Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com) | Photo by James Egan Photography
It was a meeting of two nationally-ranked teams and for the Soo Greyhounds, it went about as well as the team could have hoped for.
Leading 3-2 midway through the second period, the Greyhounds reeled off five unanswered goals to beat the Kitchener Rangers 8-2 in Ontario Hockey League action Friday night at the Essar Centre.
Heading into the contest, Greyhounds Coach Drew Bannister said the game “was going to be won or lost for us by limiting turnovers and minimizing time and space.”
“When you do that with the speed that we have that can create turnovers and our transition game, we were able to exploit them a little bit,” Bannister added.
The Greyhounds line of Joe Carroll, Tim Gettinger and Hayden Verbeek finished the night with a combined seven points. Carroll led the way with two goals, the first of his OHL career, and an assist while Gettinger added one of each. Verbeek assisted on a pair of goals.
“Verbeek probably played his best game in the last two weeks, Timmy Gettinger was great and for a young 16-year-old (Carroll) in some tough matchups against older guys, he played outstanding tonight,” Bannister said of the trio.
Boris Katchouk led the way offensively for the Greyhounds with two goals and two assists. Ryan Roth added two goals and an assist while Morgan Frost had a goal and three assists. Defenceman Conor Timmins assisted on three goals and Mac Hollowell added a pair of helpers for the Greyhounds.
Goaltender Matthew Villalta made 19 saves.
As the team improve to 19-3-2-0 and in top spot in the OHL’s West Division, Bannister has some heavy praise for his team Friday night.
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