How good is the Batchewana Attack of the Canadian International Hockey League?
Just ask the Detroit Fighting Irish of the Midwest Jr. Hockey League.
In front of 100-plus fans at Rankin Arena on an Arctic-like Sunday afternoon, Batchewana scored early and often en route to a 13-1 win over a Detroit team that has the second-best winning percentage in the seven-team MWJHL this season.
To be sure, the Fighting Irish was playing its third road game in as many days, having faced the Espanola Rivermen of the CIHL on Friday before a regular-season MWJHL match against the Soo Firehawks on Saturday.
But simply put, the Attack skated circles around the Fighting Irish on Sunday and if not for Detroit goalie George Hill, the score could have been even higher.
Hill made 54 saves, several of which were spectacular, before wilting under a relentless Attack which produced seven third-period goals.
“I have never seen so much puck movement in the zone before,” Hill relayed to me after the game.
Jacob Palmerio and Drake Pilon led the Attack with three goals apiece.
The exhibition game between the two teams from different junior leagues is seen as a possible prelude to a full interlocking schedule in 2015-2016.