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The Best To This Point


By Fred Wallace

 Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire "


The Owen Sound Attack played Game # 2000 & # 2001 in franchise history over the weekend.

Looking back to September 20, 1989 and flowing through the next 30 years, there has been Ontario Hockey League action in Owen Sound year after year.

It's kind of remarkable considering the doom & gloom that was spread around the club in its infancy and again in the 2000 when the franchise was for sale.

Leading into Game # 2,000, I asked Plater & Attack fans via Twitter to recall their most memorable regular season game.

I got a few responses, but not many.

Maybe, my following on Twitter isn't nearly as active as I imagine.

Or perhaps for most Owen Sound fans, their greatest memory is the Jarrod Maidens goal that won the 2011 OHL Championship in Game 7, which was a playoff game and doesn't count among the 2,000 regular season games.

Or maybe it's a tough question.

As the Attack bus rolls through Ontario, New York State, Pennsylvania & Michigan, there's never a trip where a game, or a player, or an incident isn't recalled in great detail by those aboard, usually warmly & quite fondly, and thus asking for what game that stands out over 30 years is impossible.

For me ?

Maybe it's the opener in September of 1989.

Maybe it's the night Andrew Brunette capped a hat trick in overtime in a 10-9 win over the Dukes.

Maybe it's the night the Platers overcame a 7-2 deficit in the last 15 minutes to beat the IceDogs in overtime.

Maybe it's the night in Guelph when Owen Sound scored 3 times in the last 3 minutes to tie Guelph and then won in overtime.

Maybe it's the showdown win at Kitchener in 2011 in front of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Maybe...........................well, maybe picking 1 of 2,000 plus over a 30 year span is impossible.


I'm Fred Wallace

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