudas, and Sushko each scored their 20th goals of the season in the game. Sushko’s second goal in the game was his 21st on the year.

The Attack’s often juggled line combinations were more-less settled in this game.

“Now that we’re finally getting pieces back we have a chance to put a really good team on paper,” said Hill.

The Attack were still without Sean Durzi and Jonah Gadjovich due to injury, though Chase Campbell returned.

“We’re really excited about getting everyone back and to get rolling,” Hill added.

Hancock said chemistry and confidence were two of the factors in the team’s performance on Saturday night.

“We’ve been playing with each other for so long now,” he said. “It’s just chemistry and knowing where the guy is going to be.”

Guzda stopped 14 of 15 shots while Daniel Murphy got in front of 6 of the Attack’s 9 shots and Anand Oberoi stopped 21 of 26 shots in relief.

The Attack and Otters are back at it on Sunday at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre, puck drop is at 2 p.m.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby CHL Watcher on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:13 am

It's good to see that the chemistry is still there.

Sushko has been everything you'd want this year. Dudas has progressed really well.

Hancock is just a beauty. Great to have him back.

Guzda is learning how to fight for everything. It's a tough way to start an OHL goaltending career....but it will pay dividends over time if MG just keeps battling. He's already played more games than he was probably intended to play in the season. Make it three in a row.

This is one of those games where the plan actually comes together. The firepower the team has is unlikely to score 1 or 2 goals per game for very long. Moving the puck around the way they do when they're on......expect 7 or 8 almost as often. Bring back the swagger.

...but we're talking about Erie....so I better temper my enthusiasm a bit. Still feels better to have won more than lost over the last 7 games. First time that's happened in months.

How long for Durzi and Gadjovich?
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby attackisback on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:21 am

Durzi could be March. High ankle sprain
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby CHL Watcher on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:30 am

attackisback wrote:Durzi could be March. High ankle sprain


That's too bad for him personally and also for the team. He was, of course, having a huge season. It may be more likely he returns next season after the lost time injury. Good for us....but maybe not as good for him.

Hopefully he can carry on as if nothing happened when the time comes (see Kevin Hancock for details on how that's done).
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby hockeyhockeyhockey on Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:16 am

It's like a switch suddenly turned on these last few games.
Which is good.

Hancock and Gadjovich are the catalysts on this team .

Miss one or the other and it's bad enough. Miss both and, we saw what can happen .

Nice to see Nick to get back on track last night. A huge effort . And Guzda has a new confidence.

Keep it up today boys, keep chipping away and maybe pass the Storm .Next week's match with them could loom large.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby stevey on Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:47 am

Good game by all. the positives Zippy and Hancock reaching 150 career pts, Chibrikov I have been hoping to see him get more ice all year, when this kid fills out he is going to be a beast.Jackson Dorhety love this kids hustle. Guzda looking more comfortable. The only negative goes to the office guy's. DO NOT I REPEAT NOT mess with a goalie while he is in a zone and going thru his ritual. This game was in the bag at the time but if it was London and a 2-1 hockey game and it messed him up everyone would be blaming the goalie when it would be square on the office guy's shoulders. Today will be a test Erie will bring everything they have after being thumped in front of 3200 people. Stay focused boy's prepare well and play the same type game.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby PensFan101 on Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:49 pm

Some real good news in that Lafreniere is back in the lineup per the team's Facebook page - though Guzda will get the start again.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby hllywd99 on Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:53 pm

It's the black jerseys I tell ya!
........."FRACKEN A BABY! FRACKEN A!".............

......Andrew Shaw @ 11:09 pm 06/24/2013.......

.....TD Gardens in Boston, Mass.....
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby attackisback on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:39 pm

I believe they wore red today.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby attackisback on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:41 pm

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2018/0 ... kend-sweep

sweep
Greg Cowan, Pincher Creek Echo
By Greg Cowan, Owen Sound Sun Times
Sunday, January 21, 2018 5:41:19 EST PM
Aidan Dudas fights off the stick-check of Kurtis Henry and attempts to tuck the puck through goalie Daniel Murphy on the wrap-around in the first period of Owen Sound's 4-1 win over the Otters on Sunday at the Bayshore. Greg Cowan/The Sun Times.
Aidan Dudas fights off the stick-check of Kurtis Henry and attempts to tuck the puck through goalie Daniel Murphy on the wrap-around in the first period of Owen Sound's 4-1 win over the Otters on Sunday at the Bayshore. Greg Cowan/The Sun Times.



