Story by soogreyhounds.com | Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography
Heading in they were two teams heading in opposite directions. While the Greyhounds had dropped down the West Division standings, Sarnia had surged.
But when the sixty minute contest on Friday Night ended, the Greyhounds had bright spots to reflect upon, but victory wasn’t one of them.
Despite outshooting the Sarnia Sting 37-27 overall, ultimately a span of 5:05 in the second period sunk the Greyhounds into a deficit too big to overcome.
Scoring would open under two minutes into the first period right off a draw in favor of the Sting.
Eric Hjorth got the puck at the left point and t’ed up a shot that beat a potentially screened ETHAN TAYLOR blocker side for a 1-0 Sting lead.
Shortly after the Greyhounds would find themselves shorthanded, but worked through the two minute span pretty flawless and negated any further damage.
After getting back to even strength the Greyhounds would begin their period-long push, and would find the game-tying goal just past the midway mark.
MARC BOUDEAU carried the puck in on the right wing and spotted HOLDEN WALE with him to his left. Boudreau, who showed patience and then the pass across where Wale went bar-down to tie the hockey game at one goal apiece.
Within a minute Jacob Perrault was assessed a double-minor penalty and the Greyhounds would work their first powerplay of the game.
And after a redirection in the first minute of the man advantage went off the cross bar, the Hounds would get stung for a shorthanded goal against.
Jamieson Rees cut across in a one-on-one situation and beat the d and then Taylor for a 2-1 Sting lead.
The Hounds had 2:55 remaining on the powerplay and continued to push including a glove save by Jordan Kooy on ROBERT CALISTI, and Sarnia’s lead stayed intact.
Overage forward JADEN PECA had a glorious chance in the final minute of the period when the puck went off a Sting glove leaving him all alone. His backhand attempt would be foiled and despite outshooting Sarnia 14-8 in the period, the Hounds trailed 2-1 after twenty minutes.
After facing some early push by the Sting the Greyhounds countered that and about five minutes in JADEN PECA had another great chance when a feed from BILLY CONSTANTINOU sent him to the net only to be turned aside.
All-in-all the one goal game had remain intact past the midway point and saw the Greyhounds outshooting the Sting by a 2-to-1 margin (21-10) in the game, and 7-2 in the period.
But as has been the case during the latest stretch for a club, a small window had a big impact by the opposition.
Four goals in a span of 5:05 started for Sarnia when Sean Josling connected on a penalty shot at 11:18 with a deke to beat Taylor.
Just over a minute later Theo Hill notched his third of the year making it 4-1 Sarnia.
Josling grabbed his second of the period on the powerplay at 13:23 that spelled the end of the night for Ethan Taylor who stopped 10 of 15 shots faced.
CHRISTIAN PROPP came in relief and was beat by a long, high left point shot by Marko Jakoljevic at 16:23 and Sarnia brought a 6-1 lead into the dressing room after two periods of play.
A powerplay carried over to the third period for the Hounds and they would capitalize just twenty seconds into the period when COLE MACKAY connected on a second chance and slid the puck underneath Kooy for the Hounds second goal of the game.
With the Greyhounds shorthanded, ZACK TROTT broke in on a two-on-one and opted for the shot that marked his 5th goal of the season, and brought the Hounds within three goals at 7:49.
Then with just under five minutes to play in regulation, BILL CONSTANTINOU cut to the net and backhanded home his 4th of the year to cut the deficit to a pair of goals.
After pulling the goalie with an extra attacker with just over a couple minutes to play and looking to get closer, the Hounds would surrender an empty net goal in the final minute that would seal the 7-4 victory for Sarnia.
The setback dropped the Greyhounds record to 6-11-1-0, 13 points on the year.
PERMANENT ELECTRIC THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Sean Josling, SAR
2- Jamieson Rees, SAR
3- Holden Wale, SOO
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The weekend concludes for the Greyhounds TOMORROW NIGHT (7 PM) in Flint against the Firebirds.
Fans can hear all the action starting with the Soo Video TV Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM, online) starting at 6:30 PM.
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