Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com) | Photo by James Egan’s Sports Photography
There wasn’t a lot to like for the Soo Greyhounds on Wednesday night.
With an opportunity to put some pressure on the Saginaw Spirit in the battle for top spot in the Ontario Hockey League’s West Division, the Greyhounds struggled in a 4-2 loss on home ice to the Sudbury Wolves.
The Wolves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals by MacAuley Carson and Adam Ruzicka, both of which came off turnovers.
“We got off to a slow start and we’d like the first two goals back,” said Greyhounds Coach John Dean. “It’s pretty clear that we can’t cough up pucks and make mistakes that end up in the back of our net. When you keep putting yourself in situations like that, it makes it difficult to consistently come back like we have all year.”
Turnovers were an issue throughout much of the opening period for the Greyhounds.
“They were very good on the forecheck and we weren’t moving our feet at all to exit the zone,” Dean said. “That ended up in turnovers and zone time for them in our end. Our team is not a good team when we’re not moving out feet. When we move our feet, we’re very tough to play against.”
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ATTENDANCE – 4,083
RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Owen Robinson, SBY
2- Jordan Sambrook, SSM
3- Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, SBY
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The Greyhounds have a rematch with the Niagara IceDogs this coming Saturday, February 9th – 7:07 PM at the GFL Memorial Gardens.
This will be Niagara’s only regular season visit to Sault Ste. Marie.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the GFL Memorial Gardens Box Office, presented by SK Group, online at www.gflgardens.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.