Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star) | Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography
A splendid start on Sunday made for a well-deserved finish.
The Soo Greyhounds opened quickly, dominating the first period, en route to a 5-2 victory over the Sarnia Sting before 2,766 at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
The impressive start – the Soo led 3-1 after 20 minutes – followed back-to-back, out-of-the-gate struggles by a team trying to fight its way out of an early season hole.
“We were really competitive on the puck and our O-zone play was the best it’s looked all year,” said head coach John Dean, whose team fell behind 4-0 in Windsor on Thursday, eventually losing 6-3, and 4-1 on Friday in Flint, eventually dropping a 4-3 decision.
“Our start was huge for us. It was everything,” added Hounds winger Cole MacKay, who scored twice, including an empty-netter, and contributed an assist for the winners. “We got pucks in deep, got to pucks quickly, we weren’t lazy in our D-zone and there was more jump to our game.”
On their off day Saturday, Hounds coaches and players met to discuss possible remedies to the club’s recent first period woes.
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PERMANENT ELECTRIC THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Cole MacKay, SOO
2- Ryan McGregor, SAR
3- Ethan Langevin, SAR
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• Scratches for the Greyhounds were 17 Halushak, 21 O’Rourke, 25 Mufarreh, 27 Hayton while out of the line-up for Sarnia was 4 Reesor, 21 Berka, 22 O’Donnell, 28 Hatcher, 31 Kooy, 77 Kammerer, 86 Burke.
• F Cole MacKay notched his 100th career regular season point Sunday
• Two Greyhounds’ continued streaks; OA Jaden Peca now has points in six straight games, while F Tye Kartye has scored in six-in-a-row
The Greyhounds return back to Sault Ste. Marie for a pair of contests this coming weekend.
Saturday, November 30th it’s a rematch with the Sarnia Sting. Puck drops at 7:07 PM.
Then less than 24 hours later, Sunday, December 1 the London Knights make their first-of-two visits to Sault Ste. Marie for the ‘Annual Teddy Bear Toss’ event.
Game time is 2:07 PM.
Greats are available for both games by visiting the GFL Memorial Gardens Box Office, presented by SK Group, online at www.gflgardens.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.
HOUND POUND STATION MALL
The Hound Pound is NOW OPEN in the Station Mall!
There you can find everything from t-shirts, jerseys, sweaters, ball caps, winter gear, novelty times and all the swag you can shake your hockey stick at.
Also available are holiday ticket voucher packs!
The Hound Pound Station Mall is located across from the Bell Store (Sportchek corridor) and open mall hours.