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Hounds push Attack to brink

Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star)  |  Photo by James Egan Photography

Barrett Hayton’s two-goal effort, coupled with an outstanding penalty-killing performance did more than just lead the Soo Greyhounds to victory on Friday.

It also placed the Owen Sound Attack into a position where their finger tips are clinging to a window sill.

The Hounds defeated the Attack 4-1 before a season-high 4,881 at Essar Centre to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven, Western Conference semifinal series.

Both teams departed the city following the contest in preparation for Sunday’s sixth game in this hard-fought series, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.

“We’re happy we won, but we can’t get too excited,” cautioned Greyhounds winger Boris Katchouk, whose club is one win away from a spot in the conference final for the first time since 2015. “We just need to play the same game on Sunday.”

“We definitely want it to end on Sunday,” added Hayton, who scored the tying and go-ahead goals for his team. “But they’re a strong team and they’ll be pushing hard.”

Hounds head coach Drew Bannister, whose team blanked the Attack on seven of its eight power-play opportunities, spoke of how he has no doubt Owen Sound will play with desperation.

“We’ll have to play our best game of the year,” added Bannister, whose team held a 31-29 edge in shots in Game 5.

The Soo coach also called his penalty-killing performance “outstanding.”

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Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)

One year after heading to Owen Sound down a game and needing a win just to stay alive, the Soo Greyhounds find themselves in the opposite position this weekend.

The Greyhounds will prepare for game six of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Owen Sound Attack with the opportunity to advance to the Western Conference final.

The Greyhounds skated to a 4-1 victory over the Attack Friday night at the Essar Centre.

The win means the Greyhounds take a 3-2 series lead following a game they felt they were better in as the game wore on.

“We got out-worked and out-battled in the first period,” Greyhounds Coach Drew Bannister said. “Five-on-five we were good for the most part and we competed hard but there were times early on where we were losing a lot of battles along the boards. We were letting guys skate by us. We picked up in the second half of the game and were a lot better.:

After struggling early in the series, the Greyhounds seemed to have found their mojo in games four and five.

“We did a really good job getting above them,” Bannister said of game five. “We put good pressure on the forecheck and for the most part we were responsible. When we were above them, we didn’t give them opportunities and odd-man rushes, which is a key against a team that feed off the rush.”

Barrett Hayton scored the go-ahead goal in the opening period and added a second goal early in the third to help the Greyhounds to the victory.

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