OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Gavin Bryant scored two goals and added two assists to power the Owen Sound Attack to a 9-3 victory Tuesday night over the North Bay Battalion in a preseason contest between Ontario Hockey League rosters severely curtailed by veteran absences.
Deni Goure and Sam Sedley had one goal and two assists apiece, while Cedricson Okitundu, Colby Barlow, Thomas Chafe, Ben Cormier and Julian Fantino each provided one goal and one assist.
Goaltender Corbin Votary made 26 saves as Owen Sound completed a sweep of the Battalion in exhibition action, having won 5-3 at Memorial Gardens on Sept. 11.
Michael Podolioukh scored two goals and Ethan Procyszyn had one goal and one assist for North Bay. Goaltender Charlie Robertson gave up six goals on 27 shots through two periods before Mike McIvor entered the game for the third period, allowing three power-play goals on 10 shots.
Both teams played with short lineups, primarily because of players being away at National Hockey League rookie camps. The Battalion dressed 14 skaters, four below the limit, while Owen Sound had 15 skaters.
The Attack jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals 40 seconds apart in the first period. Defenceman Okitundu got loose to connect at 4:33 from the inner edge of the right-wing circle, and Goure scored on a breakaway, beating Robertson with a backhand deke.
The Battalion killed a two-man disadvantage lasting 1:12 before Podolioukh struck on the power play at 10:39 as his shot from the top of the left circle deflected off Madden Steen past Votary. Paul Christopoulos and Anthony Romani had assists.
Robertson tracked penalty killer Sedley on a breakaway sortie, stifling his backhanded attempt at the left post, before North Bay received a two-man advantage for two minutes at 16:16. Okitundu was sent off for tripping and Barlow drew an unsportsmanlike conduct call for his reaction, but the Troops didn’t capitalize despite solid pressure. Procyszyn just failed to jam the puck home at the left post with 21 seconds left in the manpower edge.
Podolioukh tied it at 4:31 of the middle period, taking a nifty breakaway pass from Jacob Therrien at the Attack blue line and snapping the puck past Votary, but Bryant scored on the power play at 7:59 to give the hosts a lead they never relinquished.
Barlow quickly converted a puck that squirted to the slot at 11:55, and defenceman Sedley appeared to kick the disc home on a cruise across the crease at 14:28 before Chafe scored at 19:35 with the teams skating four a side.
Procyszyn beat Votary high to his left-hand blocker during a two-man advantage at 7:08 of the third period, but Owen Sound scored the final three goals. Bryant connected from the left side at 10:54, Cormier fired a puck that deflected off Cam Gauvreau at 16:56 and Fantino tipped the rubber home at 19:49, all with the man advantage.
The Battalion completes its three-game preseason schedule at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Ottawa 67’s at Pembroke, Ont.
BATTALION BULLETS: The Battalion went 2-for-9 on the power play. Owen Sound was 4-for-8 … Opening Battalion line combinations saw Romani centring left winger Owen Van Steensel and right winger Nic Sima, Podolioukh pivoting left winger Nikita Tarasevich and right winger Procyszyn and Brett Bouchard centring left winger Chase MacQueen-Spence and right winger Therrien … Defence pairings saw Alexander Lukin with Christopoulos and Gauvreau with Wyatt Kennedy. Brayden Turley was the fifth rearguard … The Battalion was without Tnias Mathurin, Avery Winslow, Justin Ertel, Liam Arnsby, Dalyn Wakely, Tyson Rismond, Kyle McDonald, Matvey Petrov, Ty Nelson, Kyle Jackson and Dom DiVincentiis … Robertson and McIvor made their OHL debuts after DiVincentiis went all the way in the teams’ first meeting … Rismond was serving a suspension for a fight in the last five minutes of that game … Among the missing for Owen Sound were Cedric Guindon, Servac Petrovsky, Cal Uens, Kaleb Lawrence and Ethan Burroughs … Nick Chenard, the winning goaltender in the game at North Bay, backed up Votary … Nolan Seed and Luc Schweingruber each had two assists for the Attack … Jason Faist and Ben Wilson were the referees.