Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star) | Photo by James Egan’s Sports Photography
SAULT STE. MARIE-
What was a thoroughly-forgettable game for the Soo Greyhounds was an utterly memorable one for Windsor’s Daniel D’Amico.
The Caledon, Ont., native scored a career-high five goals on Friday, leading the Spitfires to a 10-4 whipping of the Hounds at GFL Memorial Gardens. Official attendance was 3,977.
“Hard to believe. I feel great,” said D’Amico, a three-year veteran, who had never before registered an Ontario Hockey League hat trick. “I didn’t hesitate to shoot and they were going in. I like playing in this barn and I just think I had the hot hand.”
While D’Amico and teammate Will Cuylle, who enjoyed his second career three-goal game, led the Spitfires celebration, the mood in the Hounds dressing room was predictably somber.
“I’m 100 per cent embarrassed,” said overage winger Jaden Peca, whose team trailed 4-1 after 20 minutes, en route to its second straight loss.
The Greyhounds take an 18-18-2-0 mark into Saturday’s 7:07 p.m. home start against Sarnia.
“We puck-watched when the puck was behind our goal line,” added Peca, who had two assists in defeat. “We also committed too many turnovers and that’s always a recipe for disaster.”
“Sloppy turnovers” were the story of the game, said Hounds head coach John Dean.
“Every mistake we made was huge and they ended up in the back of our net,” added Dean, whose team trailed 8-3 after 40 minutes and was outshot 36-34.
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PERMANENT ELECTRIC THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Daniel D’Amico, WSR
2- Will Cuylle, WSR
3- Egor Afanasyev, WSR
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The Greyhounds are right back on the ice in another pivotal West Division / Western Conference match-up TOMORROW NIGHT (Sat. January 4) when they play host to the Sarnia Sting.
Game time at the GFL Memorial Gardens is 7:07 PM.
Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, presented by SK Group, online at www.gflgardens.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.