The curtain drops on the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League regular season for both the Greyhounds and London Knights THIS AFTERNOON (2:07 PM).
So far the two teams have yet to decide a game in regulation time as the last two match-ups have ended in overtime, while the season opener went to a shootout, all in the Greyhounds favour.
The Hounds hold a 10 to 7 goals for/goals against advantage between the two teams (more on the season series below).
While the Greyhounds had an off-day yesterday after their 3-1 win against Saginaw on Friday Night, London will be playing their third game in as many days.
Their weekend began at home against Flint (W 7-3) on Friday before they visited the Dort Federal Event Center against the Firebirds last night and picked up a 3-2 victory.
London Knights (46-14-3-4, 99 points)
3rd in Midwest Division, 4th in Western Conference
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (47-16-3-1, 98 points)
1st in West Division, 2nd in Western Conference
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Today is the fourth and final meeting this regular season between the Hounds and Knights.
The locals are looking at a possible sweep against London as they hold the advantage in the season series.
Here’s how the three other games between the Western Conference opponents have resulted this season;
OTW 3-2, Jan. 15 @ SSM
Zach Senyshyn’s goal late in the first period was the only goal of the period for the 1-0 lead; Olli Juolevi in the opening minute of the third tied the game and then London took the lead with two minutes left in the third by Robert Thomas; Senyshyn’s second goal of the game forced overtime with 17 seconds left in regulation before he recorded the hat trick with the game winner 3:29 into overtime; Hounds outshot London 44-26 and were 2-for-2 on the PK
OTW 4-3, Oct. 28 @ LDN
Hounds led 2-0 after first period (Bouramman, Frost); London book-ended a Katchouk goal in second period as 3-2 lead for SSM heading into third; LDN tied miway through 3rd; Katchouk ended contest 39 seconds into OT
SOW, 3-2 Sept 30 @ LDN
Hounds trailed 1-0 in first before Bobby MacIntyre scored with 15 seconds left in period; LDN led 2-1 after second period while Morgan Frost scored 0;52 into third period; Jack Kopacka and Gustav Bouramman (GWG) scored in shootout
DID YOU KNOW?
With a win today, the Greyhound would reach the 100-point plateau for just third time in franchise history.
The last time they reached that mark was just two seasons ago (2014-15) when they finished the regular season with a 54-12-0-2 win-loss record.
Prior to that you have to go waaaaaay back to the 1984-85 season where the Hounds had a record of 54-11-1 (wins-losses-tires)
TWO OF THE BEST IN THE WEST
The Greyhounds and Knights are two of the top teams not only in the Western Conference, but the entire OHL.
And while London is among the 100-point club, a victory by the Greyhounds and they would be as well.
You can view the conference standings HERE while you can catch-up on the post-season picture with the “Playoff Tracker” HERE.
AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The hardware was handed out last night as the Hounds held their Annual Awards Banquet at Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre here in Sault Ste. Marie.
Overage forward BOBBY MACINTYRE was the lone dual-winner receiving both the Top Scorer and Regular Season MVP awards.
To see the complete list of who won what, CLICK HERE.
TOP 3 IN SCORING
• Bobby MacIntyre (28-51-79); 7 GWG; 24 PP Pts
• Zach Senyshyn (41-21-62); 10 GWG; 259 SOG; 16 PP Pts
• Boris Katchouk (33-28-61); 7 SHG; 6 GWG
• Cliff Pu (35-50-85); 33 PP Pts; 3 GWG; 2 SHG
• JJ Piccinich (25-46-71); 24 PP Pts; 2 GWG
• Robert Thomas (16-50-66); 2 GWG
For all the stats throughout the game check out the OHL boxscore HERE.
BE A PART OF THE ACTION!
Great seats for today’s game still remain.
Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Essar Centre Box Office, ordering online at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.
Don’t forget if you’re purchasing in-person at the Box Office you can take advantage of the “March Family Pack” that includes 4 tickets (2 adult, 2 child), 4 hot dogs and 4 pop for just $67!
The Rock 101 pre-game show with Gerry Liscumb Jr. begins starting at 1:37 PM. You can hear the action by tuning your FM dial to 101.3 or listen online HERE.
ShawTV will broadcast the game starting at 2 PM.
MUIO’S PREDICTOR CHALLENGE
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
DO YOU HAVE YOUR PLAYOFF TICKETS?
Tickets for Game 1 & 2 of the opening round of the 2017 OHL Playoffs are on-sale NOW to both season ticket holders and the general public.
You can view the complete schedule of the Hounds opening round playoff series with Flint HERE.
You can secure your seat for the playoff run by visiting the Essar Centre Box Office during regular business hours of 10 AM to 5:30 PM Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday or online at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.
Questions? Contact the Greyhounds Manager of Ticket Sales Matt Rodell by phone at 705.574.0090 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by James Egan Photography