Kaleb Pearson attempted what some would do on the NHL video games.. a between the legs shot on a breakaway, the only difference? Pearson found the back of the net.
“Lot of open ice, I’ve tried that a couple times in practice but just happy it went in,” said Pearson.
Pearson scored his 23rd and 24th goals of the season as the Owen Sound Attack defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1 at the Bayshore, as the Attack extended their win streak to 4 games.
Sergey Popov opened the scoring in the 1st period for the Attack on a 2-on-1 rush with line-mate Barret Kirwin. Kirwin made a nifty backhand pass right on the tape of Popov’s stick where he fired it blocker side on Marco Costantini for the 1-0 lead.
Just over three minutes later, Popov dished the puck to Pearson at the top of the faceoff where he went bar-down over the shoulder of Costantini extending Owen Sound’s lead to 2-0.
In the second period, Carter Robertson scored Owen Sound’s lone powerplay goal of the game. He was in the slot where he received a pass from Pearson and squeezed the puck past the Hamilton netminder for the 3-0 lead.
“I’ve got to give credit to Joey Hishon. He did a great job looking at the video after the first period, making a quick adjustment putting Pearson on the goal line and the one-touch play was a design by him,” said Attack Assistant Coach Jordan Hill.
Kaleb Lawrence scored Owen Sound’s fourth goal of the game, which ended the night for Costantini, who was replaced by Zachary Roy. Logan LeSage passed the puck behind the net right to Lawrence who made no mistake for his fifth goal of the season.
“You can see right off the hop how talented all four of them are (rookies from 2019 OHL Draft). The future is really bright for the young guys, you’re definitely seeing the success continuing from the hard work they’ve put in all year long,” said Hill on the development of the first-year players.
Just one minute and 12 seconds into the third period is when Pearson capped off his four-point performance with his second goal of the contest, the between the legs goal that squeaked in past Roy.
“You’re just in the moment, as soon as I got it (the puck) around the red line area is when I thought I was going to pull it off” which was Pearson’s seventh goal in the past three games.
Bulldogs rookie Lawson Sherk snapped Mack Guzda’s shutout bid late in the third period. With just over five minutes remaining in the game George Diaco found Sherk down low who beat Guzda for the Bulldogs’ lone goal of the game.
Owen Sound went 1-for-4 on the PP, while the Bulldogs didn’t have a powerplay all game.
Throughout the first two periods of play, Hamilton only managed 12 shots towards Mack Guzda.
“As a coach I think we pride ourselves on keeping opponents shots to the perimeter, scoring chances low. Either way, a wins a win which at the end of the day is what we are looking for,” said Hill.
The Bulldogs finished with 26 shots in the game, while the Attack fired the puck 47 times toward the Hamilton net.
Owen Sound is back in action Friday on the road against the Guelph Storm.