May 23, 2011
Attack look for win minus star player
RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency
|Owen Sound Attack head coach Mark Reeds talks to his players during the third period of their round-robin Memorial Cup ice hockey game against the Kootenay Ice in Mississauga May 21, 2011. (REUTERS file photo)
MISSISSAUGA -- The Owen Sound Attack have a shot to remain the only unbeaten team at the Memorial Cup tournament.
But they’ll have to win without their best player.
Star centre Joey Hishon won’t play against the Quebec league champion Saint John Sea Dogs (1-0), who’ll get an automatic berth to Sunday’s Cup final if they defeat Owen Sound (1-0) Monday night.
“Joey Hishon is a very good player and that’s a blow for Owen Sound,” Saint John coach Gerard Gallant said.
The Colorado Avalanche first rounder took an elbow to the head from Kootenay captain Brayden McNabb late in Saturday’s 5-0 win over the Western league champion Ice. McNabb was suspended one game for the hit and sat out a 2-1 loss to the host Misssissauga St. Michael’s Majors on Sunday night.
“Other guys are going to have to step up,” Attack captain Garrett Wilson said. “We’re going to have to move past it. We’ve played without him before when he was suspended and hurt and managed to find ways to win.”
Hishon, a 19-year-old Stratford native, performed his baseline (concussion) test Monday morning and was ruled out of the lineup for at least one game.
He will be re-evaluated ahead of the Cup’s final round robin game between the OHL champion Attack and the Majors on Wednesday night.