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The Unofficial OHL Championship


By Fred Wallace


Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

The Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre certainly is an active venue these days.

The 2018 Canadian Juvenile Broomball Championship wrapped on Saturday- we'll talk more about the Broomball Championship tomorrow.

And tonight & Wednesday, the Ontario Hockey League Western Conference Semifinal series between the Owen Sound Attack & Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds continues- the best of 7 currently squared at 1 win apiece.

Is it unfair, is it unkind and is it inaccurate to suggest that when you're watching the Attack & Greyhounds you're watching the unofficial OHL Championship ?

I obviously have a bias here, but I also have a working knowledge of the other 3 series on the go.

I watched games 1 & 3 of the Barrie-Kingston series, and I thought they were sloppy.
I watched games 1 & 2 of the Hamilton-Niagara series, I thought, based non penalties and offsides, it was plodding.
And I watched the end of Sarnia-Kitchener Game 1 and most of Game 2 last night and......

By comparison, the Attack-Soo set is played at a rapid pace.

Watching Games 1 & 2 while listening to Mark McKelvie on Bearadio, it was amazing how quick the transitions were both ways.

The TV, delayed by about 7 seconds, would show one team on the move up ice, while Mark on the radio, in real time, would be describing the OTHER team putting the pressure on.

I might be stretching, but there is some merit to suggesting that tonight's Game 3 in Owen Sound between the Attack & Greyhounds is in fact, a key game in the unofficial OHL Championship.

I'm Fred Wallace


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