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On Sunday, the Otters played like a team recovering their pride, but talent won out as Nick Suzuki’s hat-trick propelled Owen Sound to a 4-1 victory at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.

Fowler opened the scoring for the Otters, the second goal in two-straight games against the Attack for the rookie who was the key piece coming back to Erie in the Raddysh and Sambrook trade.

The goal made it a deserving 1-0 lead for the Otters who were hard on the puck in the early going and forcing the Attack into turnovers and sloppy, sleepy, play.

“I give them a lot of credit,” Attack head coach Todd Gill said after the game on Sunday. “I told the crew when you embarrass a team like we did the night before they’re going to come out and want some vengeance.”

The Otters are young and played feisty, but the Attack stars are experienced and played well enough to win.

Suzuki tied the game just before the first period ended after being sprung down the right wing by Kevin Hancock. Suzuki beat the defender down the ice and curled in behind him while dragging the puck across Daniel Murphy’s crease before sliding it into the open cage.

“We knew they were going to push back,” said Suzuki. “I just wanted to get that goal back for the team. It was at the end of the period so it kind of gave us a boost going into the second.”

In the middle frame, Hancock and Suzuki teamed up for the game-winner after Hancock’s blast handcuffed Murphy, and Suzuki, in prime position for the rebound, batted the puck into an empty net.

“The puck was just laying there after the shot,” said Suzuki. “So that was pretty easy.”

It was Suzuki’s fourth goal of the week after failing to score in 2018 until Tuesday night’s game against Hamilton.

“For where he expects to be I think he’s starting to feel it,” said Gill of Suzuki. “We’re glad he’s starting to feel it.”

On a third period power play Ethan Szypula picked up a rebound and faked out everyone in the building by dragging the puck to his backhand quickly around Murphy and tucking it into the net from behind the end line.

The Attack’s once league-leading-man-advantage unit has struggled recently, but on Sunday they created chances in bunches.

“I think we had three posts on one power play which could have put the game away earlier,” said Gill. “A power play is a funny thing. For five, six, games you can’t do anything wrong and then for five, six, games you can’t do anything right on it.”

Gill and the coaching staff have deployed a dangerous looking five-forward power play unit in the absence of Sean Durzi with Suzuki, Hancock, Maksim Sushko, Aidan Dudas and Brett McKenzie providing the firepower.

With the Otters goalie pulled, and the extra-attacker on the ice, Suzuki fought off a defender and slid the puck into the empty net for his third goal of the game.

“These were must wins,” said Gill of his team’s successful three-win week. “Six points in three games is pretty good.”

Actually it’s perfect, as was 17-year-old rookie goaltender Mack Guzda’s weekly winning percentage.

Guzda started all three games and improved his record to 10-6-2 on the season.

Olivier Lafreniere was backing up Guzda on Sunday, back from a groin injury suffered on January 6.

The young goalie stopped 23 of 24 shots in the game while his counterpart, Murphy, got in front of 28 of the Attack’s 31 attempts on goal.

The Attack will now travel to London to take on the Knights at the Budweiser Gardens on Friday, puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.

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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby CHL Watcher on Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:24 am

I like the black jerseys, too....but they wore red on Sunday.

That quick switch to red for the extra swag sales after the championship run topped up your closet was one of those bank account driven moments that just begs for the kick in the groin result that follows.

Always there is more swagger in black.....with a much more unique identity....and much more awesome fan gear.

The reds are okay, too....but the list of teams that wear red is longer than the list of those that don't. You're nobody in red....unless you're the Soo.


They didn't have the same jump yesterday as the day before, but it was good enough for the depleted Otters.
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Re: Erie back to back weekend

Postby attackisback on Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:02 am

the switch to red was planned long before the championship(unexpected) due to timelines to place orders and branding changes.


Black Jerseys:

London
Kingston
Hamilton
Niagara
Peteborough
Sarnia


Red

Owen Sound
Soo
67's( although its a large mix of black and red)
Oshawa


Blue

Barrie
MIssissauga
Windsor
Flint
Saginaw
Sudbury
Kitchener
Erie
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