By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
We go to Game 3 tonight in the Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Quarterfinal between the Owen Sound Attack and London Knights.
After the opening two games at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre, there's been precious little difference between the two teams as the scores attest, the Attack holding on home ice with a 5-4 win and a 4-3 overtime verdict.
There are differences though, certainly exemplified by London in Game 2.
First, Alex Formenton has been a dynamo. He may not win the Hanley Award as the Most Sportsmanlike Player, but I doubt London, or the Ottawa Senators who hold his NHL rights care one iota. Five goals in 2 games, 2 ROAD playoff games.....that's impressive.
Equally impressive, London's netminder Joseph Raaymakers who has faced 90 shots overall in the series and nearly stole Game 2.
A hot goalie can win a series, I know that, but can Joseph Raaymakers do so while under siege most of the night ?
And keep in mind, this is the same Joseph Raaymakers who was very good last year for the Sault Greyhounds in the playoffs, and if memory serves me, Owen Sound found a way to eliminate Raaymakers and the Soo.
I might be reaching here, but depth may have given the Attack a 2 game lead and might be the key moving forward.
Formenton has 5 of London's 7 goals in the series.
For Owen Sound, Alan Lyszczarczyk & Brett McKenzie have arisen to score 5 times combined in the opening two games without frontline minutes\, so Owen Sound might have more offensive punch still ahead.
So now, it's time to choose your cliche and scenario in this series.
- You're never in trouble until you lose on home ice...and the Knights are at home for the first time in the series tonight.
- The Attack have won 2 games and therefore are half way there OR half way to nowhere..... that is until you win 4, you win nothing.
- or down 2 games to none, London is faced with the task of winning 4 of the next 5 games against a team that's won 3 straight against them including the regular season finale.
Enjoy the series. Game 3 tonight in London.
I'm Fred Wallace