When the Soo Greyhounds skated into Sarnia on Friday, the locals were looking to build off of Thursday’s dramatic overtime victory. For Sarnia, the Sting were hoping to keep or improve their battle for home-ice position in the post-season.
The game marked the 8th and final head-to-head meeting between the two clubs this regular season (3-3-0-1).
In the opening twenty minutes the two teams traded offensive opportunities and the Hounds built off some defensive turnovers by the Sting.
The Hounds best chance of the period came when JOE ROGALSKI rushed the puck before playing it to DAVID QUESNELE who would put it off the post beside J.P. Anderson.
At the other end Ryan Spooner would ring a shot off the crossbar but the two teams would remain scoreless after the 1st period.
Hounds outshot Sarnia 15-7 in the opening twenty minutes.
Then just 2:02 into the second, the Sting would hold a healthy two man advantage that lasted 1:15.
Backstopped by the goaltending of JACK CAMPBELL and a strong PK, the Hounds killed off the short handed situation and would be rewarded for it.
RYAN SPROUL opened the scoring just over four minutes later. With NICK COUSINS carrying the puck, the Hounds leading-scorer passed it back where Sproul wired the shot past the Sting netminder for a 1-0 lead.
Then with the Hounds on their second powerplay, SPROUL carried the play into the offensive zone and after winning the battle over the Sting defender slid it over to MICHAEL SCHUMACHER for his 25th of the season and a 2-0 Greyhound lead.
DAVID BROLL then made it 3-0 Hounds, redirecting a SPROUL pointshot on another Hounds powerplay and by the 12:16 mark of the period the Hounds led 3-0. The goal came 21 seconds into the man advantage.
Ludvig Rensfeldt put Sarnia on the board before the period was over when a Justice Dundas shot went off a leg and in front.
Hounds led 3-1 after two periods of play.
Less than five minutes into the third period the Hounds would end up shorthanded by a pair due to back-to-back delay of game penalties (puck exiting the ice).
Brett Thompson scored on the two man advantage and then Reid Boucher scored just as the final penalty expired for a tied 3-3 game.
With the momentum now going the Sting’s way, Sarnia scored twice more totally 4 goals in just under 4 minutes of play for a 5-3 lead.
The Hounds would pull the goalie late in the game and NICK COUSINS would find an opening between Anderson and the left post but time would run out as the Hounds fell by a score of 5-4.
Hounds outshot Sarnia 48-25 while Ryan Sproul’s 3-point night saw him named the 3rd star of the game.
The Hounds complete the 3-game Western Conference roadswing on Saturday Night in Saginaw. Game time is 7:11 p.m and you can hear all the action starting with the Bay Mills Resort & Casino Pre-Game show on Rock 101 starting at 6:45