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The Connection


By Fred Wallace

Ryan McGill & Junior NorthStars



Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

What do Ryan McGill and the Owen Sound Junior B NorthStars have in common ?

Well, they both finished their 2017 term in Owen Sound on the same day.

But aside from their coinciding date of departure last Thursday, there's another connection, an illustration of the age-old adage that every game counts.

Under Ryan McGill, the Attack had a sensational year last season setting franchise records for wins and points highlighted by a 15 game win streak from December 9th to January 28th, that allowed them to finish just 1 point back of Erie for 1st overall.

But do we remember how the Attack started last year....?

2 & 4 with losses at Sarnia, at Flint, home to Guelph and at Sudbury, against teams they would have smeared later in the season.

Eight valuable points on the table, Owen Sound got none and missed the # 1 spot by 1 victory.

And the Junior NorthStars ?

Once again they were hard working and valiant in their playoff defeat at the hands of a deep and talented Orangeville team.

But what if the Junior NorthStars had of won on the opening weekend at St Catharines or at home against Point Edward or later in the year at Hamilton ?

Had that been the case, we might have been talking only about another Junior playoff game tonight and not the end of the line for the 2017 Junior NorthStars and how it coincided with the departure of Ryan McGill.

I'm Fred Wallace


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