The Bears in Blue was a great success! Sunday afternoon the Attack played host to the Ottawa 67’s in the first annual Bears in Blue game in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and specifically Prostate Cancer. Prior to the game, Bears in Blue honorary Captain Fred Wallace, a prostate Cancer Survivor dropped the puck in front of the Attack faithful for the ceremonial faceoff.
Ottawa came into the game tied with Niagara in points, but ahead of them for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. In an earlier meeting, the Attack defeated the 67’s on family day by a score of 5-4. The boys looked to gain some more ground on 6th place Saginaw and widen the gap between them and the Whalers on Sunday in their sharp looking blue jerseys.
The Attack came to play for a second game in a row as they started the first period of with a goal by Zach Nastasiuk shortly after a fight ignited the crowd and benches between unlikely combatants Jeffrey Gilligan and Sam Studnicka. Alex Annecchiarico would put home his 1st OHL goal of his career shortly after to put Owen Sound ahead by two. 12 penalties were called in the first including 2 ten minute misconducts and another fight with Justin Brack and Brett Gustavsen. Daniel Milne would add an unassisted goal with 5 minutes remaining and the boys would go to the room up 3-0.
The second period started off the same as Holden Cook scored his 27th of the season to put the Attack up 4-0. The tide would turn though as Ottawa rang off 3 straight goals in another penalty filled period by Salituro, Konecny and Bell. The score was 4-3 when Zach Nastasiuk would as his 2nd of the game to put the boys back up by 2 and Kurtis Gabriel would score just before the period ended to regain the 3 goal lead.
The lead the Attack had would diminish again as the 67’s would score another 3 in the period. This time the goal scorers would be Johnathan Duchesne, Brendan Bell and Nevin Guy. The game would end tied at 6 and we would need another 5 or less to see the final result. It only took 33 seconds for Zach Nastasiuk to put the game on ice as secure the 2 points with his hat trick goal.
The three stars of the game were:
3) Chris Bigras, OS – 3A
2) Brendan Bell, OTT – 2G, 1A
1) Zach Nastasiuk, OS – 3G, 1A
The Attack’s next game is Thursday, March 7th in Barrie as they take on the Colts.
You can watch the game on Rogers channel 53 or listen to Fred Wallace on 560 CFOS.