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Knights Sweep Attack.......Barely

It was an emotional game in Owen Sound Saturday night as the Attack and London Knights faced off for the first game of a home and home series. It was a roller coaster game and the Knights took advantage of several Owen Sound mistakes to lead 5-0 until a Matt Petgrave goal for the Attack in the second period. Unfortunately the goal was soon followed up with a controversial collision between two rookies.


A mid-ice hit by Knight’s phenon Max Domi left Belarus native Artur Gavrus lying motionless on the ice for several minutes until he was removed by ambulance. Attack member Petgrave said “it seemed like a clean hit, bad luck on Gavrus’ part. He was trying to take the puck out and got his head up at the last second.”
The second period continued in an ugly fashion as emotions were high and led to several fights. Many Attack fans were infuriated no call was made on the Gavrus-Domi collision although Petgrave admits “it was a clean hit at the end of the day.” Domi reported to the local Owen Sound paper, "You obviously don't want to see anything like that. It definitely wasn't my intent."
The third period resulted in cooler heads and the Attack managed to make a game of it, however, the Knights clinched it with an empty net goal for a 7-5 final.
The Attack headed to London Sunday for the second-half of the week-end match up. Petgrave was hoping to take the emotions with the team not for “retaliation(but to) try to get them clean.” And try they did. Outstanding goaltending on the part of Scott Stajcer stopped 47 out of the 49 shots. Ultimately the Attack lost 3-2 in overtime.
While the CHL top ranked team the London Knights swept the home-home series, the Owen Sound Attack didn’t make it easy for them.
· Max Domi’s father, ex-Leaf tough guy Tie Domi was in attendance Saturday night.
· The police were in attendance as well to escort the Knights out of the arena
· Arthur Gavrus underwent an MRI which found no spinal injuries. He has a severe concussion and is currently under 48 hour watch.
· Gavrus’ spot to represent Belarus in an up-coming tournament over the Christmas break may now be at risk.

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