The Owen Sound Attack scored three goals for the first time in six OHL games but it wasn't enough as they fell to the Erie Otters 4-3.
The Otters jumped out to a 3-0 lead Friday and held on as three skaters recorded multi-point games for the OHL's top squad.
Michael Curtis, Connor McDavid and Brendan Gaunce all scored once and added an assist for the Otters in the win - their fourth in a row.
Andre Burakovsky scored twice for Erie.
Captain Zach Nastasiuk scored twice and added an assist for the home team - while newcomer Kyle Platzer scored as well - but the Attack fell short - losing their fourth in a row.
The last time Owen Sound scored more than 3 goals in a game was a 6-2 win over Niagara on December 28th.
The Attack were outshot 15-3 in the first period.
Brandon Hope stopped 36 shots in net for Owen Sound while Oscar Dansk made 24 saves for Erie.
These two teams will meet again tonight in the second game of their annual double header in Owen Sound.
Puck drop at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre is 7:30.
Elsewhere around the league on Friday night,
The Saginaw Spirit - whom the Attack are chasing in the Western Conference for 6th place - beat up on Belleville 7-0
Dale Hunter had his number 15 retired by the Sudbury Wolves and to show his appreciation, his London Knights walked away with a 3-2 victory.
The Guelph Storm made short work of the Sarnia Sting swatting them 6-1. It is their ninth win in a row.
Kingston picked up a win in Michigan, defeating Plymouth 3-2 with a last minute goal by top NHL prospect Sam Bennett.
The Kitchener Rangers fell at home to the Barrie Colts 6-4. Andrea Athanasiou scored twice and added three assists in the win for the Colts.
Mississauga defended home ice, defeating Niagara 2-1. Zach Wilkie scored his first career OHL goal for the IceDogs.
And North Bay surprised the Generals as they marched into Oshawa and took the victory 5-1.
Brendan O'Neill made 25 saves for the Battalion.
Of note - both Erie and Guelph have already clinched playoff berths.