Soo Greyhounds flirted with danger on Friday night. Oh yes they did. But the best team in the Ontario Hockey League was able to escape the danger zone and avoid a second straight Attack.
Playing in front of a capacity crowd, the Greyhounds gave up leads of 2-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 to eke out a 5-4 overtime decision over the Owen Sound Attack.
The best-of-seven, second-round, Western Conference playoff series is now tied at a game apiece. The series shifts to Owen Sound for Games 3 and 4.
As Owen Sound pilfered the series opener 4-1 on Thursday, the Attack was every bit as lethal on Friday, even though it never had the lead in the fast-paced, evenly-matched contest.
Well-coached — very well-coached — by headmaster Todd Gill, Owen Sound came within an overtime goal of leaving Houndtown with a commanding series lead.
But give credit — lots of it — to the Greyhounds, who showed a resolve of their own and barely blinked despite the relentless Attack that kept battling back to tie the score.
Obvious cliche aside, what a game it was.
Superlatives aplenty could well describe Friday’s Game 2.
Yes, the mighty Greyhounds almost lost it. But they didn’t. They won it.
And what matters now — to both sides, really — is that the series is tied.