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Howdeshell continues hot streak for Greyhounds

Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)  |  Photo by Natalie Shaver (OHL Pucks)

What is potentially the hottest stretch of his Ontario Hockey League career, Keeghan Howdeshell continued to roll along on Sunday.

The overage forward scored three times on Sunday afternoon, including a shorthanded goal marker in the final minute of the second period, as the Soo Greyhounds skated to a 5-3 Ontario Hockey League win over the Flint Firebirds at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint.

“(Jacob) LeGuerrier made a huge pass to (Morgan) Frost and Frost did his thing and put the puck in a spot for me and I went in, backhanded it and it went in,” Howdeshell said.

“It definitely was a momentum change,” Howdeshell said of the goal.

“Shorthanded goals can really pick your bench up and deflate the other bench,” said Greyhounds Coach John Dean. “It was such a pretty goal too. He put the team on his back again. When he’s got the puck, he’s pretty hard to stop.”

Howdeshell now has six goals in his last two games after scoring three times in Saturday’s win over Saginaw on Saturday night and 10 goals in his last 11 games.

“Back-to-back hattricks is a pretty impressive feat,” Dean said. “He’s also a kid that, when challenged and pushed to be his best, rises to the occasion.”

Dean added that Howdeshell is well-liked by the coaching staff as well.

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