GAME STORY; Hicks posts 39-saves; Hounds push past Battalion in OT
Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com) | Photo by Tom Martineau (Baytoday.ca)
It took just 43 seconds for the Soo Greyhounds to get into the win column on the road on Friday night.
Katchouk took a pass in the slot from Conor Timmins and his shot beat North Bay Battalion netminder Julian Sime low glove side to give the Greyhounds a 2-1 overtime victory at the North Bay Memorial Gardens.
“I definitely give credit to Timmins,” Katchouk said. “He’s the one that set it up. I found a little quiet area to take the pass. (The shot) was a knuckler.”
Timmins won a battle along the end boards moments after Katchouk missed the net on a breakaway to get the puck to the veteran forward.
“I just wanted to win my battle and get the puck to Boris because I knew he would have a good scoring chance,” Timmins said of the game-winner.
North Bay Coach Stan Butler felt the game-winner was a byproduct of a missed call earlier in the shift.
“Cam Dineen gets tripped and the referee doesn’t call an obvious penalty and (the Greyhounds) go down to the other end and score,” Butler said.
Timmins assisted on both Greyhounds goals in the victory. Hayden Verbeek also scored
Overage netminder Connor Hicks made 39 saves to pick up his first win in a Greyhounds uniform.
“My first outing wasn’t my best performance so coming in today and getting a win is pretty special,” Hicks said.
Hicks admitted he felt comfortable from warmup and into the game, which saw him turn aside 23 shots in the second period among the 39 stops.
“I’m getting back to mid-season form and right from warmup, I felt like I would be good,” Hicks said. “As soon as I stepped on the ice and got that first shot, I felt really confident.”
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RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Julian Sime, NB (27 saves)
2- Connor Hicks, SSM (39 saves)
3- Boris Katchouk, SSM (GWG, 4SOG, 2/3 Face-off)
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The weekend concludes for the Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 1) with the first meeting of the regular season against the Wolves.
Puck drop in Game 1 of the Bell Challenge Cup is set for 2 PM.
The Hounds who have an overtime loss, and win so far on the road trip, will be looking to secure 5 out of a possible 6 points in the three game set.
Fans can hear all the action beginning with the Soo Video TV Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM, online at http://cent2.serverhostingcenter.com:2199/start/mirmsjsb/) starting at 1:30 PM, or watch live on ShawTV starting at 2 PM.