No word if they had to change out the goal lights at the brand new Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, but we can confirm there were a pile of pucks in the nets, as Owen Sound were rude visitors in a 7-4 win over the Niagara IceDogs on Thursday.
Five of those goals game in the first period, from five different goal scorers.
Kevin Hancock (7th), Damir Sharpzyanov (3rd) and Bryson Cianfrone (10th) for Owen Sound and Anthony DiFruscia (15th) and Jordan Maletta (25th) for Niagara, it was 3-2 Attack after the first.
Owen Sound made it at two-goal-lead in the mid-second, on a Matthew Struthers’ (5th) marker, then it was a back and forth frame. Maletta (26th) scored his second of the night for Niagara, Petrus Palmu (10th) answered back for the Attack and then Graham Knott (8th) kept it a one-goal-game, by scoring on the power play before the second buzzer.
The Attack put it out of reach in the third.
Ethan Szypula (13th) added some insurance just over 3:00 into the final stanza and Nick Suzuki (11th) put in a shorthanded empty-netter to seal it.
Daniel Dekoning made 24 saves in the Attack goal to earn the win, while it was a rare off-night for Alex Nedejlkovic on the other side, taking the loss with 34 saves.
Despite the lopsided win, Owen Sound retain fourth place in the Midwest Division with 47 points, still a ways back of third place Kitchener, who they’ll host in their next game Saturday night.
The IceDogs will try to recover and avoid a third straight loss, with a visit to their former home in Mississauga tomorrow. The finish the weekend Saturday with a trip to see the Otters in Erie.