Story by soogreyhounds.com | Photos by Matt Mead (Matt Mead Photography LLC)
One goal games have been a frequent occurrence for both the Soo Greyhounds and Erie Otters.
Leading into Friday’s Western Conference match-up, the Hounds have had a game decided by a single goal on eight occasions while Erie has been on one-end or another of single goal games eleven times.
The two clubs can chalk up another tight contest, as the Greyhounds opened the scoring and never trailed before winning their second straight game, following their only visit to Pennsylvania.
TYE KARTYE opened the scoring at the 3:39 mark of the first period after he scooped up the rebound from a BILLY CONSTANTINOU point shot, and deposited it behind Otters netminder Daniel Murphy while falling, for a 1-0 lead.
With the goal Kartye put to a halt a three-game goal-less skid that had followed his 6-game goal scoring streak.
The second half of the period saw a pair of Greyhounds (TROTT, LEGUERRIER) tagged with minor penalties thirty-four seconds apart, resulting in an Erie 5-on-3 lasting 1:27.
The Greyhounds held the lead by doing a good job keeping the Otters outside, and a number of blocks and active sticks that returned to even strength unscathed.
The penalty kill improved to 5-for-5 to to that point of the trip.
An opening period would come to a close but not before in the final seconds when ZACK TROTT tried to replicate a goal from twenty-four hours earlier by taking the puck from behind the blueline and attempting to jam it home, this time to no avail.
Erie held a slight shot advantage, 11-10 over the Hounds.
Like they did in the first period, the Greyhounds would score early and give themselves a 2-0 lead.
The Hounds spent extended time in the offensive zone, wearing down the Otters.
BILLY CONSTANTINOU was deep in the zone and found ZACK TROTT in the slot, who beat Murphy to the blocker side for his 8th goal of the year, and a two goal lead for the Hounds.
Constantinou notched his 2nd point of the night, and 21st of the season, while he would later be named the Permanent Electric 1st star of the game.
Just over a minute later the Greyhounds had a powerplay coming their way, only to see it negated by a Soo penalty resulting in 4-on-4 play.
When action moved back to even strength momentum seemed to tilt Erie’s favour, territorially and puck possession-wise.
It wasn’t until an Erie powerplay that the home side would get on the board. Thirty seconds into the man advantage Jamie Drysdale snapped the puck from the right of the Greyhounds goal to put Erie on the board.
Drysdale’s goal appeared to come from a partial screen behind a Hounds defenceman to cut the Hounds lead in half.
The two teams would combine for just thirteen shots while skating through a in a scoreless third period.
BAILEY BRKIN solidified the victory when he robbed former Hound Hayden Fowler in the final minute with an enormous low save thus lifting the Hounds to 2-for-2 on the weekend thus far.
The victory improved the Greyhounds record to 12-15-2-0, good for 26 points and moved them into 8th overall in the Western Conference.
PERMANENT ELECTRIC THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Billy Constantinou, SOO
2- Jamie Drysdale, ER
3- Bailey Brkin, SOO
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• The Greyhounds skated with an identical line-up to Thursday Night featuring 11 forwards and 7 defenceman; Scratches for the Hounds were 3 Wale (injured), 25 Mufarreh (healthy) and 28 Watson (healthy)
Erie deletions were 15 Kyrou (healthy), 25 Gillard (injured), 27 MacDougall (injured), 41 Henry (ill) and 89 Bressette (Jr. B).
• In the last five (5) years, the Hounds were 4-2-1-1 versus the Otters, specifically, 2-2-0-0 at Erie Insurance Arena.
• The victory was the Greyhounds first in the second game of a roadtrip this season; Additionally it marked the third time the Hounds have won two-in-a-row this year
• Erie saw a pair of defenceman return to the line-up after lengthy absences. 2 Brenden Kischnick missed 22 games, while 5 Jacob Golden missed a dozen contests.
The three-game road trip comes to a close for the Greyhounds this coming Sunday, December 8th when they make their one-and-only trip to Mississauga. Game time against the Steelheads is 2 PM.
Fans can hear all the action starting with the Soo Video TV Pre-Game Show on Rock 101 (101.3 FM, online here) starting at 1:30 PM.
** This game IS NOT televised **
UPCOMING HOME GAMES BEFORE CHRISTMAS
This coming week the Greyhounds return back to the GFL Memorial Gardens for their final three home games before the Christmas Break.
Wednesday, December 11th it’s the third game in the Bell Challenge Cup versus the Sudbury Wolves (7:07 PM). Thus far both teams have split the series in the Northern Ontario rivalry with the visiting team prevailing.
Friday, December 13 (7:07 PM) it’s the only visit to the Soo by the Owen Sound Attack.
Then on Sunday, December 15 (2:07 PM) the Hounds and Erie Otters quickly conclude their regular season series.
Tickets for all three games, and all regular season home games are available at the GFL Memorial Gardens Box Office, online at www.gflgardens.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.