Big Battle at the Bayshore
The Owen Sound Attack will face a stiff test on Wednesday night at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
In search of their 8th straight win, the Attack will have to go through the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
The game, which gets underway at 7:00pm, is a rematch of Sunday, Oct. 9's tilt in the Soo that saw Owen Sound romp to a 6-1 victory over the Hounds.
But since that early juncture of the season, the Greyhounds have kicked it into another gear and have dashed out to a stellar 27-8-2-0 record.
Most impressive might be the Hounds' road record, which stands at 17-3-0 ahead of Wednesday night's game in the Scenic City.
Leading the way for the Hounds is overage forward Bobby MacIntyre who has 18 goals and 37 assists in 37 games on the year, good for 4th overall in the league scoring race. Morgan Frost is 2nd in team scoring for the Soo with 13 goals and 23 helpers on the year.
It's not just the Greyhounds that skate into Wednesday night's game feeling good about their game though.
The Bayshore Boys are also playing some fantastic hockey as of late, and are carrying a seven game winning streak that began with an 8-1 win on Friday, Dec. 9 over the Guelph Storm.
A big part of the Attack's winning streak has been the play of reigning Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week, Michael McNiven.
The Montreal Canadiens prospect has gone 4-0-0 in that stretch, including a pair of 3-0 shutouts over the North Bay Battalion and the Kitchener Rangers. McNiven had his franchise record shutout bid ended early in the 2nd period of Sunday, Jan 1's 5-1 win over the Barrie Colts, but over his four game winning streak he had gone 174:38 without allowing a goal.
The line of Nick Suzuki, Kevin Hancock, and Jonah Gadjovich has also been a big part of the Attack's streak, as the trio have combined for 38 points over the team's last seven games.
All three forwards are eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and are having career years. Suzuki is currently 8th in the OHL scoring race with 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points in 37 games played, while Hancock is rocketing up the leader board as well with 16 goals and 24 assists of his own.
After missing some time due to an injury earlier in the season, Gadjovich has also gone on a tear as of late with 12 points in his past seven games, giving him 30 points in 31 games thanks to his 17 goals and 13 helpers on the year.
The play of that top line, as well as significant contributions from throughout Owen Sound's lineup, has helped push the team to a solid record of 23-13-1-0, good for 47 points and 5th place overall in the Western Conference.
Tickets for Wednesday night's contest are available for purchase at the MacVicar & McComb ReMax Box Office, online at www.attackhockey.com, or by calling 519-371-7452.