The game was never in question for the Owen Sound Attack.
A four goal explosion in the first period ended any dreams the Windsor Spitfires may have had of beating the Bears inside their Den on Saturday, October 7th, and when was all said and done, it was a 9-2 routing for the Attack.
The Attack were able to kill off an early holding minor to Markus Phillips before turning right around and capitalizing on a Powerplay of their own just 4:27 into the opening period.
Connecting on a gorgeous passing play were Nick Suzuki and Jonah Gadjovich and it was Gadjovich who put the biscuit in the basket for a 1-0 lead. Kevin Hancock also assisted on the goal, which came almost exactly three minutes before the team doubled their lead.
This time it was Suzuki doing the scoring with Gadjovich registering the assist on what was a wicked snapper by Suzuki that beat rookie netminder Brock Baier above the blocker.
Owen Sound wasn’t done there either.
Just after the 10:00 mark of the opening frame, the trio of Aidan Dudas, Chase Campbell, and Zachary Roberts broke out of their zone with speed before Campbell made a slick pass to Dudas in the slot. The sophomore forward made no mistake, beating Baier through the five hole to give the Attack a three-nothing lead with assists going to both of his linemates.
The scoring cooled off after Dudas’ goal, but there would be at least one more puck find the back of the net before the intermission.
Scoring with 39 seconds left in the period was Gadjovich, snagging his 2nd of the night and 5th of the season on a rebound with assists going to Kevin Hancock and Trenton Bourque.
That goal would bring to an end an absolutely dominant frame of hockey for the Attack which saw Owen Sound outscore the Spitfires 4-0 while outshooting them 17-4.
Windsor’s luck didn’t change much after the break either.
Alan Lyszczarczyk would tally a pair of quick goals at 3:03 and 3:47 of the 2nd period, with both of his markers coming on assists from Nick Suzuki and Sean Durzi.
Those goals gave the Attack a 6-0 lead before the Spitfires even had five shots on goal.
Windsor was able to get one back though, with Cole Purboo scoring at the 5:43 mark of the 2nd to end Zach Bowman’s bid at a shutout.
Owen Sound wasn’t going to let the visitors get any closer though, and after killing off a hooking penalty to Aidan Dudas they made good on a man advantage of their own.
Markus Phillips scored the Attack’s 7th of the game on a snapper from the point that beat Baier cleanly on the glove hand side. Phillips’ 2nd of the season was assisted on by Ethan Szypula and Jacob Friend, adding to an even longer list of Attack point getters on the evening.
And there was still more goals left in the tank for the Attack.
With 4:14 to go in the period, Aidan Dudas picked up his 2nd of the game, firing another puck through the wickets for Baier to make it 8-1 on assists from Chase Campbell and Sean Durzi.
Owen Sound was good for one more before the intermission, this time it was Matthew Struthers scoring on helpers from Jacob Friend and Ethan Szypula to make it 9-1 and spell the end of the night for Brock Baier and bring Michael DiPietro on in relief for the rookie netminder.
The Spitfires did get another back in the 3rd period though, with William Sirman sneaking a puck through the legs of Zach Bowman to make it a 9-2 game with 13:30 to play in the 3rd.
That goal was the last one of the contest as the Attack were content to just kill time until the final horn and ride their nine goals in two periods to the victory.
Jonah Gadjovich was named the Mac Taylor Corporation 1st Star of the Game in what was a clean sweep of the post game awards for the Attack.
Earning 2nd star honours was Nick Suzuki while Alan Lyszczarczyk picked up 3rd star of the game.
Aidan Dudas, who scored twice on the evening, was named the Hatten Home Building Centre Hardest Working Player of the Game.
Zach Bowman earned the win for the Attack, turning aside 13 of 15 shots on Goal finished at 42-15 for Owen Sound on the night.
The Attack will continue their long weekend of action with a trip to Kitchener to take on the Rangers on Monday in a 2:00pm puck drop.
Fans can tune into Kia of Owen Sound/Terry’s Trailer Service Bear Radio on 560 CFOS.
Owen Sound will then return home to play host to the defending J. Ross Robertson Cup Champion Erie Otters on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:00pm.