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Owen Sound down key players for tiebreaker

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 12:42 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

NHL.com

The Owen Sound Attack, already missing top scorer Joey Hishon, also will be without team captain Garrett Wilson for Thursday's tiebreaker game against the Kootenay Ice at the MasterCard Memorial Cup (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, Sportsnet, RDS).

Wilson, a 2009 fourth-round pick of the Florida Panthers, is suffering from concussion-like symptoms following a hard hit into the boards by Mississauga's Chris DeSousa during the first period of Wednesday's game. Attack GM Dale DeGray said Wilson will miss the remainder of the tournament.

"The Attack will once again exercise on the side of caution as it relates to the health of our players," DeGray said.  "We will continue to monitor the status of both Garrett and Joey Hishon as we look to move forward in this tournament."

Hishon, taken by the Colorado Avalanche with the 17th pick of the 2010 Entry Draft, hasn't played since Saturday, when he was hit in the head by Kootenay defenseman Brayden McNabb. Hishon tied for the Ontario Hockey League lead in playoff scoring with 24 points, while Wilson was tied for fourth with 21. They had combined for 77 goals and 173 points during the regular season.

"Those are two key players," said Attack coach Mark Reeds. "You look at the goals-for, points they bring, the leadership they bring -- that's really the biggest thing. You're missing two of the guys that set the tone for the team all year. That's the biggest thing.

"You're asking a bunch a bunch of 16-year-olds to try to make something happen for us. Put them up on the stage and see what they can do."

The winner of Thursday's game will face the Mississauga in Friday's semifinal.