Attack gunning for number 14
The Owen Sound Attack look to extend their win streak to 14 consecutive games when they take on the Barrie Colts on Saturday to begin and conclude a unique week in the Ontario Hockey League.
Having last played on Saturday, Jan. 14, the Attack's tilt with the Colts on Saturday evening marks their only game of Week 17 of the Ontario Hockey League season.
Getting underway at 7:30pm at the Barrie Molson Centre, the Attack and Colts meet for the 5th time in 2016-17, and Owen Sound enters the game with a commanding 4-0 lead in the season series.
In the four contests between the inter-conference rivals, Owen Sound has handily done away with Barrie, outscoring them 24-6 on the season.
Over those four games, Attack leading scorer Nick Suzuki has paced the Bears, scoring four times and adding six helpers for a total of 10 points. A native of London, Suzuki was recently ranked as the 16th overall North American based skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Suzuki, who has 23 goals and 33 assists on the year, was one of seven members of the Owen Sound Attack to be ranked in Central Scouting's midterm rankings, which leads all clubs in the Canadian Hockey League.
Also appearing on the list, and having contributed seven points in the dominance of the Colts this year is Kevin Hancock who is enjoying a break out season. Hancock's 19 goals and 31 assists have allowed him to shoot up the league scoring standings to 14th overall. Prior to 2016-17, his previous career high in points was 28, set last year in 66 games.
And while Suzuki, Hancock, and a handful of other Attack players are enjoying solid years against Barrie, Saturday night's game will be of particular significance for the newest member of the Bear's Den.
Acquired by the Attack on Monday, Jan. 9, overage forward Cordell James will be returning to Barrie for the first time since being traded to Owen Sound from the Colts.
The overage forward, who has scored three times and added a pair of assists in three games so far with Owen Sound, spent the entirety of his OHL career with Barrie before being dealt at the trade deadline. Named captain of the Colts earlier this year, James suited up in 269 regular season and playoff games for Barrie, dating back to the 2013-14 season.
Leading the way for the Colts, who took down the Saginaw Spirit 5-4 in overtime on Thursday night, are forwards Lucas Chiodo and Anthony Stefano, each with 38 points on the year.
Chiodo, who is the Colts' leading goal scorer with 16 tallies, has three of his goals on the year against the Attack.
After Saturday, the Attack will return to Barrie once again for a Thursday night match up on Jan. 26, in what is a re-make of the Dec. 15 game that was postponed due to inclement weather.
Owen Sound's next home game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28 when the London Knights come to town for a 3:30pm puck drop that will be televised nationally on Rogers Sportsnet.
This weekend's game in Barrie will be available live by listening to Fred Wallace's call on 560 CFOS' Kia of Owen Sound/Terry's Trailer Service Bearadio.