Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com) | Photo by James Egan’s Sports Photography
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON-
The ability of a slow start can be a killer in junior hockey.
For the Soo Greyhounds, it wound up being the difference on Friday night as the Guelph Storm took an early lead en route to a 5-1 Ontario Hockey League victory at the GFL Memorial Gardens.
The Storm led just 2-1 through 20 minutes but outshot the home team 19-5 in the frame.
“We got outworked, in the first ten minutes especially,” said Greyhounds coach John Dean. “ON the second shift, we gave up three Grade-A chances in the first 30 seconds of that shift that (Nick Malik) made huge saves on. We could have been down two or three in that first ten minutes.”
“That’s a disappointing effort,” Dean added.
For the Storm, the start was as good as the team could have asked for.
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ATTENDANCE – 4,429
PERMANENT ELECTRIC THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- Andrei Bakanov, GUE
2- Pavel Gogolev, GUE
3- Cam Hillis, GUE
To view the OHL Box Score | Game Summary CLICK HERE.
The weekend wraps up for the Greyhounds on Saturday Night (Feb. 8) when the Niagara IceDogs make their one-and-only regular season visit to Sault Ste. Marie.
Game time at the GFL Memorial Gardens is set for 7:07 PM.
Fans are reminded this game is the team’s Annual ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ event, presented by Northside Auto Group. Along with the Hounds wearing commemorative jerseys on the night, fans can take home a part of history via the blind auction on the jerseys.
Be sure to stop by the table set-up on the concourse for more information, and to place your bid.
Great seats are still available at the GFL Memorial Gardens Box Office, presented by SK Group, starting at 10 AM Saturday, online at www.gflgardens.ca or by phone at 1.866.775.9422.