Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star) | Photo by James Egan’s Sports Photography
There’s a reason why Barrett Hayton is the Soo Greyhounds captain.
Actually, there’s quite a few of them.
Hayton put a number of his many attributes on display on Sunday, leading his team to a 6-5 overtime victory over the Windsor Spitfires before 3,807 at GFL Memorial Gardens.
“Barrett was a beast,” said Hounds head coach John Dean, whose team snapped a four-game losing skid (0-3-0-1) that was punctuated by an 8-2 loss to Ottawa on Friday night. “He made it clear to everybody he was going to put the team on his back.”
As if a sky-high compete level, two short-handed goals and an assist in regulation wasn’t enough, Hayton made the play which won the game in OT.
He stripped Spits rearguard Connor Corcoran of the puck, fed Mac Hollowell at the point and received a return pass from Hollowell, before finding Morgan Frost at the side of the goal for the winner at the :15 mark.
“Frost did a good job boxing their guy out and he was open in front,” Hayton said of the OT goal.
“I saw Barrett had pretty-good position,” explained Frost, while describing the moments leading up to his 14th goal. “He took the puck off of their D (Corcoran) and I was pretty-much standing there. It was all Barrett.”
The victory boosted the Greyhounds to 13-6-3-1, heading into Wednesday’s 7:07 p.m. home start against the Sudbury Wolves.
“Today was a must-win in my mind. There’s no doubt about that,” Hayton said of Sunday’s come-from-behind victory. “We had to get back on track and I tried to lead by example.”
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