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Too Early For A BIG Game ?


By Fred Wallace


It's waaaay too early in the Ontario Hockey League season to be talking about a crucial game.

But, while not crucial, the Owen Sound Attack game tonight against the Sarnia Sting does carry significance, for both teams.

The Attack, who I believed, and still believe, are on the upswing, have started the season 0 & 2.

A miserable season opening pounding at Barrie and a 1 goal loss at home to Saginaw have put Owen Sound behind everyone in the Western Conference.

The West is, and has been for this decade, a true battleground, and of the 10 teams in the Conference, only Owen Sound is pointless.

It is curious that a team I expected to score goals, has just 3 in 2 games.

It's curious that a team with above average talent available on the power play has scorede 1 power play goal and given up 2 to the shorthanded opposition.

There are other curiosities, but the game is only a few hours away, a game against Sarnia, an organization whose scouts suggested the plotting is already underway for a high pick, if not the first pick, in the 2010 Priority Selection.

But Sarnia has 1 more point than Owen Sound, making tonight's game at the Bayshore, maybe not crucial, but fairly significant for this early in the season.

I'm Fred Wallace

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