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RECAP; Exhibition schedule wraps up for Greyhounds

Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)  |  Photo by James Egan Photography

It’s tough to take a lot away from exhibition games with much of your roster away at NHL training camps.

For the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds, that meant playing a weekend home-and-home series with the Sudbury Wolves without six veterans and a host of youth in a lineup that featured nine forwards and five defencemen.

For a team that looks to have players in positions where they can be successful, the weekend set, which wrapped up with an 8-4 loss Sunday afternoon at the Essar Centre, was an experience for the young Greyhounds, especially those on the blueline who were playing against many of the Wolves veterans.

“Our young defencemen have a hard time handling minutes with five defencemen, but playing with nine forwards and five defencemen isn’t ideal,” said Greyhounds Coach Drew Bannister. “They’re young kids and we’re putting them in a position that they’re probably not quite ready for.”

Veteran forward Morgan Frost paced the Greyhounds with a pair of goals while sophomore forward Barrett Hayton and rookie forward Zack Trott added a goal and an assist each. Keeghan Howdeshell assisted on a pair of goals for the Greyhounds.

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