Hounds control 5-2 win over Owen Sound
Story by soogreyhounds.com | Photo by James Egan Photography | Post-game audio provided by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON-
All and except some powerplay goals against in the third period, Friday Night was a controlling game for the Soo Greyhounds for their Head Coach Drew Bannister.
Scoring first for the 28th time this season, the Hounds built up a 4-0 lead over the Owen Sound Attack and never looked back as they downed their opponent in the first rematch since last year’s second round of the OHL playoffs.
“Ya I thought we played real well. I thought 5-on-5 we controlled the game for basically the whole game. The only real life we gave them on the powerplay, whether they were deserved or not, at the end of the day you have to stay out of the box” began Bannister.
Owen Sound who was playing their second game in as many days had the first good chance of the contest when Ethan Szypula had a breakaway from his own zone denied by the glove of MATTHEW VILLALTA just a couple minutes into the contest.
From there the Hounds took over possession and the game along with netting the only goal of the period.
Just before the midway point (7:38) TAYLOR RADDYSH centred the puck to BORIS KATCHOUK who teed up his 29th goal of the season beating Mack Guzda for the 1-0 lead after one period.
Early in the second (3:39) the Hounds increased their lead when HAYDEN VERBEEK’s wrist shot hit some iron before resulting in the overager’s 15th goal of the season and a two goal lead.
JOE CARROLL and COLE MACKAY picked up the assists.
Quickly after the second goal of the night a sequence of penalties resulted in a 4-on-3, then 5-on-3 for the Hounds and while they created the chances, they were unable to break Gudza any further.
That would change late in the period when RASMUS SANDIN started then finished a give-and-go with BARRETT HAYTON before firing home the 3-0 lead for the slot, and recording his 5th goal of the season.
Hounds led 3-0 after two periods of play.
The third period was all about specialty teams. A total of seven penalties were called resulting in five separate powerplays – two to Owen Sound and three to the Hounds.
BORIS KATCHOUK made it a 4-0 game finishing off a feed from MORGAN FROST and BARRETT HAYTON at 3:19 mark on the powerplay with his second goal of the night and 30th of the campaign.
Owen Sound would strike twice in a span of 3:09, both on the powerplay, to make it a 4-2 game.
Kevin Hancock faked a shot before finding Aidan Dudas at the side of the net (7:14) to put the Attack on the board before Markus Phillips wristed a shot through a screen (10:23) to conclude the the two goals in succession.
But like they did to start the period, the Hounds ended the frame and the game with a powerplay goal when MORGAN FROST scored his 25th goal of the season and capped off a three point night in the win.
The Hounds held the Attack to just 22 shots in the game.
“We are a committed group, I’ve said this from Day one. There’s not too many games I thought we’ve cheated. Have we worked harder some nights than others away from the puck ya, but defensively this is the best team defensively team I’ve coached and the highest offensive team too” started Bannister about his club’s solid defensive play.
“They work away from the puck. They’re highly skilled players so you have to give these kids credit cause a lot of times the high-end skilled players aren’t willing to work away from the puck. That’s what makes this team special, the will to work away from the puck and defend” he concluded.
ATTENDANCE – 3,692
RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Morgan Frost, SSM
2- Boris Katchouk, SSM
3- Barrett Hayton, SSM
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The Greyhounds cap off their home stand TOMORROW NIGHT – Saturday, January 13th with a rematch against the Mississauga Steelheads.
Game time is 7:07 PM.
It was just over a week ago that the Steelheads snapped the Hounds winning streak with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Hounds.
Great seats are still available by visiting the SK Group Box Office inside the Essar Centre starting Saturday at 10 AM, or you can order online at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422