(Photo Via: Peterborough Examiner/Clifford Skarstedt)
OWEN SOUND – The Owen Sound Attack hold off a late Peterborough push to hang on for a 4-3 victory at home on Saturday night.
Nick Suzuki of London, Ont., opened the scoring just 47 seconds into the game with his 33rd goal of the season. Suzuki was coming off a three point (1 G 2 A) performance against the Guelph Storm on Friday night with a 7-6 OT victory.
Just 3:00 after Suzuki opened the scoring, Kevin Hancock of Mississauga, Ont., scored his 21st of the season to give the Attack a 2-0 lead, not even four minutes into the game. Hancock had four goals in the previous three games coming into the game against the Petes.
Owen Sound would hold onto that 2-0 lead until 1:51 to go in the period when Pavel Gogolev would score his 25th goal of the season. Gogolev, a native of Moscow, Rus., had four goals in the previous four games coming into this contest, one of those games, Gogolev recorded a hat trick against the Mississauga Steelheads on February 15th.
With the Petes trailing the Attack 2-1, it was Gogolev, again, finding the back of the net for the 26th time this year and tying the game at 2-2. This marks the sixth time this season Gogolev has recorded a multi-goal game.
A little under six minutes later, Kevin Hancock netted his 2nd of the game, and 22nd of the season, making that six goals in just four games. Hancock is heating up at the right time, as the playoffs are looming around the corner.
Just 6:38 into the 3rd period it was Cole Cameron of Johnstown, Ont., scoring his first of the season and just 2nd of his career. The 19 year old defenseman played in his 117th game as a member of the Owen Sound Attack, he joined the team at the beginning of last season as a free agent.
With 9:54 left in the game, Nikita Korostelev made things interesting, cutting the Owen Sound lead to 4-3 on the Moscow, Rus., natives 25th goal of the season for the Petes. Korostelev, a Toronto Maple Leafs 7th round pick in 2017, was coming into the game without scoring a goal in the previous four games. The four games prior to his drought, he scored four goals in four games.
That would be as close as the Petes came however. Mack Guzda of Knoxville, Tenn., only needed to make 17 saves of the 20 shots that were directed towards his net. The win moves Guzda’s record to 12-6-4 on the season.
Taking the loss was Dylan Wells who stopped 27 of 31 shots that Owen Sound put on him on Saturday night. The St. Catherines, Ont., nativewho is a 5th round pick, back in 2016 of the Edmonton Oilers is now 20-24-6 on the season. He won his previous two starts against both Kingston and Niagara.
The Petes won’t suit up again until the face the London Knights on Thursday night at home at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Peterborough is a longshot for the playoffs in the OHL Eastern conference, but they will look to play spoiler as the season comes to a close.
The Attack however, will play tomorrow, again at home, but they will take on the Barrie Colts who are coming off a victory over Guelph and are a in 2nd in the OHL’s Eastern conference. Owen Sound looks to be destined to play London in the first round of the playoffs. They currently sit just a single point up on the Knights with each team having 10 games remaining. Whichever team finished fourth will have home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
First Star: #37 Nick Suzuki – 1 Goal 3 Assits, +3, 4 shots on goal, 38% Faceoffs (3/8)
Second Star: #17 Pavel Gogolev – 2 Goals, +3, 5 shots on goal, 50% Faceoffs (1/2)
Third Star: #16 Kevin Hancock – 2 Goals 1 Assist, +3, 5 shots, 53% Faceoffs (9/17)