Story and photo by soogreyhounds.com | Post-game audio provided by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)
For the second time in less than a week, the Soo Greyhounds held a 2-0 lead over the Windsor Spitfires. This time, on the road, the Hounds would go un-phased by a third period tally against and held on to start their roadtrip in winning fashion.
“I think the difference between last Friday and tonight, when we were up we just continued to do what made us successful for the first two periods” began Hounds Head Coach Drew Bannister.
“Even when they scored that late one on the powerplay and made it 2-1 we kept coming and coming and didn’t panic or change the way we played. The kids got rewarded and it’s good to see that” he added.
The Greyhounds would open the scoring for the third consecutive game.
Twenty-seven seconds into a first period powerplay (6:29) BOBBY MACINTYRE buried a feed to the circle to Michael DiPietro’s left to put the Hounds ahead 1-0.
DAVID MILLER and OTTO MAKINEN picked up the assists.
And while TIM GETTINGER and BORIS KATCHOUK enjoyed chances after getting behind the Windsor defence, the Hounds would also kill off a four minute penalty kill late in the period to head into the dressing room with the one goal lead.
Offensive zone pressure saw the Hounds put pressure on a sequence five minutes into the second but it wouldn’t be until the second half of the period where they would rewarded.
Shortly after a draw in the Spitfire zone, BARRETT HAYTON redirected a GUSTAV BOURAMMAN shot past DiPietro for his 1st-career OHL goal, and a 2-0 Greyhound lead.
Netminder JOSEPH RAAYMAKERS, making his return from New York Rangers camp, was the busiest in the second period stopping all fifteen shots he faced.
“Joseph was real good. He made the saves that we needed him to make. I thought we were real good in front of him, especially 5-on-5 in the D-zone we were excellent. When it was made 2-1 we didn’t panic, stayed with our structure and it paid off at the end” commented Bannister.
And early, extended 5-on-3 for the Hounds (1:27) would pass before the Spitfires got on the board on a powerplay of their own.
Cole Purboo backhanded home Windsor’s first goal while all alone in front, to cut the Greyhounds lead to 2-1 at 6:49.
Then late in the third, while shorthanded, the Hounds BORIS KATCHOUK picked off the puck in his own zone before breaking out and setting up DAVID MILLER for the shorthanded, empty net goal to provide the insurance in a 3-1 victory for the Hounds.
“They’re a real aggressive team and they take away time and space. I thought our forwards did a real good job, that when they didn’t have much they put pucks behind their D and with our speed we were able to win a lot of those foot races” started Bannister when asked about his team “buckling down” in the final period.
“I think 5-on-5 and our d-zone we were excellent. We closed things off real good on them, we had good puck pressure and we didn’t really give them a lot. They weren’t able to really get any extended zone time in our zone” he concluded.
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With the victory, the Hounds improve their early season record to 2-1-0-0, heading into Friday Night’s action where they skate into London to take on the Knights.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. and fans can hear all the action beginning with the pre-game show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM) starting at 7:05 p.m., or can catch the action on SHAWTV starting at 7:30 p.m.
• The Hounds finished Thursday 1-for-5 on the powerplay and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill
• Joseph Raaymakers, Tim Gettinger, Boris Katchouk and Gustav Bouramman made their season debuts after joining the team on the road from NHL Training Camp