Greyhounds give Spirit a scare but can’t claw back

Story by Brad Coccimiglio (  |  Photo courtesy of James Egan’s Sports Photography

They had their opposition questioning themselves but, in the end, it wasn’t meant to be.

The Soo Greyhounds bid to erase a 3-0 series deficit came to an end on Sunday night at the GFL Memorial Gardens in a 5-0 loss to the Saginaw Spirit in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.

For the Spirit, the win means a berth in the Western Conference final.

“They Soo Greyhounds did a good job getting this to 3-2,” said Saginaw coach Chris Lazary. “They put us on our heels. We started to question ourselves a little bit and think, ‘Are we good enough to get it done?’”

“We talked about this being a business trip and the sole purpose of this trip was to play for the team and not the individual,” Lazary added. “For two hours of your life put the team first and see what could happen.”

For the Greyhounds, some missed opportunities early on made it tough to grab momentum in the game.

“We had a few opportunities in the first period that we didn’t capitalize on,” said Greyhounds coach John Dean. “Usually the team that scores first gets the energy and we didn’t. We had some missed opportunities in general. There were opportunities to take momentum and we didn’t.”

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1- Ivan Prosvetov, SAG
2- DJ Busdeker, SAG
3- Damien Giroux, SAG

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