GAME PREVIEW; Feb. 10/17 – GUE @ SSM

Tonight is Game #2 for the Soo Greyhounds during their current 8-game home stand (#TheHOMESTAND).

Thanks to a 3-1 win on Wednesday evening over Saginaw (STORY: Kopacka scores twice, Villalta near perfect as Hounds start #TheHOMESTAND with win) the Hounds enter tonight with back-to-back victories.

It’s the first time in over a month that the club has strung consecutive wins together.

Meanwhile Guelph started off their Northern Ontario road trip with a victory in North Bay one night ago thus extending their unbeaten streak to a pair of games (1-0-1-0).

Guelph Storm (18-27-3-2, 39 points)
@ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (36-13-2-1, 75 points)

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It’s been over a month since the Hounds and Storm met during a New Year’s matinee in Sault Ste. Marie.

Following tonight the four-game season series will have one final game remaining between the two clubs as part of the Hounds final extended roadtrip of the regular season.

Here’s a look at the two games so far:

SOW 3-2, Dec. 31 @ SSM
The Greyhounds held leads on two separate occasions before sitting tied 1-1 after the first period (Senyshyn) and 2-2 after the second period (Hawel);  After overtime solved nothing, The game would go just three rounds of a shootout and the only goal was scored by Otto Makinen (GWG);  Hounds were 1-for-6 on PP and 4-for-4 on PK

W 5-2 Oct. 30 @ GUE
After GUE tied the game just over midway point of first, Hounds added two more (Katchouk, MacIntyre) to lead 3-1 after first;  scoreless second period before MacIntyre and Gettinger (empty net) helped seal victory;  Hounds were 2-for-7 on PP in high shot affair

JACK KOPACKA extended his goal-scoring streak to 3 games thanks to a pair of goals back on Wednesday evening.

The Metamora, MI product now has 4 goals in his last 3 games, while surpassing his rookie season output of 20 goals one season ago.  He now has 21 goals and 12 assists (33 points) on the season.

Back on January 6 the Hounds and Storm were involved in a trade that saw players (NOAH CARROLL – Liam Hawel) and picks exchanged between the two Western Conference clubs.

Since the deal CARROLL has put together 2 goals and 3 assists (5 points) in 14 games played on the Greyhounds blueline.

While Hawel has appeared in 13 games with the Storm while grabbing 1 goal and 5 assists (6 points).

Looking at some of the numbers across the OHL, the Greyhounds and Storm are at opposite ends of the spectrum this season.

WINS;  The Hounds have the 2nd-most wins (36) while Guelph has the 3rd-least (18)

PIM;  With 521 penalty minutes, the Hounds are the 4th least penalized team while the Storm is the 4th most-peanalized (671)

POSITION;  The Hounds currently hold the 2nd seed in the Western Conference while Guelph sits 10th.

Guelph features a fair of Sault Ste. Marie products in LW Nic Sicoly and D Makkonen.

Sicoly (4th Rd, 2014) is in his second full season with the Storm where he has 2 goals and 8 assists in 10 games played.

Makkonen (9th Rd, 2015) has suited up in 10 games while accumulating 1 goal and 2 assists.  He recorded his first-career OHL goal on January 22, 2016 Windsor.
He joined Guelph after starting the season with the NOJHL’s Soo Eagles where he appeared in 31 games.

• Bobby MacIntyre (21-43-64);  5 GWG
• Zach Senyshyn (31-13-44);  191 SOG, team-leading 31G
• Boris Katchouk (24-20-44);  6 PP Pts

• Isaac Ratcliffe (23-19-42);  3GWG
• Ryan Merkley (7-29-36);  15 PP Pts
• Givani Smith (20-14-34);  162 SOG

For all the stats throughout the game check out the OHL boxscore HERE.

The Rock 101 pre-game show with Gerry Liscumb Jr. begins starting at 6:37 PM.  You can hear the action by tuning your FM dial to 101.3 or listen online HERE.

ShawTV will be live with the television broadcast at 7 PM.

Don’t forget to take part in tonight’s “Muio’s Predictor Challenge”.

Tweet us who you predict to score the Hounds first goal for a chance to win a $10 Muio’s Restaurant gift card.  #muios

feb10_previewPhoto courtesy of James Egan Photography

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