Ontario Hockey League
Owen Sound Attack 6 Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 5 (SO)
Attack 6 Greyhounds 5 (SO)
Maksim Sushko scored the shootout winner as the Attack edged the Greyhounds and maintained their pursuit of 4th place in the Western Conference.
Brett McKenzie had a 2 goal game for Owen Sound and now has 98 career OHL goals. McKenzie had 79 goals with the North Bay Battalion and has scored 19 times for Owen Sound since being acquired by the Attack prior to the OHL Trade Deadline.
Aidan Dudas with his 30th, Jonah Gadjovich on a rebound and Nick Suzuki also scored for the Attack who move to 78 points, 2 back of the Knights for 4th in the Western Conference.
Both the Attack & London have 3 games remaining in the regular season.
Owen Sound will be at Flint Wednesday ( Bearadio on CFOS ), at Windsor Thursday ( Bearadio on CFOS ) & then close out the regular season at home to Sarnia on Saturday.
The Knights will play 3 in 3 next weekend, hosting Sarnia on Friday then visiting Saginaw & Sault Ste Marie to conclude the season.
Olivier Lafreniere got the win for Owen Sound climaxed by 3 shootout saves off Taylor Raddysh, Jack Kopacka and Morgan Frost.
Frost had a pair of goals for the greyhounds, his second, the 40th of the year, tied the game at 5 7 minutes into the 3rd period.
Keeghan Howdeshell and Frost scored in the opening two periods for the Sault.
Then trailing 5-2 in the 3rd period, the Greyhounds scored 3 times in 66 seconds to tie the affair; Conor Timmins on a 2 man advantage, Rasmus Sandin with just one minor on the board & then Frost tied it to set the stage for a back & forth finish that carried into the shootout.
With the point for losing in the shootout, the Greyhounds move to 111 points on the season.
Sault Ste Marie concluded the road portion of their schedule. The Hounds who will have home ice for as long as they exist in the 2018 playoffs will close out the season at home with games against Saginaw ( Wednesday ), Flint ( Friday ) and finally London on March 18th, the final day of the regular season.
1, Owen Sound, McKenzie 18 3:42.
2, Owen Sound, Dudas 30 17:22.
Penalties-Verbeek Ssm (slashing), 13:46.
3, Owen Sound, McKenzie 19 (Szypula, Lyszczarczyk), 0:38.
4, Sault Ste. Marie, Howdeshell 16 (Timmins), 2:37.
5, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 24 (Suzuki), 8:25.
6, Sault Ste. Marie, Frost 39 (LeGuerrier), 8:50.
7, Owen Sound, Suzuki 36 0:53.
8, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins 7 (Katchouk, Raddysh), 6:00 (PP).
9, Sault Ste. Marie, Sandin 11 (Hollowell, Gettinger), 6:30 (PP).
10, Sault Ste. Marie, Frost 40 (Raddysh, Katchouk), 7:06.
Penalties-Katchouk Ssm (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 1:25; served by Groulx Os (too many men), 4:20; Cameron Os (hooking), 5:06.
Penalties-Raddysh Ssm (high sticking), 4:23.
Sault Ste. Marie 0 (Raddysh NG, Kopacka NG, Frost NG),
Owen Sound 1 (Suzuki NG, Sushko G, Gadjovich NG).
Shots on Goal
Sault Ste. Marie 9-16-8-0-0-33.
Owen Sound 14-13-12-4-1-44.
Power Play Opportunities
Sault Ste. Marie 2 / 2;
Owen Sound 0 / 3.
Sault Ste. Marie, Villalta 40-5-1-2 (43 shots-38 saves).
Owen Sound, Lafreniere 17-15-1-2 (33 shots-28 saves)
Attendance = 3,197
Referees-Scott Oakman (23), Patrick Battista (10).
Linesmen-Justin Tang (80), David Milne (63).