Matching pound for pound was Owen Sound’s defensive plan to stop Quinton Byfield and company.
The Attack limited Byfield to 1 assist in their 4-1 victory over the Sudbury Wolves. The defensive pair of Andrew Perrott and Mark Woolley had the task of shutting down one of the top-ranked prospects in this year’s upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
“They both play a heavy game. I thought it was a good challenge for them. We want to make those skill guys miserable when they come to the Bayshore. It was a match-up that I thought was going to be a good one and it worked in our favour tonight,” said Attack Assistant Coach Jordan Hill of the defensive pairing against Sudbury’s top line.
The Attack extended their win streak to 5 games and improved to 5-0-0-1 on home ice this season.
“It’s exciting. It’s a lot more fun to come to the rink when things are going well. As I’ve learned as a coach and a pro, that is when you have to ramp things up. We have to keep pushing our guys and keep improving because the league gets better month-by-month,” said Hill about the mood in the dressing room.
Ethan Burroughs opened the scoring with his 4th of the season. Burroughs’ first-period tally extended his personal goal-scoring streak to 3 games.
Hill talked about the rookies start to the season.”He is a very smart guy. He has a very good hockey sense and he reminds me of a Kevin Hancock (with his shot). The sky is the limit for him.”
Adam McMaster scored his 2nd of the season on the PP to extend Owen Sound’s lead to 2-0. It was Owen Sound’s first goal on the man advantage since October 5th where they went 2 for 3 in a 7-3 win over Flint.
Shane Bulitka scored on a Wolves PP to cut the Attack lead to 2-1. Bulitka capitalized on a rebound in front of the net for his 6th of the season in the 2nd period.
Andrew Perrott scored the game-winning goal in the 3rd period, which was his 1st of the season. Perrott attempted to fire the puck around the boards but it led to a weird bounce in the corner and found its way in the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
Matt Philip finished off the scoring on an empty-net goal. His 4th of the year sent the Bayshore crowd home happy.
Mack Guzda made 23 saves in the victory. Hill says this is the most confident Guzda has ever been in his OHL career.”I can hear him on the bench directing traffic for the defenceman and he is playing pucks a lot more. He is confident right now and it’s good to see.”
Mitchell Weeks was the starting goalie for the Wolves. He stopped 23 shots in the loss.
Owen Sound went 1/7 on the PP while Sudbury was 1/3.
Owen Sound is on the road Thursday in Barrie against the Colts. Owen Sound won the last match 10-0. The Attack’s next home game is Saturday against the North Bay Battalion.
Owen Sound had a full week to prepare for the game against the Wolves. Attack Assistant Coach Jordan Hill admitted there was a bit of rust.”It’s one of those where you don’t like sitting all week not playing. It’s nice to have a bit of rest and practice time but you want to be playing more games at this time of the year.”
Ethan Burroughs and Kaleb Lawrence were both recently named to Team Canada’s Under-17 rosters.”It’s an honour. I was so happy to be selected to play with some of the best players of my age,” said Burroughs.
Burroughs mentioned where he was when he found out he was selected.”I was upstairs in my room. Just sitting there, a normal day and then I got the phone call.” The Under-17 challenge is November 2-9 in Medicine Hat and Swift Current.
The Attack were ranked 8th in the CHL Top 10 for Week 5, although Hill said it’s not something they pay much attention to the rankings.”It’s too early in the year but it’s nice to get the credibility. We know how early it is(in the season) but it’s nothing we put much stock in.”