Game 45/68 Attack @ Knights Jan 26, 2018 7:30 pm

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Game 45/68 Attack @ Knights Jan 26, 2018 7:30 pm

Postby attackisback on Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:19 pm

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JANUARY 24, 2018
Midwest Division stretch continues for Owen Sound

Looking to continue their momentum after three consecutive victories, the Owen Sound Attack will square off against a pair of divisional rivals in two games this weekend.


Owen Sound will continue their stretch against the Midwest Division by travelling to London to take on the Knights on Friday, Jan. 26 at the Budweiser Gardens.

Slated for a 7:30pm start, the teams will meet for the 5th time this season with the Knights (25-17-2-2, 54 Points, 2nd MW) leading the season series 3-1.

The rivals most recently met on Sunday, Dec. 17 with London claiming a 1-0 victory over the Attack in Owen Sound.

Entering Friday’s game, Owen Sound holds a record of 19-18-2-5, good for 45 points and just three points back of Guelph for 3rd in the Midwest Division.

London played the division leading Kitchener Rangers on Tuesday night, falling in a shootout in their first game of the week.

Depleted after trading away a large part of their core, the Knights are powered by rearguard and draft eligible prospect Evan Bouchard who has 54 points in 45 games of action this season.

London native Nick Suzuki continues to pace the Attack offensively, having put up eight points in his previous three outings to give him 60 in 40 games on the year; good for 5th in the OHL.

Fans can watch Friday night’s game live on Rogers Local 53, or tune into Fred Wallace’s call on Kia of Owen Sound/Terry’s Trailer Service Bear Radio on 560 CFOS.
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Re: Game 45/68 Attack @ Knights Jan 26, 2018 7:30 pm

Postby attackisback on Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:32 pm

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Ontario Hockey League

Crease called out to Guzda
Greg Cowan, Pincher Creek Echo
By Greg Cowan, Owen Sound Sun Times

Friday, January 26, 2018 11:02:10 EST AM

Mack Guzda was born in Knoxville and grew up in Nashville. His road to the Canadian Hockey League spanned many miles as he, and his goaltending father, would often drive and fly hours for practices and games. OHL IMAGES.
Mack Guzda was born in Knoxville and grew up in Nashville. His road to the Canadian Hockey League spanned many miles as he, and his goaltending father, would often drive and fly hours for practices and games. OHL IMAGES.




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Mack Guzda was going to be a goaltender in the Canadian Hockey League, he’d just have to take a less travelled road to get there.

“I had a pretty good idea from a younger age that Major Junior is something I wanted to do,” he said after practice on Thursday.

People often talk about the goaltending brotherhood, but in the Guzda family it’s a father and son thing.

Brad Guzda, Mack’s father, was born in Alberta and played goalie in professional leagues across the United States. He played for the Bakersfield Condors, the Mississippi Sea Wolves and the Phoenix Roadrunners among other teams.

It was during a stint with the Knoxville Speed that Mack was born.

The younger Guzda now tends goal for the Owen Sound Attack and was recently named the team’s player of the week for a stretch of three straight wins where he posted a goals-against-average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .951.

The road to the Attack from Knoxville, Tenn., by-way of Nashville, was a long one. The Guzda clan would often drive eight or more hours to play in hockey centres like Detroit and Chicago.

Unlike many places in Canada, In the southern United States there aren’t often other triple-A hockey teams within a 45 minute drive in either direction.

“We’d fly into a hub, whether it was Dallas, Detroit, or Denver and play a division,” Brad Guzda said. “It’s logistically insane.”

Mack’s teams from Nashville were made up of players from Georgia, Carolina, Mississippi and other centres in the area. But football reigns supreme down south, and baseball and basketball are popular sports scooping up most remaining athletes.

Not to mention it takes a lot of commitment to drive four hours some weekends just to practice in Atlanta, something Brad and Mack Guzda would do often.

There were plenty of positives though.

“When he started, hockey was a blip on the radar . . . from the age of six or seven, and even when he comes home now, he has access to pretty much unlimited ice,” said Brad Guzda.

That’s a novelty and “luxury,” Brad Guzda said, kids growing up in Edmonton or Toronto - like he did - wouldn’t enjoy, simply because more demand equals less supply.

Not to mention, Mack Guzda had access to one-on-one lessons from a former professional goaltender since birth.

Although, as the older Guzda will say, he didn’t want it that way.

Brad Guzda envisioned Mack as a power forward.

“I did not want my son to be a goalie,” he recalls. “It’s one thing to live it where you’re in the pilot’s seat, but I could have only imagined what it would be like to witness it.”

It was obvious Mack had different plans, even when he was only six-years-old.

“He would be playing, I guess you would call it Timbit hockey, and he would end up in front of the goal and would be trying to make these saves” Guzda recalled. “He had players equipment on, and I’m freaking out thinking he’s going to get hurt - and also thinking ‘that’s not how you do that.”

The older Guzda relented when, as he tells it, Mack basically told him it was goalie or nothing.

About a decade later, Mack Guzda bristles when it’s suggested he was put in an unfair position after previous starting goalie Zach Bowman’s departure earlier this season, and more recently, Olivier Lafreniere’s injury.

“You might call it thrown into the fire, but I want to be in the net,” he says. “It’s been a great opportunity to see so many minutes this year and it’s just going to be something I can use going forward with this team.”

