If Brad Richardson and the rest of the Owen Sound Attack squint long enough they might be able to see the London Knights off in the distance.
But while the Knights trample through the Ontario Hockey League, the view isn't so bad from the Attack's vantage point either. With just one loss in its past 12 games, the Attack has quietly but efficiently put together a record of 16-7-2-1, good for 35 points and second place overall in the OHL.
"We're kind of hiding in (the Knights') shadow, but that's all right," said Richardson, who has 31 points in 26 games. "We're not doing too badly ourselves and if we keep doing good things we're going to keep rolling."
And rather than submit to the idea that the Knights, who play host to the Memorial Cup next May, will just run away with the OHL championship, Attack general manager Mike Futa is working at making his club better. The acquisition of 19-year-old defenceman Paul Bissonnette from the Saginaw Spirit on Monday not only brought leadership to the Attack blue line but also took a commodity off the market.
DONATI GOES HOME
The Oshawa Generals have lost their leading scorer, Tyler Donati, who has gone home to Oakville to await a trade.
"He and the coach (Bob McGill) have not been a good fit," Generals GM Brad Selwood said. "(Donati) has requested a move. He gave us three teams -- Mississauga, Guelph and Kitchener -- and Guelph has already said they are not interested. Whoever gets him is going to pay for him."
Donati has 26 points in 25 games. His twin brother, Justin, also plays for the Gens but has been out of the lineup with an injury.
Sarnia Sting forward Danny Fritsche, who stretched ligaments in his shoulder in his second game of the season on Saturday after recovering from shoulder surgery in September, will miss some games but shouldn't be out of the lineup for a long period, Sting GM Alan Millar said.