Exhibition action ends
OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Kaleb Pearson’s goal at 1:22 of the third period broke a tie and proved the winner as the Owen Sound Attack defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-1 Sunday in the final Ontario Hockey League preseason game for both teams.
Alan Lyszczarczyk, who also had an assist, Griffin Wilson and Daylon Groulx scored the other goals for Owen Sound, while goaltender Mack Guzda faced 23 shots as the Attack avenged a 7-4 setback Saturday at North Bay.
Kyle Potts scored for the Battalion, which got 26 saves from goaltender Christian Purboo before a crowd recorded as 691.
The Battalion, which completed its exhibition schedule with a won-lost-extended record of 2-3-0, opens the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday against the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs.
The teams were tied 1-1 when Pearson darted away on a two-on-one rush to tap home a backhander from the left lip of the crease off a pass from Lyszczarczyk.
Lyszcarczyk connected at 12:21 on an odd-man rush with Cade Robinson against Payton Vescio. Lyszczarczyk shoveled Robinson’s feed high into the net from the left side. Groulx took a lead pass from Manuel Alberg and struck shorthanded at 14:40 after darting behind defenders Braden Henderson and Simon Rose.
Wilson opened the scoring on the power play at 4:58 of the second period, taking a pass from Mitchell Russell on the right-wing boards and, working to the forehand at the right lip of the crease, snapping the puck past Purboo.
Potts tied it with the man advantage at 7:28, advancing from a neutral-zone faceoff, eluding Robinson and, using Trent Bourque as a screen, beating Guzda from the mid slot. Brad Chenier had the lone assist.
Guzda made a sprawling save against Adam McMaster in tight on the rebound of a David Maier shot in the third minute.
The teams battled through a scoreless first period in which the Troops forged a 9-5 advantage in shots despite displaying an unwillingness to shoot the puck during their only power play, after Wilson went off for hooking at 2:45.
Owen Sound enjoyed two power plays, with penalty killer Daniel Walker, on a two-on-one rush just after the first expired, hitting the left post. Walker had another chance in the final minute when he found himself in the slot with the puck, but Pearson deflected the disc high and wide.
For the game, North Bay went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Attack was 1-for-4.
BATTALION BULLETS: Opening lines featured McMaster centring left winger Walker and right winger Brandon Coe, Potts pivoting left winger Chenier and right winger Patrick Brown and Luke Moncada centring left winger Cameron Peters and Egor Postnov on right wing. Rhys Forhan centred left winger Harrison Caines and right winger Andy Baker … Defence pairings saw Nick King with Maier, Pacey Schlueting with Henderson and Rose alongside Vescio … Christian Propp backed up Purboo … The Battalion was without Cole Cameron, Travis Mailhot, Kurtis Evans, Justin Brazeau and Matthew Struthers … Potts wore the captain’s ‘C’ while Chenier and King were alternates … Brazeau led the Troops in exhibition scoring with five goals and five assists for 10 points. Struthers had five goals and three assists for eight points, and Chenier produced two goals and four assists for six points … Owen Sound dressed 14 skaters, four below the limit, as several players remain at National Hockey League camps. Brady Lyle, a former member of the Battalion, sat out after blocking a shot Saturday. Among the missing were forwards Maksim Sushko, Aidan Dudas and Nick Suzuki … Assistant coaches Scott Wray and Adam Dennis staffed the Battalion bench. Head coach Stan Butler didn’t make the trip.