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GAME PREVIEW; Feb. 18/17 – NIA @ SSM

Week 22 of Ontario Hockey League action caps off for the Soo Greyhounds this evening when their opponent makes their one-and-only appearance to the Essar Centre.

It’ll be the second and final meeting in the season series with the Niagara IceDogs.

For the Hounds this will be their third game of the week, and second in as many nights.  Thus far the locals have picked up a win (7-2 Wednesday vs Sudbury) and a loss (4-1 last night versus Kitchener).

Meanwhile Niagara had the off-day on Friday after dropping the opening of their week’s schedule, 4-1 at North Bay.
That loss dropped the IceDogs into 9th in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Niagara IceDogs (18-27-6-4, 46 points)
@ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (38-15-2-1, 79 points)

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HEAD-TO-HEAD
It’s been over two months since the Greyhounds and IceDogs last met at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharine’s.

Here’s how that visit to the southern Ontario played out for the Hounds;

W 7-4, Dec. 8 @ NIA
After trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Hounds opened up the game thanks to 4 goals in the second period (MIller, Timmins, Senyshyn, Frost) to lead 4-2 after forty minutes;  Niagara made it a one goal game with back-to-back goals to start the third before Frost (10:06), Senyshyn (10:36) and Senyshyn (13:17) scored to ensure the win;  It was a high shot affair with the Hounds outshooting Niagara 47-43
(Boxscore)

CLOSING IN ON 300
Greyhounds’ leading point producer BOBBY MACINTYRE is closing in on a career milestone.

The Whitby, ON product skates into tonight six (6) games shy of his 300th career regular season game played.

After debuting with the Mississauga Steelheads September 21, 2012 he would go on to play 181 games with that club and since has suited up for 113 games with the Greyhounds.

Bobby is on target to hit the milestone on Wednesday, March 8 when the Hounds host the Sarnia Sting.

WHEN SCORING TWO OR LESS
Last evening was one of those rare nights when the Greyhounds offense doesn’t hit stride.
Despite putting 39 shots on the Kitchener Rangers goal, the Hounds were kept to just a single goal.

When scoring 2 goals of less the Hounds are 0-12-0-0 this season.

ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR OWN
The 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League season mark’s the 10th Anniversary for the Niagara IceDogs.

Owned by the Burke Family, the IceDogs moved to Niagara in time for the 2007-08 season.

Prior to their relocation in Niagara the IceDogs were based in Mississauga.

DID YOU KNOW?
Last spring Niagara made run to OHL finals by beating Ottawa (5 games), Kingston (4 games), Barrie (4 games) before losing to London (4 games)

The OHL Championship has narrowly eluded them both in 2012 and 2016 while they have won pair of Eastern Conference crowns in past 5 years

TOP 3 IN SCORING
GREYHOUNDS
• Bobby MacIntyre (22-44-66);  6 GWG
• Boris Katchouk (26-24-50);  6 PPG;  6 SHG
• Conor Timmins (6-44-50);  +38

ICEDOGS
• Ryan Mantha (13-36-49);  256 SOG; 23 PP Pts
• Johnny Corneil (24-23-47);  3 GWG
• Ben Jones (11-28-39);  8 PP Pts

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OHL BOXSCORE
For all the stats throughout the game check out the OHL boxscore HERE.

RADIO/TV
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

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Photo by James Egan Photography 

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