Ontario Hockey League Playoffs
Western Conference Semifinal
Owen Sound Attack 4 Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1
( Sault Ste Marie leads the best of 7; 2-1 )
Attack 4 Greyhounds 1
After killing an early 4 minute penalty to Petrus Palmu, the Attack took advantage of a Sault Ste Marie minor early in the 1st period as Jacob Friend slid one past Joseph Raaymakers to open the scoring.
Owen Sound outshot the Hounds 14-5 in the opening frame.
The game stayed 1-0 past the midway point of the contest, then Kevin Hancock would score his 5th of the playoffs to make it 2-0 Owen Sound.
Boris Katchouk who's having a terrific post season, got the Greyhounds on the board late in the 2nd period and Sault Ste Marie trailed 2-1 going to the 3rd period.
Sault Ste Marie had the upper hand early in the third until Palmu spotted Sean Durzi at the right point. Durzi stepped into the set up and beat Raaymakers to restore the 2 goal lead for Owen Sound.
With just over a minute to play and the teams playing 4-on-4, Attack captain Santino Centorame blasted a clearing shot from his goal line that hit the boards at the other end of the Bayshore and popped right out to a streaking Palmu who sank his 8th of the post season.
Palmu now has 12 career playoff goals which ties him for 10th all time in Owen Sound franchise history with Jeff Kostuch and Garrett Wilson.
The Greyhounds lead in the best of 7 has been cut to 2 games to 1.
Game 4 in the series is Tuesday night at 7 pm, again at the JD McArthur Arena in Owen Sound.
Game 5 will be Friday night at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste Marie. ( 6:30 pm for Kia of Owen Sound-Terry's Trailer Service Bearadio on 560 CFOS )
1, Owen Sound, Friend 1 (Sushko, Szypula), 5:49 (PP).
Penalties-Palmu Os (high sticking, high sticking), 1:21; Miller Ssm (tripping), 5:26; Bouramman Ssm (high sticking), 7:06; White Ssm (boarding), 13:09.
2, Owen Sound, Hancock 5 (Sushko, Suzuki), 12:07.
3, Sault Ste. Marie, Katchouk 6 (DeMeo, Frost), 18:26.
Penalties-Centorame Os (hooking), 4:51; MacIntyre Ssm (diving), 5:32; Suzuki Os (roughing), 5:32.
4, Owen Sound, Durzi 1 (Palmu), 6:30.
5, Owen Sound, Palmu 8 (Centorame), 18:46 (EN).
Penalties-Miller Ssm (slashing), 15:52; Katchouk Ssm (interference), 17:56; Gadjovich Os (diving), 17:56.
Shots on Goal-
Sault Ste. Marie 5-9-9-23.
Owen Sound 14-13-14-41.
Power Play Opportunities-
Sault Ste. Marie 0 / 3;
Owen Sound 1 / 4.
Sault Ste. Marie, Raaymakers (40 shots-37 saves).
Owen Sound, McNiven (23 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (38), Sean Reid (26).
Linesmen-Adam Harris (49), David Cianfrini (45).