GAME PREVIEW; Jan. 21/17 – SSM @ SAR

For the first time in over a month, the Greyhounds face-off against the Sarnia Sting in a West Division match-up.

Last time the two teams met it was the final game before the Christmas break for the two teams and the Hounds posted a decisive 8-1 victory over the Sting in Sault Ste. Marie.

Today is the final visit of the regular season to the Progressive Auto Sales Arena (Sarnia, ON) for the Hounds.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (32-10-2-1, 67 points) @ Sarnia Sting (21-18-5-1, 48 points)

ZACH SENYSHYN’s second period goal on Friday Night was the 100th of his OHL career.

Now in his 3rd season with the Hounds, the Ottawa ON product has 100 goals and 52 assists (152 points) in 172 games played.

He has scored 19 of his 28 goals this season since December 1st.

In front of family and friends, JACK KOPACKA (Metamora, MI) recorded his 2nd hat trick of the season in Friday’s win for the Hounds along with being named the game’s Red Star First Star.

He previously recorded his first hat trick back on December 11, 2016 @ Hamilton.

Tonight is the 4th of six meetings this year between the Hounds and Sting.  The Hounds hold a 2-games-to-1 advantage in the season series.

Here’s how their head-to-head match-ups have went so far this season;

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

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

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 goal deficit 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

The Sting were involved in three deals leading into the OHL’s January 10th trade deadline.

New to the club since the last time the two West Division rivals met are former Greyhound Theo Calvas and Drake Rymsha (from Ottawa).

Calvas made his Sting debut last night versus Erie while Rhymsha is averaging just shy of a point-per-game with 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games played.

Similarly to the Greyhounds, the Sarnia Sting had four players included in the NHL Central Scoutings Midterm Rankings for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Skaters Adam Ruzicka (27), Ryan McGregor (79), Nicholas Grima (209) and netminder Aidan Hughes (28) were among those included for North American players.

• Bobby MacIntyre (18-40-57);  5GWG
• Zach Senyshyn (28-12-40);  7 FG
• Morgan Frost (13-26-39);  16 PP Pts

• Jordan Kyrou (17-38-55);  13 PP Pts
• Anthony Salinitri (17-20-37);  7FG
• Drake Rymsha (17-16-33);  4GWG

The Rock 101 pre-game show with Gerry Liscumb Jr. begins starting at 3:00 PM.  You can hear the action by tuning your FM dial to 101.3 or listen online HERE.

Fans can also join the nationally-televised audience starting at 3 PM on Sportsnet.

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

15591098_1180648468685844_6179611695622636_oPhoto by James Egan Photography

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