Sault Ste. Marie 9 – Owen Sound 7 (SSM wins 4-3)
In the only game seven so far in the OHL playoffs, Sault Ste. Marie used a strong start and home ice advantage to help them advance to the Western Conference Championship Series.
Brett McKenzie (2g 1a) opened the scoring for Owen Sound, a lead that was short lived for the visitors.
The ‘Hounds responded in a big way, scoring three goals in a 1:01 span just over a minute after McKenzie’s tally. Noah Carroll (2g) and Ryan Roth scored their first goals of the postseason, while Hayden Verbeek also found the back of the net in the opening frame.
Boris Katchouk (3g) scored a shorthanded goal with 17 seconds left in the period to open up a 4-1 advantage. Katchouk and Carroll scored goals in the second period to open the game wide open before Sean Durzi (2g 3a) scored for Owen Sound.
Teams traded powerplay goals early in the third period before Boris Katchouk capped off his hat trick with just over six minutes to go.
The Attack didn’t roll over. Trailing 8-3, Owen Sound got goals from Jacob Friend, Jonah Gadjovich, and another from Durzi to make it a 8-6 game.
Taylor Raddysh (1g 3a) scored an empty netter to make it 9-6, but even then the Attack didn’t give up. Kevin Hancock (1g 2a) scored a power play goals to make it a two goal game once again
That’s as close as they would get as Sault Ste. Marie held on for the 9-7 victory.
Morgan Frost had three assists for the Soo.
Sault Ste. Marie went 2-for-5 with the man advantage, while the Attack went 2-for-3.
The Greyhounds now get set to face the Kitchener Rangers in the Western Conference Championship Series, which opens Friday night in Sault Ste. Marie.