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GAME PREVIEW; Feb. 24/17 – SAR @ SSM

For one of the final times in the month of February, the Soo Greyhounds head into action TONIGHT (7:07 PM) kicking off a two game weekend.

It will be the first game of the week for both the Greyhounds and the Sarnia Sting.

On the home side, the Hounds head into action following a 8-1 victory last Saturday Night over the Niagara Ice Dogs, improving their record this month to six wins and three losses.

Sarnia meantime comes to town on a three-game losing streak after being narrowly edged most recently, 6-5 last Sunday at home against the Saginaw Spirit.
The Sting are 2-7-0-0 in February.

Sarnia Sting (26-25-5-1, 58 points)
@ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (39-15-2-1, 81 points)

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HEAD-TO-HEAD
They haven’t met in over a months time, but tonight the Greyhounds and Sting skate head-to-head for their fifth meeting of the season.

Here’s how the two teams have split there season series thus far;

L 3-7, Jan. 21 @ SAR
Hounds fell behind 3-0 in the first period of play;  Sarnia scored twice more in opening five minutes of second period before Tim Gettinger put Hounds on the board to trail 1-5 after two periods;  Teams traded off goals in the third period (Verbeek, Speers);  Hounds outshot Sarnia 35-34
(Boxscore)

W 8-1, Dec. 18 @ SSM
In their final game before the Christmas break, Colton White (2 of the year) gave the Hounds a 1-0 lead after the first period before they exploded for six goals in the second period to lead 7-1 (goals by Katchouk x 2, Kopacka, Hawel, MacIntyre and Gettinger);  Hounds outshot SAR 45-30
(Boxscore)

L 2-5, Nov 4 @ SAR
Hounds led 2-1 after the first period by goals by Bobby MacIntyre and Morgan Frost before Sarnia would score once in the second and three times in the third, five unanswered in total in win;  Hounds outshot Sarnia largely, 37-18
(Boxscore)

OTW 4-3 Oct 2 @ SAR
Scoreless first period;  Hayden Verbeek  opened the scoring before teams were tied heading into the third period;  Sarnia took the lead on goals by Salinitri, Lajeunesse;  Hounds battled from two deficits thanks to Miller and Gettinger (with goalie pulled);  Makinen scored his 1st career OHL goal 0;47 into overtime on the PP;  Hounds outshot Sarnia 39-20
(Boxscore)

SEASON HIGH SHOTS AND GOALS
In two of their last three games the Greyhounds fired 50+ shots on the opposition while netting 7 or more goals.

It was back on February 15th where the Hounds directed a season-high 54 shots on Sudbury and then that Saturday Night the locals nearly matched that total with 53 shots against Niagara.
The results were 7-2 and 8-1 wins respectively.

With 57 games played so far this season, the Greyhounds have scored seven or more goals on 9 separate occasions.

CAREER SEASON FOR GETTINGER
Last Saturday night, Tim Gettinger recorded his second career hat trick, and second of the season.

Thanks to the trio of goals the North Olmsted, OH product improved his point totals this year to 26 goals and 17 assists, good for 43 points.

That has him 4 points ahead of his point totals from one year ago.

CALVAS COMES BACK
Originally drafted by the Greyhounds in the 14th Round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, Theo Calvas was traded to the Sting back on January 10th.
Tonight mark’s his first return back to Sault Ste. Marie and the Essar Centre.

To-date the Bloomfield Hills MI product has suited for the Sting in 13 games while grabbing 1 goal and 2 assists.

SUSPENDED WHILE IN THE SOO
Sting Captain Kevin Spinozzi will sit out tonight’s game against the Greyhounds.

The overage defenceman will serve the 10th and final game of his OHL imposed suspension.
It was back on January 29th that the fifth year veteran received a five minute major for Check to the Head and a game misconduct.

He is eligible to return tomorrow when the Sting visit Flint tomorrow night.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WEST
The two teams meeting tonight are in different battles in Western Conference.

At the top of the 10-team conference, the Greyhounds continue to hold a slight advantage over the Windsor Spitfires.

While the 8th and final playoff position is occupied by the Sting, with the Saginaw Spirit hot on their heels to advance to the post-season dance.

To see the most recent conference standings CLICK HERE.

TOP 3 IN SCORING
GREYHOUNDS
• Bobby MacIntyre (22-45-67);  15 PP Pts
• Zach Senyshyn (36-15-51);  211 SOG;  8 GWG
• Boris Katchouk (26-24-50);  4 GWG

STING
• Jordan Kyrou (27-52-79);  181 SOG;  25 PP Pts
• Drake Rymsha (24-25-49);  5 GWG;  9-11-20 in 17 GP with SAR
• Anthony Salinitri (20-25-45);  9 PP Pts;  3 SHG

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

TICKETS
Great seats are available by visiting the Essar Centre Box Office (starting at 10 AM), online at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422

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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