Story by soogreyhounds.com | Photo courtesy of Tim Cornett
Three separate leads slipped away from the Greyhounds on Thursday Night as they started off their road trip with a loss in Windsor.
The night started off quickly when the Greyhounds would open the scoring converting on a Windsor turnover seconds into the first period.
At the 0:26 mark TYE KARTYE made good on a his second opportunity and put the backhand behind Kari Piiroinen for the 1-0 lead.
The goal kept the point streak for Kartye intact, extending it to seven straight games.
A swift passing play just over three minutes later (3:42) increased the Hounds lead to a pair of goals when RORY KERINS had the tap in to the right of the goal making it 2-0 and eclipes his goal total from his rookie season.
Assists on the play went to team points leader JAROMIR PYTLIK, and MARC BOUDREAU.
That lead would be cut in half just twenty seconds later (4:02) when the initial left point shot would produce a rebound and be batted out of the air by Cole Purboo to put Windsor on the board.
The two teams would go nearly the full period without a powerplay opportunity, while the lone advantage in that department would go to the Soo when Tyler Angle was assessed a slashing minor in the final five minutes.
Twenty-two seconds into the powerplay COLE MACKAY found the puck behind Piiroinen and finished it across the line for his 8th goal of the season and a 3-1 Greyhounds lead.
But not to go away, just over a minute later, Windsor again made it a one goal game.
Given a clear lane off the right boards, Connor Corcoran skated deep in the circle before beating ETHAN TAYLOR low to cut the Hounds lead to 3-2.
The second period would be a tale of two different games, all in one.
Windsor had a clear advantage to start the period and and built up a 7-0 shot advantage to start.
Windsor would go on a man advantage and while they couldn’t capitalize, ETHAN TAYLOR was forced to rob Tyler Angle just seconds in.
When the teams just got back to 5-on-5, the Spitfires would pull even when Luke Boka skated off the left wing, cut to the net and flipped the puck past Taylor for a 3-3 game.
Over the final ten minutes the Greyhounds showed resolve and pushed back while taking the game back to the Spitfires and regaining their lead.
At 15:32, a draw saw the puck back to the point where the rebound was put home by MARC BOUDREAU for his 3rd goal of the year and a 4-3 Hounds lead after forty minutes.
Over a minute (1:18) remained on a late Dylan Robinson penalty, that carried over to the third period, but the Hounds were unable to build the lead any further.
Despite each team only producing five shots in the third period, it would be Windsor who best benefit from the few opportunities, scoring three times.
Less than five minutes in to the period, Curtis Douglas tipped a point shot through to tie the contest.
Just past the midway point, Tyler Angle found Thomas Stevenson who just came onto the ice and bolted to the circle before depositing a cross ice feed to the back door.
The insurance marker was a result of a trio of turnovers between the two clubs, the first and latter, by the Hounds and it ended up in the back of their net when Kyle McDonald made it a 6-4 game with the final tally of the night.
Twenty-two shots for the Hounds were the least produced this season as they fell to .500 and 6-6-1-0 on the season.
ATTENDANCE – 3,297
PERMANENT ELECTRIC THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Luke Boka, WSR
2- Matthew Maggio, WSR
3- Tanner Dickinson, SOO
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• Tonight marked the first time this season the Greyhounds have dropped a game after scoring first, and leading after the second. They were previously 5-0-0-0 when in both situations.
• Tye Kartye extended his point streak to 7 straight games. During that span the 2nd-year Greyhounds has recorded 2 goals and 6 assists
• With his goal at 3:42 of the first period, Rory Kerins eclipsed his goal output from his rookie season with that 10th tally of the year.
• Greyhounds’ scratches were 8 LeGuerrier (injured), 19 Carroll (injured), 27 Hayton (NHL) and 28 Watson (healthy) – not in uniform for Windsor was 29 D’Amico (suspended) and 77 Jodoin (healthy)
• The game featured a total of ten (10) players who were noted recently by NHL Central Scouting in their October’s ‘To Watch’ list; O’Rourke, Kerins, MacKay, Pytlik and and Dickinson for the Greyhounds along with Robinson, Cuylle, McDonald, Rafkin and Foudy
• Last season the Hounds were 4-1-1-0 against Windsor.
The team will travel to Flint, Michigan tomorrow in advance of their second stop on this road trip.
Game time against the Flint Firebirds is set for 7 PM Saturday, October 26th.
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.
** This game IS NOT televised **
GAMES AT THE GARDENS
Next week two games are on deck for the Greyhounds at the GFL Memorial Gardens when a pair of team’s make their first trips of the season to the Lock City.
Friday, November 1st the defending OHL Champion Guelph Storm come to town.
Then on Saturday, November 2nd it’ll be a West Division rematch with the Windsor Spitfires.
Both games are set for 7:07 PM starts.
Tickets for these two games, and all regular season home games, are available by visiting the GFL Memorial Gardens Box Office, online at www.gflgardens.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.