Greyhounds win club record 14th straight game

Ontario Hockey League

The hottest team in the Canadian Hockey League, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds set a new franchise record on Sunday afternoon, collecting their 14th straight win with a 4-0 road victory over the Ottawa 67’s.

Goaltender Tyler Johnson stopped all 30 shots he faced while Tim Gettinger, Barrett Hayton, Jack Kopacka and Boris Katchouk found the back of the net as the Hounds improved to 23-3-2-0.

The 14-game winning streak surpasses a past franchise mark of 13 set on two separate occasions by the club in 1980-81 and 1984-85.

A team led by stars Ron Francis, John Goodwin, Steve Gatzos, Tony Butorac and goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck strung together 13-straight wins from October 24 to November 19, 1980. That stretch included a Greyhounds franchise record nine straight wins on the road. The 1980-81 Greyhounds would go on to reach the OHL Championship Series before falling in five games to the Kitchener Rangers.

The 1984-85 Greyhounds included the likes of all-time franchise scoring leader Wayne Groulx and other familiar faces in Bob Probert, Derek King, Mike Oliverio and Graeme Bonar. That Greyhounds team won 13-straight games from February 1 to March 8, 1985 during a season that saw the club set an OHL record by going a perfect 33-0-0 on home ice. The 1985 Soo Greyhounds went on to defeat the Peterborough Petes in six games to be crowned OHL Champions. They placed fourth at the 1985 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Shawinigan and Drummondville, Quebec.

Sault Ste. Marie’s current winning streak dates back to October 28th and features eight of the 14 wins coming away from home.

The club’s success has shone through on the league leaderboards as veteran forward Boris Katchouk currently sits tied for the league-lead in goal scoring with 23 while sophomore netminder Matthew Villalta leads all OHL netminders with a 2.49 goals-against average. The Hounds also boast the league’s best power play, a unit running at a 26.5% success rate.

The red hot Greyhounds kick off a four game home stand on Wednesday night when they host their biggest West Division challenge so far this season in a 22-5-2-0 Sarnia Sting club.

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