Attack kick off weekend in Niagara
The Owen Sound Attack kick off a weekend that sees them play three games in four days with a trip to St. Catharines to take on the Niagara IceDogs tonight.
The Attack (42-15-2-2, 88 Points) are battling with the London Knights and Windsor Spitfires for home-ice positioning as the post-season approaches.
London currently sits one point ahead of Owen Sound for 3rd overall in the conference, while the Spitfires - this year's Memorial Cup host - are two points back of the Attack in the race for home ice in the first round.
And while Owen Sound is embroiled in a heated race to see who they will take on in the hunt for the J. Ross Robertson Cup, the IceDogs are fighting for their playoff lives.
With a record of 21-31-6-4 through 62 games of action, Niagara's 52 points has them tied with the North Bay Battalion for 8th in the Eastern Conference. The IceDogs have one game in hand on the Battalion though, and are within two points of the sixth place Ottawa 67's in a very fluid Eastern Conference.
Thursday night's game will mark the 2nd and final time that the teams meet on the season.
Owen Sound was victorious in the only previous game, a 2-1 overtime decision at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Petrus Palmu and Markus Phillips recorded the goals for the Attack in that effort, while IceDogs forward Johnny Corneil was the respondent for Niagara.
Entering Thursday's contest, Palmu has continued his scoring prowess and is one of three Attack players sitting inside the league's top 10 in point scoring.
His 81 points is just four behind Nick Suzuki who has 85 on the year and sits 5th overall in the league scoring race. Kevin Hancock's breakout year has seen him rack up 77 points in 61 games thus far, good for 10th place in points.
The IceDogs are led by Corneil who has 56 points in 61 games, including that lone tally against the Attack back in October.
Fans can listen to the game tonight with Fred Wallace and Mark McKelvie on Kia of Owen Sound/Terry's Trailer Service Bearadio on 560 CFOS.
Following the tilt with Niagara the Attack will return home to take on the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday evening in a 7:30pm affair at the Bayshore.
Tickets for that game, as well as Owen Sound's 1st round playoff series, are available for purchase at the MacVicar & McComb ReMax Attack Box Office or by calling 519-371-7452.
The Attack then conclude their busy weekend with a trip down Highway 21 to Sarnia to take on the Sting on Sunday afternoon. That contest can be heard live on Kia of Owen Sound/Terry's Trailer Service Bear Radio on 560 CFOS.