A reaction his dad says is necessary to have any success playing a position which is so competitive, so cutthroat, and at times, so lonely.

“It’s a very harsh existence, very misunderstood,” Brad Guzda said of the position. “Those responsibilities can ostracize a goalie. A goalie can ostracize himself trying to find that groove and rhythm.”

For Mack, the toughest part of the position is also what made him fall in love with the job.

“I just love to be able to feel in control of the game,” he said. “If you think about it, if we don’t get scored on we can’t lose.”

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Re: Game 45/68 Attack @ Knights Jan 26, 2018 7:30 pm

Postby hockeyhockeyhockey on Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:01 pm

Sheesh
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Re: Game 45/68 Attack @ Knights Jan 26, 2018 7:30 pm

Postby Digger on Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:06 am

London scores seven in victory
Greg Cowan, Pincher Creek Echo
By Greg Cowan, Owen Sound Sun Times

Friday, January 26, 2018 10:14:42 EST PM


The Attack’s top trio was reunited on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to topple the Knights as London came out on top 7-4 at the Budweiser Gardens.

Jonah Gadjovich, back in the lineup after an injury, slotted in beside Kevin Hancock and Nick Suzuki on the first line. The three players combined for 255 points during the regular season last year.

On Friday, it was the young London Knights supplying most of the firepower.

The Knights got off to a quick start in the first period.

Mack Guzda probably hoped his first shot against would be something a little simpler than a breakaway from Ottawa Senators second-round pick Alex Formenton, but that’s how it unfolded and the Knights lead 1-0 just under two minutes into the game.

The Attack and Guzda would settle down soon after. Jackson Doherty, the Owen Sound rookie, scored under two minutes later on a snapshot off the right wing.

Doherty’s fourth goal of the season was a fourth-line marker for the Attack as some depth is now created in the lineup for Owen Sound.

How confident is Aidan Dudas? One night removed from scoring two beauties in the CHL Top Prospects game the centre picks a corner for the Attack on the power play to give Owen Sound their first lead of the game lead, 2-1.

Then the game left the tracks.

With the Attack on another power play, a turnover sprung Formenton and Tyler Rollo in all alone on Guzda. Rollo finished off the pass from Formenton to tie the game.

Just 24 seconds later Liam Foudy scored a second-straight shorthanded goal for the Knights.

Talk about a momentum swing.

Now, just 12 seconds after giving up two shorthanded goals and the lead, Brett McKenzie’s power play marker tied it back up for Owen Sound.

McKenzie, playing in his 305th Ontario Hockey League game probably thought he’d seen everything in Major Junior hockey, but even he had to have been shocked by the shootout that opened up at the Gardens in London.

It didn’t stop there. Fans and coaches were given a healthy two-and-a-half minutes to catch their breath before Connor McMichael gave the Knights the lead, 4-3.

McMichael was the key player piece returned to London in the deal for Robert Thomas at the deadline, his seventh on the year chased Guzda from the net.

Enter Olivier Lafreniere in his first action for the Attack since suffering a groin injury in a 7-0 blowout of the Kitchener Rangers on January 6.

New goalie, same result. Lafreniere’s welcome to the game moment was a London power play and just as that expired Formenton scored his second goal of the game.

The buzzer sounded soon after, to the relief of everyone on the Attack bench. A second period which saw five goals in the last eight minutes was mercifully over for Owen Sound, who were outshooting the Knights 25-17 despite the scoring onslaught.

In the third period, the Attack were able to kill off a Knights penalty before Nick Suzuki’s goal brought the Attack back within one.

Suzuki’s 24th of the season extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, with six goals in those contests.

Despite firing over 15 shots at Joseph Raaymakers in the third period the Attack couldn’t crack the Knights armour and an empty-net goal with just over a minute left sealed it for London.

To add insult to injury, Foudy scored his second of the game in garbage time, sprung on a breakaway as time ticked down.

The loss snapped the Attack’s three-game win streak. All three Midwest teams the Attack are trailing - London, Kitchener and Guelph - won on Friday night.

Guzda stopped 10 of 14 shots while Lafreniere made seven saves out of eight and Raaymakers got in front of 38 of the Attack’s 42 chances on goal.

The Attack now return home to the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre for a Midwest matchup against the Guelph Storm, puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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Re: Game 45/68 Attack @ Knights Jan 26, 2018 7:30 pm

Postby Digger on Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:17 am

What a stinker that was in London. Was looking forward to seeing the top line back together with Gadjovich in the line up but I thought I thought even they did not play well enough.

Guzda on a hot streak and then not so hot last night although he was not alone.

Two shorthanded goals on the same PP, come on.

London was getting behind the defence all night, the first goal they scored is something they practice no doubt. That kind of play was not permitted when the icing was automatic and is a good example of why the rule was changed. Very nice.

If the Attack are serious about moving up they blew that last night and can't keep doing that to teams ahead of them or behind them for that matter.
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Re: Game 45/68 Attack @ Knights Jan 26, 2018 7:30 pm

Postby attackisback on Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:17 am

If there isn’t a win tonite get ready to see 4 games of the SOO in early March.
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Re: Game 45/68 Attack @ Knights Jan 26, 2018 7:30 pm

Postby hockeyhockeyhockey on Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:24 pm

You mean two. The other two I won't be attending
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