By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The Owen Sound Attack & Kitchener Rangers have a divisional match in the Ontario Hockey League set for tonight at the J.D. McArthur Arena.
This will be the second of 8 head-to-head meetings on the season between the two teams and their second head-to-head in 5 days.
Kitchener drew first blood in the opener, a somewhat curious affair at the Memorial Auditorium Friday in Kitchener.
Owen Sound dominated the first period, outshooting Kitchener at one point by a margin of 21-5 and grabbing a 2-0 lead.
After that it was mostly Kitchener as the Rangers scored 4 straight to take a 4-2 lead after 2 periods.
Very early in the 3rd, the Attack clawed to within 1 goal, but a scant 6 seconds later, Kitchener responded and for all intents and purposes that was the affair.
The win for Kitchener snapped a 3 game losing streak and launched a sequence of 2 straight wins as they rallied again on Sunday to beat Ottawa and come into Owen Sound tonight looking to extend the streak and in the process potentially jump over Flint, Sault Ste Marie, Windsor, Erie and Saginaw and grab 1st place in the Western Conference.
Of note, Saginaw is a at home to Peterborough tonight
For their part the Attack are also looking to extend streaks.
Owen Sound rebounded from their Friday loss at Kitchener with a 7-3 win at home against the Flint Firebirds, snapping what was a franchise record 4 game win streak for the Firebirds.
The victory over Flint was convincing, as the score suggests, and extended the Attack's home ice streak of points to 3 straight games; 2 wins and a shootout loss in 3 outings at the Bayshore.
What Owen Sound hopes to do in Game 7 of the season is break the pattern of win-loss, win-loss and in the process, move into a tie with Erie for 1st in the Midwest Division.
It's quite early in the OHL season, but the Rangers & Attack tonight has a number of scenarios and subplots.
Game time tonight is 7 pm
I'm Fred Wallace