Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star) | Photo by James Egan Photography
Hayden Verbeek chose the word “heartbreaking” to describe Wednesday’s loss.
A shaky first period – winger Bobby MacIntyre called it “terrible” — cost the Soo Greyhounds, who wound up dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Sudbury Wolves before a paid attendance of 3,413 at Essar Centre.
However, due to a winter storm in the Sault and area, perhaps a third of that number were actually in attendance.
Those who did see the contest watched the Hounds five-game, home ice winning streak come to an end, as the Wolves defeated the Soo for the second time in two games at Essar Centre this season.
Dmitry Sokolov’s second goal of the game, at the :19 mark of the extra frame, wrapped things up.
The skilled scorer took advantage of a turnover by the home team, skating in on a breakaway and beating Joseph Raaymakers on the backhand following a slick, left-to-right deke.
However, the Greyhounds blamed the opening 20 minutes for being in a position to lose in the first place.
“It all came down to the first period,” said Greyhounds winger Tim Gettinger, who watched his team fall behind 3-1 after 20 minutes. “We weren’t ready to go.”
“We came out slowly and it’s definitely not what we wanted,” added Verbeek, who watched his team fall to 22-8-2-0, tied with Windsor (21-5-4-0) for top spot in the OHL’s West Division.
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RED STAR THREE STARS
1- Tim Gettinger, SSM
2- Bobby MacIntyre, SSM
3- Zack Bowman, SBY
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The Hounds are back in action on home ice this Friday Night, December 16, when they host the Saginaw Spirit.
Game time in the third game of the I-75 rivalry is set for 7:07 PM.
Great seats are available at the Essar Centre Box Office, online at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.
Can’t be at the game? Fans can tune into the action starting with the Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM) starting at 6:37 PM