GAME PREVIEW; Jan. 18/17 – FL @ SSM
Seventy-two hours after a thrilling overtime win over the London Knights, the Soo Greyhounds conclude their 3-game home stand tonight with a West Division contest.
Flint Firebirds (20-18-1-3, 44 points) @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (31-10-2-0, 64 points)
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It’s the 4th game in the six game season series with the Firebirds. To-date the Hounds have a pair of regulation victories along with an overtime loss against their I-75 rival.
W 5-0 Dec. 28 @ FL
Hounds outshot Flint 10-4 in the first period and had a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by Zach Senyshyn; After increasing their lead in the second, Kopacka, Senyshyn and Hayton finished off the offense in the shutout victory; Hounds held Flint to just 14 shots
W 5-3 Nov. 5 @ FL
Flint scored first before the Hounds built a 4-1 lead after first period thanks to goals by Senyshyn, Frost, Martin & Verbeek; Hounds outshot Flint 38-33
OTL Oct. 21 @ SSM
Hounds battled back from three separate deficits before Mathieu Henderson scored OT winner with 18 seconds left; Frost, MacIntyre, Verbeek had SSM goals; Hounds allowed 37SA
The two teams will meet again this Friday, January 20 @ Flint (7 PM) before concluding their series on Saturday, February 11 (7:07 PM) back here at the Essar Centre.
Along with moving into 2nd in team scoring, Zach Senyshyn has been quite a tear since the beginning of December.
The Ottawa, ON product has 18 goals and 2 assists (20 points) in 13 games.
He has recorded four hat tricks and five multi-goal games during that span.
WHO’S NEW FOR FLINT?
GM George Burnett made a pair of deals acquiring wingers heading into the Jan. 10 deadline.
19-year old Maurizio Colella joined his 4th OHL club after being acquired on January 6th for a 5th Round Pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection while former 2nd Round pick C.J. Clarke was nabbed for a 2nd and 3rd Round pick in 2018.
Both are averaging near or, a point per game, for the Firebirds since being acquired.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Soo Greyhounds are unbeaten in regulation when scoring three-or-more goals this season.
Along with holding the second most (176) goals of all OHL clubs, the Hounds are 31-0-2-0 when putting at least three goals on the scoreboard. That accounts for all of the team’s wins.
In comparison, when scoring two goals or less, the Soo is 0-10-0-0.
CAREER-YEAR FOR KOLE
After first debuting with the London Knights one year ago, New Albany OH product Kole Sherwood is having a banner season in Flint.
The 6.01, 204 lb winger has 50 points in 38 games for the Firebirds.
No game bigger than January 10th when Sherwood recorded his first-career OHL hat trick before ending the night with 5 goals and 2 assists in a 11-2 victory @ Saginaw.
Most recently Sherwood was named CHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 15 after scoring seven goals and four assists for 11 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-7
TOP OFFENSIVE TRIO
• Bobby MacIntyre (18-37-55); 5GWG; 3SHG
• Zach Senyshyn (27-11-38); 7 First goals of game; 157 SOG
• Morgan Frost (13-25-38); 16 PP Pts
• Ryan Moore (22-33-55); 3SHG
• Kole Sherwood (22-28-50); 167SOG; 3GWG
(scored first period hat trick and 5-goal game last week @SAG)
• Nicholas Caamano (18-23-41); 8 PP Pts
GREAT SEATS STILL AVAILABLE
Great seats are still available by stopping by the Essar Centre Box Office (open at 10 AM) or by ordering online at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.
Questions regarding any ticket issue can be directed to the Hounds Manager, Ticket Sales Matt Rodell by phone at 705-574-0090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t make it to the game? Fans can tune into all the action on the local airwaves.
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.
This game is not televised.
For all the stats throughout the game check out the OHL boxscore HERE.
October 21st action between the Hounds and Firebirds in SSM
(Photo by James Egan Photography)