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Greyhounds shake rust after Christmas break (Sootoday.com)

Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)  |  Photos by Natalie Shaver

After nine days between games, it was natural that rust would be a factor early on for the Soo Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds returned to action after a break for Christmas on Wednesday night on the road and after a somewhat slow start, the Greyhounds beat the Flint Firebirds 5-0 in Ontario Hockey League action at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint.

The slow start wasn’t a surprise as the team got back into game action

“It was expected because we only really had one team practice and it was only an hour (following the break),” said Greyhounds Coach Drew Bannister. “Certainly, the first couple of periods were a little sloppy.

“In the third period, we had more jump and we started to move the puck a lot better,” Bannister added. “The positives were that we were really good in the defensive zone five-on-five. We didn’t give up a lot.”

Joseph Raaymakers picked up the shutout for the Greyhounds, making 14 saves in the process.

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“The guys kept the shots to the outside and our defensive zone was really good tonight,” Raaymakers said, noting that putting in extra work at practice helped shake off any rust from the break.

“He didn’t get a lot of work but he was tested at times,” Bannister said.

Jack Kopacka had two goals and an assist to pace the Greyhounds offensively while Zach Senyshyn also had a pair of goals. For Senyshyn, the veteran forward now has 10 goals in his last five games.

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