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Battalion overwhelmed by Attack

Attack break out with four second period goals to win both pre-season games against the Troops
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Battalion forward Chase MacQueen-Spence battles for the puck with an Attack defender. Photo submitted

OWEN SOUND - The Owen Sound attack scored 4 times in the second period in a 9-3 win over an understaffed North Bay Battalion squad on Tuesday night. 

The Battalion without nine regulars who are at NHL camps allowed 7 goals against in the final 40 minutes after keeping it close through the opening frame. 

Gavin Bryant led the way for the Attack with 2 goals and 2 assists while returning Battalion forward Michael Podolioukh had a pair for the Troops. 

The Attack opened things up with two quick goals, one from a shot from just inside the top of the circle by Attack forward Cedricson Okitundo who beat Robertson high glove for a 1-0 Attack lead.

Then Denis Goure, who was a fresh return from Carolina Hurricanes rookie camp arriving 30 minutes to game time, went in all alone on Robertson faked right and deked left around the sprawling leg of Robertson which made it 2-0.  

The Battalion responded though, Paul Christopoulos fed Michael Podolioukh through the slot and he ripped it past the Attack netminder Corbin Votary on the power play to cut the lead to 2-1 mid-first. 

Late first, the Battalion had a great chance to get the equalizer when they had a full two-minute 5 on 3 late in the first. However, the Attack was able to hold off the Battalion to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room. 

"We got a power play goal that gave us some momentum," Paul Christopoulos said during an OHL Tonight intermission interview.

Early second, Podolioukh picked up his second of the night as he snuck behind the defenders and took a nice stretch pass from Jacob Therrien and beat the Attack netminder Corbin Votary with a quick release to even things at 2-2. 

The Attack restored the lead when Gavin Bryant got a back door feed that beat Robertson sliding across which made it 3-2 on the power play for the home side. 

Not long after Owen van Steensel was stopped on a breakaway, NHL 2023 top draft prospect Colby Barlow added to the lead with a quick pass in the slot from Bryant that fooled Robertson blocker side for a 4-2 lead. 

Less than 3 minutes later some tough luck for the Battalion as a shot from the point deflected off a player in front of Robertson and rolled past the big rookie netminder.  Sam Sedley was credited with the fifth Attack goal. 

In the final minute, Thomas Chafe took another feed through the slot and had a tap in, which made it 6-2 Attack and put an end to the night for Robertson who was replaced by Mike McIvor in the third period.  

McIvor was tested early stopping a breakaway in the opening minute of the third period. 

The Battalion cut into that lead as Battalion 1st rounder Ethan Procyszyn took a feed from Jacob Therrien on a 5-on-3 power play which made it 6-3.  The goal came moments after Therrien was stopped on a "Michigan" attempt. 

The Attack added to the lead again on the power play as a shot went off Bryant and past McIvor which made it 7-3. 

Ben Cormier added a power play goal on a quick release through traffic which made it 8-3 in the latter stages of the third to secure the win for the Attack. 

Then with 10 seconds remaining Julian Fantino tipped home another power play marker which made it 9-3.

Robertson took the loss stopping 21 of 27 shots he faced while Mike McIvor, who was making his OHL debut made 7 stops out of the 10 he faced in relief in the third period. 

The Battalion, who fell to the Attack 5-3 at home last Sunday at the Gardens, close out the pre-season with a contest against the Ottawa 67's which will take place in Pembroke, Ontario on Saturday.  Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. 

Chris Dawson

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