KINGSTON, ON –
With nearly identical records, but in separate conferences, the Soo Greyhounds and Kingston Frontenacs only meet twice each OHL regular season.
And on Sunday afternoon, the Hounds were completing their latest 3-game trip with their only visit to the KRock Centre. For Greyhounds defenceman ALEX GUDBRANSON the game would mark the first time he played his former teammates since being acquired by the Hounds this past June.
The Hounds would have a great chance early when BRANDON ALDERSON’s shot rang off the crossbar in behind MIke Morrison.
Cody Alcock was looking to put Kingston in good scoring position when he was a stride away from a breakaway, but GUDBRANSON would be there to extinguish any offensive chance and keep the two teams scoreless.
Just over the midway point of the period the Frontenacs would get on the board. Roland McKeown fired a shot from the top of the right circle, while Kingston enjoyed a powerplay and now a 1-0 lead.
The game-tying goal was close for the Hounds in the final minutes of the period but both JARED MCCANN and RYAN SPROUL fired wide on their team’s best chances.
Kingston lead 1-0 after the first period.
With the two teams starting the second skating 4-on-4, the Hounds jumped to some early pressure and registered 3 shots on goal before the period was thirty-seconds old.
RYAN SPROUL would continue his scoring streak alive at the 6:03 mark, while on a Hounds powerplay, the rearguard would fire a shot high blocker on Morrison for the tie game.
The Hounds would then take their first lead of the game just over three minutes later when MITCHELL DEMPSEY made a pass from the left corner out to TRENT MALLETTE, and the Levack, ON product found the gap between the Kingston goaltender and his left post for a 2-1 Hounds lead.
Cody Alcock pulled the teams even once again with a delayed penalty coming to the Hounds. The Fronts winger took advantage of the fact that the play was turning into a 2-on-1 before firing a shot high blocker past JUSTIN NICHOLS at 15:55.
Then at 16:47, Sam Povorozniouk cut around the Hounds defence before lifting it home in tight and a 3-2 Kingston lead after forty minutes.
Less than five minutes into the third, TYLER GAUDET’s 1st OHL goal would even the score at three. NICK HALAGIAN would skate past the goal before placing a backhand pass to GAUDET out front and he’d make no mistake completing a nice looking goal.
Through the opening 12:20 of the period the Hounds had allowed just two shots against, and would end giving up just four in the entire period.
While in the final six minutes SERGEY TOLCHINSKY found JARED MCCANN but his stick would be lifted to take away any scoring chance he would have had and the game would be forced to overtime.
In the extra session, Kingston would be tagged with back-to-back penalties and despite firing 8 shots on Morrison, the Hounds would fail to capitalize and the teams would now go to a shootout.
With a scoreless shootout through the opening three rounds, Henri Ikonen put a backhand gloveside on NICHOLS to put the pressure on the Hounds fourth shooter, JARED MCCANN, and the puck would roll away on his attempt and the Hounds would drop their first shootout game of the season (4-3).
The Hounds return to the Soo with 3 out of a possible 6 points and get set for three games at the Essar Centre.
Wednesday, January 9th the Sarnia Sting and Hounds meet for the 6th time this season, while on Saturday, January 12th the Mississauga Steelheads make their only regular season visit and on Sunday, January 13th the OHL-leading London Knights come to town.
Puck drops on all three contests at 7:07 p.m.
For tickets, stop by the Essar Centre Box Office (Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), online at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422
Kingston – 1-for-7
Sault Ste. Marie – 1-for-8