Attack produces 3-2 victory
OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Zachary Roberts scored at 5:46 of the third period to complete the Owen Sound Attack’s comeback to a 3-2 Ontario Hockey League victory Saturday night over the North Bay Battalion.
Sean Durzi and Brady Lyle also scored for the Attack, while goaltender Zack Bowman faced 21 shots. Owen Sound, which defeated the host Kitchener Rangers 5-2 Friday night, has a won-lost-extended record of 8-3-2 for 18 points atop the Midwest Division.
Justin Brazeau scored both Battalion goals in the opener of a two-game road trip and the first of six consecutive games away from Memorial Gardens. Goaltender Christian Purboo, making his third OHL start, provided 31 saves for North Bay, 5-7-2 for 12 points, tied with the Sudbury Wolves for third place in the Central Division and holding a game in hand.
The Troops faced Lyle for the first time since dealing him to Owen Sound last Sunday for goaltender Christian Propp, with a pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection going each way. Nick King, acquired Monday for a conditional 15th-round pick in 2018, played against his former Attack teammates for the first time.
Roberts scored from the left side after a cross-crease pass. Chase Campbell and Aidan Dudas assisted on Roberts’s third goal of the season, which completed a rally from a 2-0 deficit.
Purboo left for a sixth skater with 1:25 left to play, and the Troops had several scoring chances, with Bowman gloving a screened drive by Cam Dineen at 19:10 and Brett McKenzie just missing with 15 seconds left.
Lyle connected from above the left circle on a counter-rush at 1:37 to tie it. Maksim Sushko and Matthew Struthers moved the puck up the ice for defenceman Lyle’s third goal, his first with Owen Sound.
Brazeau, who opened the scoring in the first frame, scored during a two-man advantage at 1:03 of the second period. Brazeau, who collected his team-leading 10th goal, one-timed the puck from deep on the left wing on assists by Adam Thilander and Dineen.
Penalty killer Durzi capitalized on a turnover at the Battalion blue line, seizing the puck and driving into the right circle to slap it past Purboo at 2:19. It was defenceman Durzi’s eighth goal.
Bowman foiled two breakaways in the latter half of the period, first sprawling to deny Rhys Forhan on a setup by Luke Moncada at 12:46 and then making much the same save against Luke Burghardt in the 14th minute after he raced around Lyle.
Brazeau struck on the power play at 18:33 of the first period. Burghardt worked the puck down the left boards into the corner and fed it in front to Brazeau, who stuffed his own rebound behind Bowman from tight range. Thilander drew the other assist.
Bowman robbed Kyle Potts with the glove in front of an apparently open net off a pass from Moncada at 5:35 shortly before Purboo produced two stellar stops. Purboo gloved a Roberts shot from the slot at 6:18 and got across the crease to deny Durzi from the left circle later in the seventh minute. The goaltender also went down to cover a screened right-point blast by Lyle at 13:16.
The Battalion visits Kitchener at 2 p.m. Sunday. The game can be seen live on YourTV Channels 12 and 700 and heard on Country 600 CKAT.
BATTALION BULLETS: Attendance at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre was 3,084 … Purboo, who won the second of his first two OHL games last week, was recalled from the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League after Propp, a former member of the Barrie Colts, suffered a lower-body injury early in a 4-0 home-ice victory Thursday night over the Windsor Spitfires. He is considered day-to-day … Julian Sime backed up Purboo … Brazeau has eight goals and two assists for 10 points in the last six games, having gone without a point only once in that span, with five multi-point games … North Bay was 2-for-6 on the power play. Owen Sound went 0-for-2 … Opening line combinations saw Burghardt centring left winger Brad Chenier and right winger Brazeau, McKenzie centring Adam McMaster on left wing and right winger Brandon Coe and Potts skating between left winger Moncada and right winger Patrick Brown. Forhan centred left winger Daniel Walker and right winger Andy Baker … In addition to Propp, the Battalion was without Travis Mailhot, Simon Rose, Kurtis Evans and Alex Robert … Lyle is a North Bay native who was the Battalion’s first-round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from Shattuck-St. Mary’s, a private school in Faribault, Minn. … The Troops were to travel to Kitchener after the game and overnight there … The referees were Jason Goldenberg and Josh Schein.