Story and photo by soogreyhounds.com
When the game was on the line, BORIS KATCHOUK stepped up in his hometown.
The Kitchener, ON native scored his second of the night to seal the overtime victory for the Hounds over the Rangers on Friday Night.
The two teams were meeting for the first time, of four, this regular season.
ZACH SENYSHYN would open the scoring for the Hounds at the 6:03 mark of the first period.
MORGAN FROST stick handled the puck in the zone before moving it to his right where the Hounds’ winger (Senyshyn) would beat Luke Opilka for his 21st goal of the year, and a 1-0 lead.
Kitchener would then counter back with a pair of powerplay goals.
Greg Meireles ended what started as an odd man situation deep in the zone, for his 9th goal of the year and a tied contest at 8:05.
Then with under five minutes to go in the period, Kitchener would make it 2-for-2 on the powerplay when Connor Bunnaman piced up a rebound from a Adam Mascherin shot and put it past Raaymakers for a 2-1 lead after the first period.
The Hounds would shut down a Kitchener powerplay just over two minutes into the second period, and ended the frame with a well structured powerplay of their own.
But as had been the case thus far, the Hounds 5-on-5 play is where the offense was created.
With under 13:20 to go ZACH SENYSHYN set-up MORGAN FROST alone in the slot but was denied.
And with just over five minutes left in the second period the Hounds would pull even.
COLTON WHITE let a left point shot go, and with a crowd in front of the Kitchener goal, the puck dropped and was scooped up by SENYSHYN who buried his second of the game and 22nd of the year for a tie game.
Hounds outshot Kitchener 12-9 in the second period.
To say the third period was a see-saw battle would be an understatement.
On two separate occasions the Hounds would take the lead (3-2 and 4-3) only to have Kitchener respond less than a minute later both times.
SENYSHYN with his third of the game and TIM GETTINGER (17th of the year) had the goals just around the midway point of the period.
While skating 4-on-4, BORIS KATCHOUK put together a highlight reel goal at 12:32, beating his man one-on-one and then netting his 18th goal of the year for a 5-4 Greyhound lead.
But with the goalie pulled, and on a powerplay, thus making it a 6-on-4 advantage Adam Mascherin tied the game with under a minute to play sending the two teams to overtime.
Kitchener scored three times on just 4 shots in the third period.
Overtime is where TIM GETTINGER opened up the ice and set-up KATCHOUK who beat Opilka five-hold for the dramatic overtime victory just eleven seconds in.
The victory improved the Hounds record to 28-9-2-0, good for 58 points.
RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Zach Senyshyn, SSM
2- Frank Hora, KIT
3- Boris Katchouk, SSM
To view the online boxscore CLICK HERE.
* ZACH SENYSHYN’S hat trick is the 4th time he has scored atleast 3 in a game this season.
* Newly-acquired defenceman NOAH CARROLL recorded his first point as a Greyhound in his debut assisting on TIM GETTINGER’S goal midway through the third period. The Strathroy, ON product ended the night with 1 assist, and +1 on the night.
* The Hounds limited Kitchener to just 4 shots over the final 20 minutes and 11 seconds of the game
The weekend concludes for the Hounds TOMORROW NIGHT (Sat. Jan 7) when they meet the Barrie Colts for the final time this regular season.
Game time from the Barrie Molson Centre is 7:30 PM.
Fans can tune into the action with the Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM) starting at 7:00 PM or watch on ShawTV starting at 7:30 PM.