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Sure, Bobby Ryan would have rather been with Team USA at the World Junior Championships in Sweden during the Holiday season. But, shockingly, Ryan was left off the team despite his immense credentials.

Yet, instead of pouting, Ryan got back to business at hand, which is to lead the Owen Sound Attack in OHL play. And, he did that in convincing style, netting three goals, five assists and a plus-4 rating to earn OHL Player of the Week honors for the week ending Dec. 31.

Ryan, a classic power forward, was the second-overall choice in the 2005 Entry Draft, selected by Anaheim. In Friday's game, Ryan had a goal and three assists as Owen Sound defeated Sudbury, 6-1. The next night, he had two goals and two assists to help the Attack tame the Battalion.

Ryan currently sits seventh in the OHL scoring race with 61 points in 37 games. He is also just 12 points away from surpassing Andrew Brunette -- now with the Colorado Avalanche -- to become the top scorer in franchise history for the Guelph Plater - Owen Sound Plater - Owen Sound Attack franchise, which was the Guelph Platers and Owen Sound Platers before its present incarnation.
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The entire OHL, and especially the Sudbury Wolves organization, were saddened last week by the loss of former Wolves' player Mike Savage. He passed away at the age of 42. Mike, the older brother of former NHLer Brian Savage, played for the Wolves from 1980 to 1984 and registered 25 points and 111 penalty minutes in 98 games. Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets, Mike served as an assistant coach of the Wolves during the 1996-97 season. A moment of silence was held in Mike Savage's memory during Friday's home game.
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Struggling Brampton this week traded over-age American right winger Matt Auffrey to the Kingston Frontenacs for a third-round pick in the Ontario Hockey League's 2008 Priority Selection. Auffrey is property of the Anaheim Ducks.
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Tyler Donati collected six assists to lead Belleville to a 6-3 win against Erie Saturday night.
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Oshawa acquired 20-year-old free agent goaltender Loic Lacasse earlier this week. Lacasse is a sixth-round pick of Montreal back in 2004 and is under contract with the Canadiens. He has already played three seasons in the QMJHL. The Generals will continue to carry goalies Mark Packwood and Anthony Peters. Sarnia re-signed former player Nick Tuzzolino, who was traded to the Sudbury Wolves at last season's trade deadline. He was released by Sudbury this week, making him a free agent. St. Mike's forward Kaspars Daugavins and defenseman Kriss Grundmanis recently competed for Latvia in the 2007 IIHF Div. 1 World Under-20 Championship (Group A) in Denmark. Daugavins tied for the tournament lead in scoring with 10 points in five games. Grundmanis produced the third-highest point total for defensemen with three points in five games.
 
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