Photo by James Egan Photography
Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)
After dropping a pair of games for their first regulation time losses since late-October last weekend, the Soo Greyhounds looked to return to the win column on Friday night on home ice.
It might not have been perfect, but the Greyhounds would beat the Windsor Spitfires 6-4 at the Essar Centre in Ontario Hockey League action, snapping its longest winless skid of the season in the process.
After a good start to the game and jumping out to a 4-0 lead, the Greyhounds surrendered three Spitfire goals to make the game close before sealing the win with a pair of goals in the final period.
“We played really well early,” said Greyhounds Coach Drew Bannister. “I don’t want to say we were complacent, but the fundamentals weren’t great tonight. I didn’t think we were physical enough in the defensive zone. I didn’t see a lot of stop and start to our game, especially from our forwards in the defensive zone. Our defense could probably have simplified a little bit in moving the puck in transition, which put us in a little bit of trouble where we spent a little bit more time in the defensive zone than we wanted to.”
“The fundamentals in our game bothered me but at the end of the day, we won the game and move forward,” Bannister also said.
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Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star)
Having nearly allowed a 4-0 lead to slip away, who could blame the Soo Greyhounds players for feeling somewhat fortunate on Friday.
Tim Gettinger scored a pair of third period goals, including an an empty-netter, to clinch a 6-4 victory over the Windsor Spitfires before 4,281 at Essar Centre.
“Yeah, we feel fortunate. We need to be better,” said Gettinger, whose team snapped a two-game losing streak. “What happened tonight isn’t good enough.”
“That was disappointing,” added winger Boris Katchouk, who also scored twice. “We killed a good start to the game.”
With the Soo on the power play, Katchouk’s second goal, his 33rd of the season, gave the home side a 4-0 lead at the 6:03 of the middle stanza.
“We didn’t play with the lead the right way,” added Katchouk, whose team will take a 38-5-2-1 record into Saturday’s 7:07 p.m. home clash against the Barrie Colts. “We made costly turnovers in our defensive zone.”
“We let them back into the game,” said centre Morgan Frost, who contributed three assists. “We gave up way too many chances, we made too many mistakes.”
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RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1 – Morgan Frost, SSM
2 – Taylor Raddysh, SSM
3 – Luke Kutkevicius, WSR
To view the OHL Box Score CLICK HERE.
The Greyhounds host the Central Division-leading Barrie Colts for their only visit TOMORROW NIGHT (Sat. Jan 27).
Game time is 7:07 PM and is presented by Algoma University.
Tickets are available by visiting the SK Group Box Office (inside the Essar Centre) starting at 10 AM, or you can order online anytime at www.essarcentre.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422