Attack steal a point to complete home-and-home

The Owen Sound Attack traveled to Kitchener  to complete the second game of a home-and-home with the Rangers, in what would be the home opener Friday night at “The Aud”.

It was evident the Rangers were intent on setting the pace, drawing an early man-advantage and jumping out to a shots lead of 8-1.

Goaltending was the story for both sides in the first two periods. After a shaky start in Owen Sound to begin the season, Rangers netminder Matthew Greenfield was very focused, turning away the Attack powerplay all 7 times(kinda).

Brandon Hope was  every bit as impressive, holding the Rangers powerplay to a 1 for 7 showing and stopping 37 of 40 shots on the night.

Second period scoring saw Petrus Palmu open the frame with his second of the season on a pass from Ryan Platzer. It ended however, with Rangers Justin Bailey taking advantage of a costly turnover by second year defenseman Thomas Schemitsch.

Attack coach Greg Ireland was rewarded for his patience with the young blueliner however, as Schemitsch would later set-up Ethan Szypula to tie the game at 2’s just after time expired on the Attack powerplay.

Ranger import player Gustaf Franzen gave Kitchener the 3rd period lead.  The Attack seemed defeated after getting into penalty trouble. Attack captain Zach Natasiuk would change all that yet again scoring a late short-handed goal.

Overtime solved nothing as Owen Sound failed again to convert on the man advantage.

Justin Bailey would again play the hero, scoring the goal in the shootout.

The Owen Sound Attack are right back at it Saturday night, as they host the London Knights. London is coming off a 5-0 loss at the hands of the Plymouth Whalers in which they surrendered 39 shots on goal.

Doug grew up playing minor hockey for his hometown Chesley Colts.  He became an avid fan of the then Platers, when he received an autograph from goaltender Jamie Storr in 1993.  Before graduating from Chesley DHS, he played one season for Owen Sound Grey Motors United in the York Region Premiere Division(formerly New Market Region).

Now a permanent resident of Owen Sound, Doug hopes to entrench himself as an involved member of the community and an insightful columnist, that provides more than just stats and game reviews.  When not covering hockey, Doug enjoys listening to his fiancee sing at  a number of Owen Sound’s many terrific open mic functions.