By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
It was a busy weekend for the Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League as they hosted & swept the Erie Otters in the annual doubleheader at the JD McArthur Arena.
Owen Sound goes to Erie in early January for the return doubleheader.
As busy as it was for the Attack, it was, and will be, slightly busier for Markus Phillips.
Phillips, along with Brady Lyle & Nick Suzuki, represented the OHL on Thursday night at the CIBC Canada-Russia game in Sarnia; a 3-1 victory for the OHL, then they came back to Owen Sound for the weekend games against Erie.
Tonight, Phillips is right back at it as he's scheduled to play for the OHL Stars again when they meet the Russians, this time in Oshawa.
Of course playing numerous games in rapid succession should be nothing new for Phillips, or anyone with the Attack, as illustrated over the past few weekends.
On the last weekend of October, Owen Sound visited Mississauga and then came home for contests against Peterborough & Windsor.
It should be noted that by the Sunday game the Attack apparently had nothing left and lost convincingly on home ice to the Spitfires- not taking anything away from Windsor but......
The following weekend, Owen Sound went TO Oshawa, came HOME to face division rival London, and then, pong-ponged down to Hamilton for a Sunday afternoon contest.
The Bulldogs snapped a 5 game losing streak that afternoon by beating Owen Sound- want to take a guess at one of the factors ?
There's another sling-shot tour of Ontario January 18-20th and the oddsmakers would be wise to wager on the Kitchener Rangers at home against the Attack on the tail-end of that weekend.
Plus, looking further ahead, the end of February and first week of March presents a sequence of road games that seemingly never ends.
I'm not saying this is a Championship season for Owen Sound, but if the Attack are serious about competing, they have to be more serious about their schedule.
I'm Fred Wallace