Starting strong the key to victory
Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com) | Photo courtesy Tom Martineau (Baytoday.ca)
It was about as good a start as they could have hoped for as a three-game Ontario Hockey League road trip opened up for the Soo Greyhounds on Thursday night.
Facing a team that had 10 wins in its last 13 games, the Greyhounds scored three times in the first period en route to a 5-1 win over the North Bay Battalion Thursday at the North Bay Memorial Gardens.
“We played a really solid 20 minutes and that’s the type of hockey we want to play,” said Greyhounds Coach John Dean. “That’s a big credit to our leadership group, who led the way for the first couple of shifts and the young guys followed.”
“In the first five or six minutes, our leadership group went out of their way to do things properly,” Dean also said. “There were clean exits out of our zone, guys managed the puck really well and it led to a lot of odd-man rushes for us and really good possession of the puck.”
“We saw their record in their last 10 games and we knew we had to come out and put the hammer down,” said Greyhounds forward Ryan Roth, who had a goal and an assist in the win.
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ATTENDANCE – 2, 192
RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Mac Hollowell, SSM
2- Matthew Villalta, SSM
3- Justin Brazeau, NB
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The Greyhounds will practice on Friday before heading south and into Barrie in preparation for Saturday’s (Jan. 19) match-up with the Colts.
Game time is 7:30 PM.
Fans can hear all the action starting with the Soo Video TV Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM, online) starting at 6:30 PM or watch on Shaw Spotlight starting at 7:30 PM.