Story courtesy of Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com) | Photo by James Egan’s Sports Photography
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON-
The opening 40 minutes were a struggle at times, but the Soo Greyhounds found a sense of urgency in the final period and, because of that, will move on to round two of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
The Greyhounds scored four unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 7-4 victory over the Owen Sound Attack Friday night at the GFL Memorial Gardens.
Thanks to the win, the Greyhounds win the Western Conference quarterfinal series between the two clubs as well, winning the matchup in five games.
Trailing the series with their backs against the wall, the Attack made life difficult for the Greyhounds, especially in the opening two periods.
“Sometimes we made what we would call hope plays,” Greyhounds coach John Dean said of the first two periods. “And those turned into transition plays for them.”
“They came out desperate,” Dean also said. “They came out and did what they’re supposed to do. They pushed us hard. We had lots of opportunities to put the puck in the net, but we were looking to be perfect and, in the playoffs, you can’t look to be perfect.”
Dean credited the Attack in the series and feels the it was good preparation for round two as the Greyhounds prepare to face the Saginaw Spirit.
“They played a great series and gave us fits,” Dean said. “They prepared us for the next round.”
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ATTENDANCE – 4,548
RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Jaden Peca, SSM
2- Aidan Dudas, OS
3- Tye Kartye, SSM
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The Greyhounds now advance to the Western Conference Semi-Final Series against the Saginaw Spirit.
Series schedule is “to be announced”.
Tickets for HOME GAMES 1 &2 of the series will go on-sale this Monday, April 1 beginning at 10 AM at the GFL Memorial Gardens Box Office, presented by SK Group, online at www.gflgardens.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.