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Multiple Setbacks


By Fred Wallace


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

The Owen Sound Attack head to Erie, Pennsylvania this weekend for their annual doubleheader against the Otters.

The Attack have a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 2 shootout defeats at the moment, 1 point back of Kitchener for 1st in the generally difficult MidWest Division.

And for what it's worth, the Attack are ranked #8 this week in the Canadian Hockey League Top 10.

What's remarkable about the record and the ranking is that they've done it with a number of setbacks, setbacks so frequent, I can't remember the chronology.

I know in April, the Attack selected Dylan Wendt of Detroit Belle Tire 89th overall on a bit of flyer, hoping that by persuading him to come to the OHL, Owen Sound would have a virtual second first-round calibre player.

In June, coach Ryan McGill departed for the Vegas Golden Knights and by Canada Day, the Attack were fairly certain Dave Barr would be their coach....but Barr knew the way to San Jose and now the Attack are in the capable hands of coach Todd Gill instead.

As Michael McNiven accepted Goalie of the Year honors last June, the Attack were in hot pursuit of pending holdout Joseph Raaymakers of the Soo Greyhounds, now of the London Knights.

And somewhere in there, Owen Sound firmly believed everything was in place to select Jesper Bratt in the CHL Import Draft, but a sequence of twists saw London selected Bratt, who somewhat ironically is performing well with New Jersey in the NHL.

Four setbacks by my count, yet the Attack head into the weekend chasing first in the division and looking to climb the BMO-CHL Top 10.

Have a great weekend.

I'm Fred Wallace

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