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Greyhounds struggle to score, drop decision to Petes

Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)  |  Photo by soogreyhounds.com

An inability to capitalize on scoring chances became an issue for the Soo Greyhounds early in the young Ontario Hockey League regular season.

In an opening period that saw the team put 15 shots on goal and have a lengthy 5-on-3 power play, the Greyhounds couldn’t find the back of the net and would eventually drop a 5-2 decision to the Peterborough Petes on Thursday night in the opening game of a three-game road trip.

The teams would trade goals in the second period before Peterborough would score four times in the final 20 minutes en route to the win.

It was a game that the Greyhounds felt they had plenty of quality scoring chances, but couldn’t convert.

“We had a lot of chances and I think the game would have been different if we would have scored on our chances in the first period,” said Greyhounds Coach John Dean. “We have to capitalize on our chances to score. We had a lot of chances to score in the first period.”

“When you have a young team, what happens is, if you don’t score in the first period, you’re not going against the game plan, but you start to cheat a little bit,” Dean added. “Those little cheats add up and the momentum starts to change, and Peterborough capitalized.”

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