McNiven-regBy Tracey Richardson

The Owen Sound Attack's Michael McNiven stood tall in net Saturday, backstopping his tired team to a 3-0 win – McNiven's first Ontario Hockey League shutout.

It was the third game in three nights for the Attack, and the only win in the trio of games. The Attack lost in Windsor 4-2 Thursday, then lost a 3-2 shootout in Plymouth Friday.

It was all Windsor in the first period Saturday, before the Attack woke up in the second period. Chris Bigras walked in from the blueline during a four-on-four and scored a neat backhander. In the third, Attack goals were scored by Damir Sharipzyanov and Zach Nastasiuk less than a minute apart to seal the victory. Nastaskiuk also scored twice in Thursday's game against the Spitfires.

attack-wind-regThe Owen Sound Attack are set for a full weekend of hockey when they kick off a three in three on Thursday in Windsor.

The Attack will travel south to take on the Spitfires at 7:05pm on Thursday evening before heading stateside for a match up against the Plymouth Whalers at 7:30pm on Friday night.Owen Sound concludes the weekend with a rematch against the Spits on Saturday at the Bayshore, with puck drop also set for 7:30pm.

Entering the weekend, the Attack are currently sitting in 2nd in the Midwest Division with a 8-3-1-3 record that leaves them with 20 points through 15 games. Erie leads the division, and the Western Conference, with a 13-0-0-1 record. The rest of the Division is tightly bunched with just three points separating the 2nd place Attack from the 5th place Guelph Storm.

attack-regThe Owen Sound Attack is announcing that overage goaltender Brandon Hope has been traded to the Niagara Ice Dogs in exchange for a 4th Round Draft Choice (2017) and a 7th Round Draft Choice (2015) in the Ontario Hockey League State Farm Priority Selection.

Acquired from the Sarnia Sting prior to the 2012/2013 season, Hope played in 80 games over parts of three seasons, gathering a 42-25-3-3 record to go along with a 2.78 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

"We're confident moving forward with Jack and Michael as our goaltenders and as an overage goaltender in this league, Brandon deserves to play on a regular basis.", said General Manager Dale DeGray. "While a member of the Attack, Brandon did everything asked of him and was a model citizen. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his hockey career in Niagara."

palmu-fegThe Owen Sound Attack has named Import forward Petrus Palmu the Becker Shoes Player of the Week for the Week ending Sunday, November 2nd. Because the Attack had only one game this past week, the previous weeks three games are also included.

In four games, Palmu collected a goal and three assists against wins over Barrie, Kitchener and Guelph last weekend. The Attack defeated the Colts 6-1 with their next three games being decided via shootouts. Petrus scored goals in all three shootouts, with the Attack picking up wins in the first two contests over Kitchener and Guelph before dropping the third game to Kitchener at home last Saturday.




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