For the second straight week, the Soo Greyhounds remain on home ice as part of #TheHOMESTAND.
It’s Game 4 of 8 consecutive inside the Essar Centre this month.
Tonight’s opponent is one that has provided its issues so far this season for the Hounds.
And after the two teams split last year’s season series, it’s the Wolves who hold the advantage in the head-to-head season series.
The Hounds are coming off a 5-3 setback on Saturday versus Flint while Sudbury picked up a road win by posting seven goals on Sunday afternoon in the Nation’s Captial.
Sudbury Wolves (22-24-6-0, 50 points)
@ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (37-14-2-1, 77 points)
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The Bell Challenge Cup features six games each season between the Greyhounds and Wolves.
Tonight the Hounds take a 1-2-1-0 record into action against Sudbury.
Offensively speaking Blake Speers (2g, 2a) and Boris Katchouk (1g, 3a) lead the Greyhounds against the Wolves this season with 4 points respectively.
Meanwhile Dmitry Sokolov has notched 10 points (8g, 2a) this year against the Hounds.
Here’s a look at their season series thus far:
L 2-5, Feb. 4 @ SBY
After scoring the first periods only two goals, Sudbury extended their lead to 3-0 just 1:49 into the second period (goals by Pilon, Carson, Dunda); Blake Speers (7) and Jack Kopacka (18) pulled the Greyhounds within a goal by replying in the second half of the second period; Dmitry Sokolov put Sudbury ahead by two before Dunda’s empty netter with 2:10 to play in a 5-2 final; Both teams were 0-for-5 on the power play.
OTW 5-4, Jan 11 @ SBY
Sudbury erased a scoreless first period with a goal with 12 seconds left by Dmitry Sokolov; Hounds then took a 3-1 lead after two periods by goals by Gettinger, Speers, Katchouk; After Jack Kopacka’s third period shorthanded goal (4-1), Sudbury scored three goals in a span of four minutes and 31 seconds to send the game to overtime; David Miller scored the game winner for the Hounds
OTL 3-4, Dec. 14 @ SSM
Tim Gettinger opened the scoring midway through the first period before Sudbury scored three unanswered to end the first period; Gettinger and MacIntyre tied it in the second before a scoreless third period; Just 19 seconds into OT Dmitry Sokolov ended the game; Hounds held SBY to 23 shots
L 2-6, Oct 19 @ SSM
Sudbury scored first goal of the game and would outscore the Hounds 3-1 in first and 3-0 in second to lead 6-1 through forty minutes; Dmitry Sokolov recorded the hat trick Hounds had outshot SBY 42-28 while both teams scored once on PP
Zach Senyshyn enter’s tonights game with goals in four consecutive games (5g, 4gp). He is amidst his longest consecutive goal scoring streak this season.
The Ottawa, ON product now has 33 goals on the season.
PART OF THE POST-SEASON DANCE
Three Western Conference clubs are the first in the OHL to clinch a spot in the 2017 Playoffs, including the Greyhounds.
The locals are joined by the Erie Otters and London Knights to mathematically ensure their participation in the post-season dance.
Sudbury meantime is amidst a battle in the Eastern Conference to determine positioning and who will be in, and out, come mid-March.
The Wolves, IceDogs, 67’s and Battalion are separated by 8 points in the 6th through 9th positions.
FOUR OR MORE = SUCCESS
The offensive numbers say it all for the Soo Greyhounds through 54 games this season
When scoring 4 or more goals, the Hounds are unbeaten in regulation while compiling a near-perfect record of 32-0-0-1.
When their offense has been held to three goals or less, they are 5-14-2-0.
TOP 3 IN SCORING
• Bobby MacIntyre (21-44-65); 15 PP Pts
• Boris Katchouk (26-23-49); 6 SHG
• Zach Senyshyn (33-13-46); 8 GWG, 196 SOG
• Dmitry Sokolov (38-20-58); 6 GWG
• David Levin (18-27-45); 14 PP Pts
• Ryan Valentini (15-28-43); 14 PP Pts
DID YOU KNOW? (courtesy of Dave Harrison – Wolves Historian)
The ONE and ONLY time these two teams met in the playoffs was back in the 1975-76 best-of-seven Quarter-Final series.
Sudbury won the series nine points to five.
For all the stats throughout the game check out the OHL boxscore HERE.
The Rock 101 pre-game show with Gerry Liscumb Jr. begins starting at 6:37 PM. You can hear the action by tuning your FM dial to 101.3 or listen online HERE.
ShawTV will air the game starting at 7 PM.
MUIO’S PREDICTOR CHALLENGE
Don’t forget to take part in tonight’s “Muio’s Predictor Challenge”.
Tweet us who you predict to score the Hounds first goal for a chance to win a $10 Muio’s Restaurant gift card. #muios
Photo by James Egan Photography