The Bears hit the road on Wednesday for their first meeting of the season with the Erie Otters.
Brandon Hope would get the start in goal for the Attack while Oscar Dansk would get the nod for the Otters.
The best recipe for victory on the road is a good start and the Attack would solve that one quickly as Kurtis Gabriel was credited with the goal that gave them the lead. Zach Nastasiuk would pick up the assist.
Back and forth action would ensue until Chris Bigras was penalized for tripper. While shorthanded, Connor McDavid would thread a nice pass to Andre Burakovsky who roofed it over the glove of Brandon Hope.
The second period would be another tight checking affair while the Attack and Otters jousted back and forth, but the Otters would take a 2-1 lead midway through the 2nd when Connor Brown broke in shorthanded and slipped a backhand past Brandon Hope.
Down a goal and headed into the third, the Attack would need their veterans to step up and also get a little bit of luck….so they got both. As Chris Bigras lugged the puck up the ice, he lost it against two defenders and the puck rolled to Dansk. Instead of sweeping it to the side, the Otters netminder shot the puck up the middle where it went off Bigras to tie the game.
In our pre-game primer, we listed Andre Burkovsky as the player to watch…and rightfully so. In the dying seconds, the big forward broke down the wing, circled the net and fed a puck to Adam Pelech, who tallied the game winner with just 2 seconds remaining.
It was a heartbreaker for the Attack, but will no doubt be used as a learning tool.
The Three Stars of the Game…as chosen by Erie were:
3) Connor McDavid (1A, -1
2) Connor Brown (1G,1A)
1) Matt Pelech (GWG)
Andre Burakovsky was without a doubt one of the best players on the ice tonight but was somehow left off his hometown list. Chris Bigras also deserved honorable mention.
The Attack is back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Niagara to take on the Ice Dogs. The action can be seen live on Rogers TV channel 53 or tune into 560 CFOS with Fred Wallace. Game time is 7:00pm.