Story by soogreyhounds.com
For the second time this season, Greyhounds’ blueliner ROBERT CALISTI registered a two-goal game. And on Thursday Night it marked his second straight game tallying.
He was named the third-star in helping lead the Greyhounds back into the win column.
Three powerplays would dawn the Greyhounds chances in the first period, while also leading to the first goal of the game.
Before the Hounds lit the lamp, Niagara had a glorious shorthanded chance when Akil Thomas spun the puck to Ivan Lodnia who was robbed by BAILEY BRKIN with his biggest save of the period.
The play continued up-ice and that is where JAROMIR PYTLIK found ROBERT CALISTI to Tucker Tynan’s left, and he fired a one-time shot to open the scoring 1-0 for the Greyhounds.
The goal marked Calisti’s 8th of the season.
With about eight minutes to go JADEN PECA tried to help increase the lead when he stripped his man at the side of the Niagara goal and fed the puck out to TANNER DICKINSON, but Tynan was ready to turn him aside.
Three minutes later a miscue by the IceDogs netminder would see the Greyhounds take a two-goal lead.
COLE MACKAY’s initial wrister was mishandled by the Niagara netminder resulting in a second and then third chance that MacKay slipped five-hole for a 2-0 Greyhounds lead.
The period would end with the Hounds having a 5-on-3 for 1:42, and as one of the penalties expired Niagara would caplitalize.
Oliver Castleman was fresh out of the box and got as far as his own blueline when Ivan Lodnia backhanded a clearing attempt he would glove down and begin a shorthanded breakaway up-ice.
There Castleman would deke BRKIN and slide the puck low to puck Niagara on the board.
Hounds outshot Niagara 18-6 in the first period, while holding a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes.
Just over three minutes into the second period the Greyhounds extended their lead to 3-1 when ZACK TROTT’S patience paid off.
Positioned to the side of the IceDogs goal, the Hounds veteran waited and then threw the puck on goal and it found a way through for the two-goal cushion.
Penalty-killing was at it’s finest for the Greyhounds three times the rest of the period, negating all Niagara opportunities and taking the two goal cushion into the dressing room after forty minutes.
Niagara’s frustration and lack of discipline spotlighted in the third period as the club was ultimately assessed six straight penalties to end the game, five occurring in the third period.
Midway through the period RYAN O’ROURKE lit the lamp in his first game back in eight contests.
Trailing on an odd-man rush, TYE KARTYE set-up the team’s captain who roofed it home for a 4-0 Greyhounds lead.
Then just like how he opened the game, ROBERT CALISTI closed it out with a powerplay goal.
At 17:10 of the third period, BILLY CONSTANTINOU set-up his d-partner for a one-timer marking his second goal of the game and 9th of the season.
The Greyhounds recorded a season-high 46 shots on goal while surrendering a season-low, 16.
With the win, the team improves to 11-15-2-0 heading into Friday Night in Erie.
PERMANENT ELECTRIC THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Jaromir Pytlik, SOO
2- Oliver Castleman, NIA
3- Robert Calisti, SOO
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• Captain Ryan O’Rourke returned to the team’s line-up after missing eight (8) games with an upper body injury; O’Rourke’s last game played was November 9th @ Flint
• Greyhounds’ scratches were 3 Wale (injured), 25 Mufarreh (healthy), 28 Watson (healthy).
The Greyhounds cross the border and head into the State of Pennsylvania for their only time of the regular season to face-off against the Otters.
Game time TOMORROW (Fri. Dec 6) at the Erie Insurance Arena is set for 7 PM.
Fans can hear all the action starting with the Soo Video TV Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM, online here) starting at 6:30 PM.
** This game IS NOT televised **