(Photo Via: GoErie.com/Jack Hanrahan)
ERIE – The Owen Sound Attack will head into the Erie Insurance Arena to take on the Otters on Thursday night.
The Attack come into the game after losing 4-0 to the Barrie Colts on Sunday afternoon. That loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Attack, which started back on February 14th when they beat the London Knights 4-2. They would also beat Niagara, Ottawa, Hamilton Guelph, and Peterborough over that stretch. Owen Sound currently sits in fourth in the OHL Western conference standings, a single point up on London, who they will most likely meet in the first round of the playoffs. The points in the last nine games for the Attack will be paramount in securing home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
Erie comes into the matchup in a much different situation. The Otters are all but eliminated from playoff contention as they trail 8th place Guelph, and 7th place Windsor, by 11 points with just 8 games left, Windsor and Guelph both have a game in hand. The Otters lost to the Windsor Spitfires 7-3 on Sunday afternoon, ending their own four game winning streak. Prior to that game against Windsor, the Otters had won 5 of their last 6 games, securing points in each of those contests.
These teams have met five separate times this season, with the Attack holding a 3-2-0 advantage over the Otters. The last time these two teams met was back on January 21st when the Attack won 4-1 at home. They did meet the night before as well (January 20th), the Attack also won that contest, but it was by a wider margin, 8-1 was the final. The team who has hosted has had the advantage this season, Erie’s two wins in the season series were on back to back nights (October 21s and 22nd) when they won by scores of 6-4 (21st) and 4-3 (22nd) respectively. Owen Sound won the first matchup of the season, 5-2 in a home victory on October 11th. Over the past five seasons when these two teams have played at the Erie Insurance Arena, the Otters are 11-0-3.
The last time Owen Sound won in regulation, in Erie was Saturday November 3rd, 2012, in a 6-1 victory. Owen Sound scored four goals in 3:04 in the early part of the 3rd period to secure the victory. The lone goal scorer for Erie was Connor Brown (Toronto Maple Leafs). Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) was held without a point that night, 1 of 18 games that season he didn’t record a point. McDavid had 66 points (25 G 41 A) in 63 games played that season (2012-2013).
Erie has recently enjoyed some on ice success, and embraced their rolls as spoilers. They will look to continue that on Thursday night.
Erie – 60 Games Played, 20-30-10, 189 Goals For, 230 Goals Allowed, 5-4-1 in last 10 games
Owen Sound – 59 Games Played, 31-21-7, 236 Goals For, 217 Goals Allowed, 8-2-0 in last 10 games