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Running The Table


By Fred Wallace


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

The Owen Sound Attack ran the table in the Ontario Hockey League Exhibition season this year going 5 & 0....and you KNOW what that means..........


Well, maybe not " nothing ", but certainly it doesn't mean there should be drooling about the prospects of the season ahead; that's not the Owen Sound way, and it's not the Attack way.

For what it's worth, all 5 pre-season victories were against Eastern Conference teams...and Owen Sound does not play in the Eastern Conference.

If they did, there might be more than 3 banners at the JD McArthur Arena.

Over the last 5 years, Owen Sound's winning percentage against the 10 Eastern clubs is 68 %. If you take Oshawa & Barrie out of the equation, the success rate is a whooping 80 %.

Again, Owen Sound plays in the West, so the exhibition mark is nice, but not overly significant.

You may also point out that the Attack went 4 & 1 in the 2016 pre-season, a sign of a great regular season that was to come.

Fair enough, but I seem to remember the Attack went 2 & 4 out of the gate last year, a year in which ONE more win would have given them first overall in the Conference.

So the Attack exhibition record is a nice reward for the players involved, something to be proud of and something to forget come tomorrow when the Ontario Hockey League season starts, for real.

I'm Fred Wallace

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