Ontario Hockey league
Owen Sound Attack 6 Niagara IceDogs 4
The Attack scored 3 times on the power play in a 5 minute span of the first period to propel them to the victory.
Ben Jones opened the scoring for Niagara before Jonah Gadjovich deflected 2 shots and Kevin Hancock fired another power play marker to give Owen Sound a 3-1 lead after 1.
On the first Attack goal ( officially credited to Petrus Palmu but actually scored by Gadjovich ), Santino Centorame drew an assist.
That assist gave Centorame 121 assists in an Attack uniform and allowed him to bypass Chris Bigras for the most career assists by an Owen Sound defenceman. Centorame would finish the game with 3 assists.
Palmu, while credited with the Attack's 1st goal, truthfully had a 4 assist game for the Attack who now have points in 6 straight games.
The two goals by Gadjovich ( when rectified in the official scoring ) gave him 100 career points.
Down 3-1, Kirill Maksimov went to work and tied the game for the IceDogs scoring on a power play at the 14 minute mark of the 2nd period and then followed with a second marker set up by former Attack forward Justin Brack just over a minute later.
Tied at 3, the Attack got a huge boost when Cordell James scored just 15 seconds into the 3rd period. For James, it was his 17th goal since arriving in a trade from Barrie, which gives him 30 goals on the season.
Owen Sound took a 5-3 lead off a faceoff near the 8 minute mark when Ethan Szypula poked a puck ahead on an offensive zone draw and got the shot off. Maksim Sushko was on the doorstep to slam home the rebound.
Undaunted, Maksimov would get the hat trick at the 15 minute to pull Niagara to within 1 goal, which set the stage for a wild last minute.
With the IceDogs net empty both teams had glorious chances to score before Nick Suzuki sealed the deal with a breakaway goal into the empty cage.
With the win, the Attack move to 90 points and remain 4th in the Western Conference, 1 point back of the London Knights who creamed Guelph 8-2.
Saturday night, the Attack host Saginaw at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre.
The IceDogs remain at 52 points, tied with North Bay for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight, Niagara will host Hamilton.
1, Niagara, Jones 12 (Corneil, Haydon), 3:23.
2, Owen Sound, Palmu 34 (Hancock, Centorame), 8:27 (PP).
3, Owen Sound, Gadjovich 41 (Palmu, Suzuki), 11:21 (PP).
4, Owen Sound, Hancock 29 (Centorame, Palmu), 13:54 (PP).
Penalties-Brack Niag (tripping), 7:24; Dhillon Niag (tripping), 10:17; served by Thomas Niag (too many men), 13:26; Szypula Os (high sticking), 18:05.
5, Niagara, Maksimov 16 (Mantha, Thomas), 13:59 (PP).
6, Niagara, Maksimov 17 (Brack, Hunter), 15:22.
Penalties-Durzi Os (high sticking), 3:06; Phillips Os (inter. on goaltender), 13:35.
7, Owen Sound, James 30 (Durzi, Campbell), 0:15.
8, Owen Sound, Sushko 15 (Szypula), 7:52.
9, Niagara, Maksimov 18 (Castleman, MacPherson), 14:53.
10, Owen Sound, Suzuki 40 (Palmu, Centorame), 19:47 (EN).
Penalties-Corneil Niag (tripping), 10:04; Langdon Niag (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 11:13; Suzuki Os (holding opp. stick), 11:37.
Shots on Goal-
Owen Sound 20-12-14-46.
Power Play Opportunities-
Owen Sound 3 / 5;
Niagara 1 / 4.
Owen Sound, McNiven 35-9-2-2 (29 shots-25 saves).
Niagara, Dhillon 19-26-4-4 (45 shots-40 saves).
Referees-Chris Carnegie (44), Jason Goldenberg (19).
Linesmen-Adam Harris (49), Drew Jackson (57).