Sound effort secures win
NORTH BAY, Ont. — Anthony Romani scored two goals, including the winner, to lead the North Bay Battalion to a 4-1 Ontario Hockey League decision Wednesday night over the Owen Sound Attack, giving the Troops a fourth straight victory.
Liam Arnsby and Kyle McDonald provided a goal apiece, while Matvey Petrov contributed three assists and Kyle Jackson two as North Bay improved its won-lost-extended record to 41-17-3 for 85 points, first in the Central Division and second in the Eastern Conference.
Goaltender Dom DiVincentiis made 36 saves in another stellar performance, extending a Battalion shutout streak to 200:30 before Antonio Tersigni scored for Owen Sound in the third period before a Memorial Gardens crowd of 2,664.
DiVincentiis gave up a goal to David Goyette of the Sudbury Wolves at 5:23 of the second period of a 5-2 home-ice win last Thursday night before blanking the host Mississauga Steelheads 3-0 Friday night. Partner Charlie Robertson whitewashed the visiting Niagara IceDogs 4-0 Sunday for a second consecutive North Bay shutout.
Goaltender Nick Chenard made 22 saves for Owen Sound, 29-25-5 for 63 points, third in the Midwest Division and seventh in the Western Conference after the host Flint Firebirds broke a sixth-place tie with a 4-1 win over the Erie Otters.
Tersigni poked the puck under DiVincentiis from a scrum at 5:53 of the third period, cutting Owen Sound’s deficit to 3-1. It was the rookie’s first OHL goal.
McDonald blunted any comeback hopes for the visitors when, open on the left wing, he scooped the puck home during a two-man advantage at 12:10. Petrov and Jackson had the assists on McDonald’s 28th goal of the season in 38 games.
After the Battalion led 1-0 at the first intermission, Romani scored the eventual winner at 1:01 of the middle frame, taking a cross-ice pass from Dalyn Wakely and ripping the puck into the open net from the left side. Petrov also assisted.
Romani collected his 19th goal on the power play at 7:28 off a short Petrov pass from the right wing. Jackson had the other assist as Romani fired the puck through traffic from the inner edge of the circle for his 19th goal.
Arnsby struck at 19:39 after the teams battled without a goal to that point of the first period. Nikita Tarasevich collected an Arnsby rebound off the end boards and fed the puck in front, from where the captain beat Chenard past the catching glove for a 10th goal.
Jackson Stewart challenged Alexander Lukin after he checked Owen Sound’s Thomas Chafe at 3:57. Stewart was assessed an instigating minor, fighting major and misconduct, while Lukin received an interference penalty and a major.
The Attack, which went to the power play after Brayden Hislop was called for crosschecking at 5:19, had a would-be goal by Cedrick Guindon disallowed eight seconds later for a high stick.
The Battalion visits the Oshawa Generals at 7:35 p.m. Friday. The game can be seen live in North Bay on YourTV Channels 12 and 700.
BATTALION BULLETS: North Bay Youth Soccer Night featured a ceremonial faceoff that included head coach Paul Cook and Kevin Connolly and his three-year-old daughter, Callie, who will be a rookie this season in the Timbits program for boys and girls aged 3 to 8. Registration now is open … In the teams’ first meeting, the Battalion won 6-3 on Nov. 19 at Owen Sound as Wakely scored two goals, including the winner, while Romani contributed one goal and one assist and Robertson made 31 saves … Petrov has an eight-game points streak in which he has three goals and nine assists for 12 points. In 123 career games, Petrov has 112 assists, tied with Raffi Torres for seventh place in franchise history. Petrov’s 48 power-play assists are tied with Luke Lynes for eighth place in Battalion history … Jackson has a six-game points streak in which he has one goal and nine assists for 10 points … DiVincentiis has 47 career wins, tied with Daren Machesney for sixth place in franchise annals … The Battalion went 2-for-4 on the power play. Owen Sound was 0-for-4 … The Battalion, which dressed 11 forwards and seven defencemen, scratched Tnias Mathurin, Brayden Turley, Justin Ertel, Brett Bouchard and Pasquale Zito, who was sick. Josh Bloom returned to action after sitting out the previous game with an illness … Hillary Brennan and Pat Myers were the referees.