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GAME PREVIEW; Jan. 11/17 – SSM @ SBY

For the sixth time in seven games, the Hounds are on the road tonight for Game 3 of the Bell Challenge Cup with the Sudbury Wolves (Sudbury Community Arena).

Game time is 7 PM.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (29-9-2-0) @ Sudbury Wolves (17-19-4-0)

BELL CHALLENGE CUP
One year after the team’s split their season series (3-3 in 2015-16), the Sudbury Wolves have started the season with a pair of victories over the Hounds.

Most recently (Dec. 14), Dmitry Sokolov ended the game nineteen seconds into overtime to provide Sudbury a 4-3 victory.  TIM GETTINGER had a pair of goals for the Hounds, while BOBBY MACINTYRE had the single tally.

While when the season series opened way back on October 19th, the Hounds outshot Sudbury 42-28 but it was Sokolovs’ hat trick leading the Wolves to the 6-2 win.

REMAINING GAMES – SSM/SBY
•  TONIGHT – Wednesday, January 11 @ SBY
•  Saturday, February 4  @ SBY
•  Wednesday, February 15 @ SSM
•  Sunday, March 12 @ SBY

HOW DID THEY DEAL?
Yesterday at 12 noon the OHL Trade Deadline passed.

The Hounds made a pair of roster moves in recent days beginning with their acquisition of NOAH CARROLL back on Friday afternoon (Jan. 6).  The 19-year old defenceman was acquired from the Guelph Storm in exchange for Liam Hawel, while picks were exhanged between both clubs as well.

Yesterday, the Hounds made their only other move sending 2nd year defenceman Theo Calvas to Sarnia in exchange of a 7th Round pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

While Sudbury made their acquisitions earlier this season, the only “deadline deal” saw the club send Ben Garagan to the Hamilton Bulldogs for a 5th Round Pick in 2019 and a conditional 5th Round pick in 2022.

The Wolves also announced the signing of G MacKenzie Savard to an OHL Standard Player Agreement.

LOOKING FROM THE TOP
Forty games into the season, both the Hounds and Wolves are in tight battles for their respective division leads.

With the most points in the OHL (60), the Hounds not only lead the Conference, but are 5 points ahead of their closest competitor in the West Division, the Windsor Spitfires.
Windsor holds two games in hand.

As for Sudbury, despite being two games below .500 (17-19-4-0), the club is tied with the Mississauga Steelheads for the Central Division lead.
Mississauga holds a game in hand over Sudbury, while North Bay is 3 points back in third.

LEADING THE NUMBERS
GREYHOUNDS
•  Bobby MacIntyre – 18g, 37a, 55pts;  5 GWG
•  Morgan Frost – 13g, 25a, 38pts;  16 PP Pts
•  Zach Senyshyn – 24g, 11a, 35pts;  137 SOG

WOLVES
•  Dmitry Sokolov – 30g, 11a, 41pts;  6 GWG
•  Ryan Valentini – 11g, 20a, 31pts;  4 PPG
•  David Levin – 12g, 16a, 28pts;  3 PPG

TWO MINUTES FOR?
While the Greyhounds hold the 3rd least penalty minutes in the OHL (412), Sudbury is the OHL’s most penalized team with 598 PIM.

That’s an average of 10.3 PIM/GM for the Soo compared to 14.95 PIM/GM for the Wolves.

RADIO/TV
Fan’s can catch all the action on both RADIO and TV.

The Rock 101 pre-game show with Gerry Liscumb Jr. begins starting at 6:30 PM.  You can hear the action by tuning your FM dial to 101.3 or listen online HERE.

Additionally, ShawTV will carry the Eastlink TV broadcast starting at 7:00 PM.

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

Jan11_SBY_Preview_PicDefenceman Conor Timmins fires a shot low, gloveside in one of the Hounds most recent action against the Wolves. (Photo courtesy of James Egan Photography)

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