Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star) | Photo by James Egan’s Sports Photography
It had been three weeks since the Soo Greyhounds won a game in regulation.
That’s exactly what they did on Wednesday, and in convincing fashion to boot.
The Hounds controlled play throughout, while scoring four times in the second period, en route to a 7-4 win over the Sudbury Wolves before 3,774 at GFL Memorial Gardens.
“We got our offensive swagger back a little bit,” said Hounds centre Morgan Frost, who scored once while also setting up a short-handed goal by Zack Trott and a power-play marker by Barrett Hayton.
“This is the team we want to be,” added head coach John Dean, whose club had gone six games without winning in regulation since whipping the Flint Firebirds 9-3 here on Oct. 31.
The Soo was 2-3-0-1 over those six games with both of their victories coming in overtime.
“We want visiting teams to walk in and get peppered in the first 20 minutes,” said Dean, whose club outshot the Wolves 16-4 in the opening period and 40-28 overall. “No. 16 (Frost) put us on his back tonight (Wednesday), and that was a very-good, 60-minute effort for us.”
Hayton, who finished with a goal and an assist, spoke of how he and his teammates were “real good.”
Tied 1-1 after the opening frame, the Soo took a 5-3 lead into the final 20 minutes.
“Our effort was there and that’s something that was evident,” noted Hayton, as the Hounds improved to 14-6-3-1, heading into a two-game road trip which begins Friday in Guelph.
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ATTENDANCE – 3,774
RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Morgan Frost, SSM
2 – Barrett Hayton, SSM
3 – Tye Kartye, SSM
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The Greyhounds now head out on the road for five straight games.
This week’s Ontario Hockey League action continues for the West Division leaders when they make the final regular season trip into Guelph against the Storm on Friday Night (Nov. 23).
Game time is 7:30 PM.
Fans can catch all the action by tuning into the Soo Video TV Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM, www.rock101.net) at 7 PM or by watching on Shaw Spotlight starting at 7:30 PM