Oksentyuk plays hero for Flint in OT win over Owen Sound

Owen Sound Attack captain Aidan Dudas admits it’s nice seeing some smaller sized players having success in the OHL.

Evgeniy Oksentyuk scored two goals including the overtime winner for Flint as the Firebirds defeated the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 in the extra frame to extend Flint’s win streak to 5 games.

The 5’7 forward slid a puck along the ice that beat Attack goalie Mack Guzda to move the Firebirds into the #1 seed in the Western Conference. “He’s a great player, and scored a nice overtime winner. He played a really good game, you tip the hat to him,” said Dudas.

Despite walking away with the win, the Firebirds found themselves down early.

2019 1st round pick Deni Goure opened the scoring for the Attack in the 1st. Goure scored off a one-timer high in the slot to give the Attack a 1-0 lead.

Deni Goure of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

With Ethan Burroughs being away with Hockey Canada for U-17’s, Goure was on a line with Matt Philip and Barret Kirwin. “Both guys are right shots and it’s a great opportunity for Deni to step-in and play the big minutes (on the line with the vets). Even when he’s not on the stat sheet he does so many good things 5-on-5 and shorthanded,” said Attack Assistant Coach Jordan Hill.

In the 2nd, Dudas capitalized off a rebound from Firebirds goalie Anthony Popovich on the PP to give the Attack a 2-0 lead. “If you want to score goals in this league you have to get to the dirty areas. You have to round your game out and do all the little things right,” said the Attack captain.

In the 3rd period, it took Oksentyuk 48 seconds into the period to score his 5th goal of the season. He found himself some open ice where he made a few moves on Mack Guzda and eventually put the puck in the back of the net.

Riley McCourt evened the game at 2. His 4th of the year was a point shot that beat Guzda over the glove.

Aidan Dudas scored his 2nd of the game to give the Attack a 3-2 lead. The captain made a move on Popovich on his backhand off a nice passing play with Daylon Groulx to regain the lead for Owen Sound.

With 10 seconds left Firebirds’ captain Ty Dellandrea banked a puck off of Guzda and into the net to even the contest at 3.

After the ice was flooded for 3-on-3 overtime, Oksentyuk went end-to-end and slid the puck past Guzda to give the Firebirds a 4-3 win. “Give him credit, it was a nice goal. He had speed on our guys and we didn’t match it properly. That’s junior hockey.. it’ll happen to us on a positive end and negative end. It’s one of those things you learn from, you watch and get better from,” said Hill.

Mack Guzda made 23 saves for Owen Sound and Popovich stopped 35 shots. The Attack went 1/2 on the PP, Flint was unsuccessful on 3 opportunities.

Owen Sound travels to Kitchener Friday for a divisional game against the Rangers. Saturday, the Attack host the Sarnia Sting for their Hockey Fights Cancer charity game.

Notes:

“When I saw it, that’s the first thing I said,” was the reaction from Attack Assistant Coach Jordan Hill with a candidate for  Save of the Year from Mack Guzda. The net-minder dove across and got a piece of his glove on a shot from Flint’s Jake Durham.

Aidan Dudas will have the “C” on his jersey for both games when Team OHL plays Russia in the CIBC Canada Russia Series. The two teams play the OHL portion of the series November 7th in Kitchener, and then November 11th at Budweiser Gardens in London.

“I was really happy for him and he deserves it. He shows up to the rink every day, positive attitude, works hard and leads by example. He’s really the engine that gets our team going,” said Hill.

Owen Sound found themselves in the CHL Top 10 for the 3rd straight week at #8. Oshawa is ranked 3rd, and the Flint Firebirds are ranked #10, the first time in Flint franchise history.