* denotes starters
Scratches: G Oscar Dansk (World Juniors – Sweden), D Adam Pelech (WJC – Canada), RW Andre Burakovsky (WJC – Sweden), C Connor McDavid (WJC – Canada), C Dylan Strome (World Under-17s), LW Travis Wood (healthy)
OWEN SOUND ATTACK
Scratches: RW Jaden Lindo, D Chris Bigras (World Juniors – Canada), LW Kyle Hope (suspension)
Referees: Joe Celestin, Korey Bannerman; Linesmen: Mike Harrington, Adam Harris
Owen Sound Attack (19-13-3-3) at Erie Otters (30-7-1-0)
When: Today and Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Erie Insurance Arena
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Barrie (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.), at Owen Sound (Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.)
What to watch: The Otters snapped a season-high, three-game losing streak with a 4-0 home win against Kitchener on New Year’s Eve. … The Otters put their franchise-best, 19-game home winning streak on the line in this two-game series against the Midwest Division rival Attack. The Otters can equal the second-longest home streak in OHL history with a win tonight (St. Catharines Fincups, 20 in a row in the 1976-77 season), and then move into the No. 2 spot with a win Saturday. The record is 33 straight games set by Sault Ste. Marie in the 1984-85 season. … The Otters will play their final two games without G Oscar Dansk, D Adam Pelech and Fs Andre Burakovsky, Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, who remain at international tournaments. … The Otters beat Owen Sound 3-2 in Erie on Oct. 9, one of six one-goal home wins this season. … RW Connor Brown (24 goals, 49 assists, 73 points) joins linemate Dane Fox (42-27-69) in having a strong chance to break the franchise record for points (Cory Pecker 99 in 2001-02). Brown also is on pace to break Zack Torquato‘s record of 62 assists in the 2009-10 season. … Head coach Kris Knoblauch said rookie D Cole Mayo, who made his OHL debut last Saturday, could play this weekend before rejoining his Tier II club. D Jesse Saban isn’t expected to play. C Trent Fox, another 2013 draft pick and Dane Fox’s younger brother, can’t play because he hasn’t signed with the club. … The Attack are sixth in the Western Conference. … C Gemel Smith, a Dallas Stars prospect, leads the way with 25 goals and 44 points. … Brandon Hope leads the Attack in goal with an 18-8-2-1 record, 2.97 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout.
- Victor Fernandes