Bears Focused Ahead of Rare Weekend Away from Bayshore
It’s not often the Owen Sound Attack are scheduled away from the Bayshore for an entire weekend, but a pair of games against West Division foes has them travelling south and across the boarder. It all begins Saturday night when the Bears visit Flint to battle the Firebirds, before coming back across the boarder for a Sunday night battle against the Spitfires in Windsor.
Saturday night’s game in Flint will mark both the first time the Attack return to the Dort Financial Centre and the first clash of the Bears and Firebirds of the season, since last years first round seven game playoff series. As standings currently sit the teams are set for a rematch of that series, with the exception of Owen Sound controlling home ice advantage. Flint began the year with hopes of trying for another deep playoff run, but have since performed a small sell-off, including the Attack acquiring former Firebirds defensemen James Petrovski, with Saturday marking his return to Flint and first game against the Firebirds since the trade. Flint is led offensively by Detroit Red Wings prospect Amadeus Lombardi who sits just inside the top 10 among the league leaders. The game has potential to be a barn burner, as the Firebirds sit third in the league for goals for, but also third for most goals against and the Attack have since found their offensive firepower, averaging just over five goals a game over their last four outings.
Owen Sound will then wrap their season series against the new look, Western Conference leading Windsor Spitfires Sunday night. To date this season the Attack have had success against the Spitfires, going 2-1 against the defending conference champions, but have not faced Windsor since before the Christmas break. Since that time the Spits have added some high end fire power, including Seattle Kraken prospect Shane Wright, the prized gem at this years trade deadline. The game will also be a clash between two of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, as the Spitfires are riding a 7-3-0-0 record in their last 10 games, while the Attack have a 7-2-1-0 record over their previous 10 game stretch.
Owen Sound will look to continue their play over the weekend, and prove that they are in the same tier as London and Windsor as a top Western Conference contender come playoff time.
Fans can follow the Bears on the weekend road trip by tuning into 560 CFOS Bear Radio. Saturday’s game in Flint will only be available to watch on the CHL TV app, while fans can catch Sunday night’s game on Rogers TV.
**A note to fans that the MacVicor and McComb Sutton Realty Attack Box Office will be closed this Thursday and Friday with the team going on the road for the weekend. Fans can still purchase tickets for upcoming Attack home games online, or wait to contact the Box Office on Monday, February 6th as it reopens for regular business hours from 8:30 am – 5 pm.