OWEN SOUND, ON-
Three games. Three identical scores.
The team to score first between the Hounds and Attack have went on to 4-1 victories and Game 3 on Sunday evening would be no different.
While a double-minor high sticking penalty to Petrus Palmu paved the way to a Greyhound powerplay early (1:21) in the first period, they visitors were not able to capitalize.
Almost immediately after pulling even strength Owen Sound would be given a a try at the man advantage themselves, and would cash in.
Twenty-three seconds into the powerplay Jacob Friend found his way behind the defence on a broken up play and swiped the puck low past JOSEPH RAAYMAKERS for a 1-0 Attack lead.
That goal marked the 1st time this series Owen Sound opened the scoring and first time they scored on the popwerlay (previously 0-for-9).
Twice more Owen Sound would go to specialty team play, and held the Greyhounds to just five shots in a 1-0 deficit after twenty minutes.
Less than three minutes into the second period CONOR TIMMINS rushed the right wing and centred a pass to OTTO MAKINEN who was turned aside by Michael McNiven.
That was just one of the two shots the Hounds had in the opening 10 minutes of the second period.
Their deficit grew when the Attack made it a 2-0 game at 12:07 when Kevin Hancock skated out of the left corner untouched and shot clean past Raaymakers.
In the second half of the period, along with outshooting Owen Sound slightly (7-6), the Greyhounds would get on the board.
At 18:26, ANTHONY DEMEO’s left point shot was stopped by MORGAN FROST before it got to the goal, and he quickly fed BORIS KATCHOUK to the goalies left to make it a 2-1 game.
For Katchouk that was his 1st goal of the series, and 6th of the playoffs.
The Hounds came out of the gates in the third period opening a 6-0 shot advantage in the opening six minutes but couldn’t put together the offence needed to pull even.
On their first shot of the period, Owen Sound would extend their lead.
The Attack won a battle deep in the corner, skated up the left wing wall and fed a wide open Sean Duzi who skated into the circle and fired a high shot past RAAYMAKERS making it a 3-1 game.
The Greyhounds would pull the goalie with just under two minutes to play in regulation.
Santino Centorame would slap a shot the full length of the ice wide, but Petrus Palmu was there to receive the puck off the end boards and deposit it into the empty cage for the 4-1 victory.
Owen Sound outshot the Hounds 41-23 while winning the specialty team game as well going 1-for-4 on the powerplay and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The victory cuts into the Hounds lead in the best-of-seven series, as they now lead 2 games to 1.
ATTENDANCE – 3,183
RED STAR THREE STARS
1- Petrus Palmu, OS
2- Maksim Sushko, OS
3- Joseph Raaymakers, SSM
To view the OHL Boxscore CLICK HERE.
The Greyhounds and Attack will now take an off day on Monday before heading back into action for Game 4 on Tuesday (Apr. 11).
Game time is 7:00 PM from the J.D. McArthur Arena in Owen Sound.
Fans can catch all the action beginning with the Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM) starting at 6:30 PM or tune in to ShawTV starting at 7 PM.
GAME 5 TICKETS
With the loss on Monday, we know the best-of-seven series will now require a Game 5 on Friday, April 14th (7:07 PM).
Tickets for this game go on-sale starting TOMORROW (Monday, April 10) at the Essar Centre Box Office, online at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422