Troops counter Attack for 4-2 win
OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Adam McMaster and Zach Poirier each scored one goal and added an assist as the North Bay Battalion completed its Ontario Hockey League exhibition schedule with a 4-2 victory Sunday over the Owen Sound Attack.
Brady Lyle and Max Kislinger also scored for North Bay, while David Sherman had two assists. Goaltender Brent Moran made 34 saves as the Battalion avenged a 3-1 home-ice loss Saturday to the Attack and finished the preseason with a won-lost-extended record of 2-2-0.
Matthew Struthers and Nick Pryce scored for Owen Sound, which suffered its first preseason loss after four wins. Starting goaltender Riley Daniels gave up three goals on 13 shots. Michael McNiven, who entered the game at 9:43 of the second period, stopped 10 of 11 shots.
Poirier scored off a two-on-one rush with McMaster against Trenton Bourque, converting a McMaster pass from the right-wing circle at 6:28 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie.
Defenceman Lyle netted what proved to be the winner at 8:37. Brad Chenier carried the puck down the left side and fed the onrushing Lyle at the right side for the redirection that gave Daniels no chance.
Kislinger struck from a sharp angle on the left wing at 2:19 of the third period before Pryce completed the scoring at 11:18, cutting around Eric Allair and driving to the crease off the right side to beat Moran between the legs.
Owen Sound pulled McNiven for a sixth attacker after a timeout in the 19th minute and swarmed the Battalion zone, but the Troops fended off the assault.
McMaster scored on the power play at 10:36 of the first period, darting in on the right side to shovel home the rebound of Sherman’s shot off the rebound of a Poirier drive.
Kevin Hancock was off for slashing when McMaster scored his team-leading third goal of the exhibition season. The only other penalty in the period saw Sherman whistled for hooking at 13:59.
Daniels denied Brett Hargrave driving to the net for a good scoring chance in the fourth minute after a feed from Zach Shankar.
Struthers tied it at 1:10 of the second period after Zachary Roberts intercepted a clearing attempt and slipped the puck to Struthers behind the defence. Tyler MacArthur inexplicably was credited with an assist.
The Battalion opens its regular-season schedule when it hosts the Niagara IceDogs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.
BATTALION BULLETS: A moment of silence was observed to mark the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States … The Battalion went 1-for-3 on the power play. Owen Sound was 0-for-2 … Opening line combinations featured Hargrave centring left winger Daniil Vertiy and right winger Steve Harland, Kyle Potts centring left winger Kislinger and right winger Justin Brazeau and McMaster pivoting left winger Sherman and right winger Poirier. Maurizio Colella centred left winger Chenier and right winger Alex Robert … Defence pairings were Allair with Riley Bruce, Shankar with Mark Shoemaker and Adam Thilander with Lyle … The Battalion was without Cam Dineen, Jake Ramalho, Rhys Forhan, Daniel Walker, Brett McKenzie and Jacob Ball … Bruce served as captain, with Shankar and Poirier the alternates … Scratches for Owen Sound, which dressed 19, one below the limit, included Thomas Schemitsch, Ethan Szypula and Petrus Palmu … Coach Stan Butler watched from a deck in a corner of the arena as assistants John Dean and Adam Dennis ran the North Bay bench … Bruce, Dineen, Shoemaker and McKenzie, all draft picks, as well as free-agent invitees Brazeau and Moran head to National Hockey League rookie camps starting Tuesday.