Owen Sound’s special teams the difference in win over Flint

Owen Sound Attack Assistant Coach Joey Hishon admits the team’s power-play is pretty fun to watch.

“It’s pretty lethal right now. The guys are doing such a great job of moving the puck around and using each other.. every time we get a power-play I’m pretty excited to see what they do,” as the Attack went 2/3 on the man advantage in their 7-3 win over the Flint Firebirds. Owen Sound has the best power-play percentage in the OHL at 48%.

Part of the team’s success is how they generate open ice. “I think we played pretty well for 90 percent of the game. When you move the puck well, nice crisp passes on the tape it’s easy to create time and space for yourself,” said Hishon.

The Attack’s victory snaps Flint’s 4 game win streak. “I said before the game, guys this is a different team than you’re used to playing. They have a ton of skill upfront and you can’t take them lightly whatsoever,” said the Assistant Coach.

Owen Sound’s penalty kill didn’t disappoint either, going 9/10 on the pk. “The guys did a really good job of blocking shots and keeping their shots to the outside. They sacrificed and outworked their power-play, those were really the keys for us: said Attack goalie Mack Guzda.

Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Matt Philip opened the scoring just over a minute into the game. The Attack have now scored first in 5 out of their 6 games this season. “We just talk and tell them to be ready. It’s such a good league and teams come hard early in games. We want to exceed (the oppositions) intensity level and make them try to match ours, they have done a good job of that,” said Hishon.

Three minutes later Kaleb Pearson scored his 3rd goal of the season to give the Attack a 2-0 lead.

Riley McCourt scored his 2nd on the season to cut the Attack’s lead in half, scoring Flint’s lone power-play goal in the game.

Kirill Nizhnikov scored two goals in the 2nd period, including the game winning goal on the power-play. Firebirds captain Ty Dellandrea scored his 2nd goal of the season in the 2nd period.

Sergey Popov and Aidan Dudas(PP) scored in the 3rd period for the Attack. Braeden Kressler scored Flint’s only goal in the 3rd period, his first career OHL goal.

Mack Guzda made 29 saves for the Attack while Luke Cavallin stopped 27 shots for the Firebirds.

The Attack are back in action Wednesday, at home against the Kitchener Rangers.

Game Notes:

Guzda sets record:

Mack Guzda now sits 9th all-time in Attack/Platers history for wins in the regular season. With the win over Flint, Guzda now has 36 wins, which bypasses Cory Roberts who had 35. “The number one thing from tonight is the 2 points. The individual stuff is cool but it’s all about the team getting the win” said Guzda.

Guzda is 4 wins away from tying Daniel Lacosta who had 40 wins in Owen Sound before being traded to the Barrie Colts.

Woolley returns to the Attack lineup:

Mark Woolley returned to action after missing the past four games as he had his tonsils removed. Attack Assistant Coach Joey Hishon said Woolley was eager to get back. “He really pushed to play. He brings (the physicality) every single night. He competes really hard and he is a great guy to have in the locker room.”