NORTH BAY, Ont. — Adam McMaster scored two goals and added an assist to pace the Owen Sound Attack to a 4-0 victory Sunday over the North Bay Battalion in both clubs’ last game of the Ontario Hockey League preseason.
The Battalion suffered its fifth exhibition loss and saw its won-lost-extended record fall to 0-4-1 after a 4-3 setback via shootout at Owen Sound on Saturday.
North Bay opens the regular season by playing host to the Barrie Colts at 7 p.m. Friday.
Ethan Burroughs and Daylon Groulx contributed a goal apiece to the Owen Sound attack, while goaltender Mack Guzda made 36 saves as the Troops outshot the winners for a second straight game.
Goaltender Christian Cicigoi faced 19 shots for the Battalion, which dressed 17 skaters, one below the limit. Assistant coaches Adam Dennis and Scott Wray ran the bench while Stan Butler, director of hockey operations and head coach, watched from a box.
McMaster, a onetime member of the Battalion who was the club’s first-round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, poked the puck behind Cicigoi from the right post at 4:09 of the first period and struck on the power play at 9:35 of the middle frame, completing a rink-length rush by drilling the puck home from the right-wing circle with Pacey Schlueting serving a tripping penalty.
Luke Moncada charged to the crease on a pass from David Campbell only to have Guzda’s net become dislodged at 1:48. Brad Chenier had two cracks at the puck at the right post in the 13th minute without getting the Troops on the board.
Burroughs connected on a screened shot to the short side off a turnover at 3:34 of the third period, and Groulx one-timed home a cross-ice pass from McMaster just 1:49 later.
Owen Sound went 3-1-0 in exhibition play.
Chenier led the Battalion in preseason scoring with four goals for as many points. Simon Rose had one goal and two assists for three points, and Mitchell Russell scored two goals for two points. Mason Primeau and Brandon Coe each netted one goal and added one assist for two points, while James Mayotte had two assists.
Cicigoi and crease partner Joe Vrbetic each played two games with as many losses, one of Vrbetic’s coming in the shootout. Christian Purboo, who was traded to the Sudbury Wolves, took the other loss.
BATTALION BULLETS: Opening lines featured Moncada centring Cameron Peters on left wing and Harrison Caines on right wing, Liam Arnsby pivoting left winger Chenier and right winger Coe and Kyle Jackson centring left winger Campbell and right winger Russell. Left winger Josh Currie and right winger Alex Christopoulos had various linemates … Defence pairings were Rose with Nick King, Schlueting with Braden Henderson and Mayotte beside Paul Christopoulos … Vrbetic backed up Cicigoi … The Battalion was without Ryan Thompson, Niki Korpialho, Kurtis Evans, Patrick Brown, Matthew Struthers and Primeau … Korpialho left the game Saturday in the first period with an upper-body injury. Primeau is with the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights, while Struthers, Evans and Thompson are sidelined with injuries. Brown attended a family function Saturday and hadn’t got back to North Bay … Chenier wore the captain’s ‘C’ for a fifth straight game. Moncada and King were the alternates … North Bay went 0-for-4 on the power play. The Attack was 1-for-3 … Owen Sound was without Joshua Samanski, who scored the shootout winner Saturday, Aidan Dudas, Brady Lyle and Sergey Popov … The referees were Mike Hamilton and Ryan Jenkins.