Whalers and Spirit this WeekendJan 03, 2013 - 08:05 EST
The Attack will try to get back to their winning ways this weekend when they travel to Plymouth on Friday to take on the Whalers before heading to Saginaw on Saturday to take on the Sting. Jaden Lindo and Jacob Middleton, who are both with Team Ontario at the U17 Tournament will join the team in Saginaw for Saturday’s game while Jordan Binnington will not be with the team until early next week. The Attack is coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Kitchener Rangers on home ice and is looking to rebound and widen the spread they currently hold on Kitchener and Guelph for 2nd in the division.
Defenseman Keevin Cutting suited up in his 266th career game on Wednesday night, 16 back of Marcus Carroll’s franchise record of 312, set back in the 2009/2010 season. The Attack have four players in the OHL’s top ten in plus/minus heading into this weekend. D-man Nathan Chiarlitti is tied for first with Ryan Strome at +34 while Cameron Brace sits second at +29, followed by Chris Bigras in sixth at +25 and Daniel Catenacci in tenth at +20.
Friday, January 4th: Owen Sound @ Plymouth 7:05pm
The Attack will be looking for their third win of the season over the Whalers after winning both meetings in the friendly surroundings of the Bayshore. The Whalers will be without Stefan Noesen (suspension), Rickard Rakell (Sweded) and JT Miller (USA) for this match-up, but are coming off a big victory in Guelph on Wednesday night over the Storm. The return of Mitchell Heard from the AHL has provided the Whalers a bit of a boost. Heard scored 29 goals and 57 points in 57 games for the Whalers last season. Side note: if the playoffs began today, the Attack and Whalers would have a first round match-up.
Look Out For: Owen Sound fans seem to have a “thing” for Tom Wilson. Last time the two teams tangled in Owen Sound, the Attack faithful serenaded Wilson during his three trips to the penalty box, where he collected five minor penalties (2 double minors). Wilson may be a little harder to handle in his own rink and since being cut from Canada’s National Junior Team, he has scored in four straight games and six of his last eight. The Washington Capitals first rounder is averaging just over a point per game.
Last 10 Games: Attack (6-4-0-0) 2nd in MidWest, Whalers (3-4-2-1) 2nd in West
Saturday, January 5th: Owen Sound @ Saginaw 7:11pm
The Attack pulled it together for a shootout win the last time they travelled to Saginaw and will be looking for two points when they travel to the Dow this weekend as well. The Spirit will be without goaltender Jake Paterson (Canada) and Vincent Trocheck (USA) assuming Brandon Prophet will arrive back from U17’s. The Spirit hold down the 8th and final playoff spot in the West, one point up on the Windsor Spitfires. The Spirit take on the Knights Friday prior to their matchup with the Attack on Saturday. Heading into Friday nights game, the Spirit have lost six games in a row.
Look Out For: Garrett Ross is a prime overager and can do a little bit of everything. The Dearborn MI native can score or be a pest and the proof is in the pudding as he is well on his way to back to back 25 goal seasons and has picked up over 350 career penalty minutes
Both games can be heard live on 560 CFOS with Fred Wallace and Terry’s Trailer Service/Kia of Owen Sound Bear Radio.