Week 2 is now in the books for the Soo Greyhounds and what a week it was! Their first road trip of the season and they picked up 4 points against 2 key division rivals. Not to toot my own horn or anything but my Bold Prediction of the week was a 4 point weekend. Alright you got me, I put that in there specifically to toot my own horn but let’s continue on to the review.
Friday September 28th
Soo Greyhounds 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3
The first road game of the young season took the Hounds to the RBC Centre and Sarnia where Lake Huron empties into the St. Clair River. Wide open action dictated the 1st period as the teams combined for a total of 35 shots and Sarnia entered the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by Craig Duininick. They Greyhounds added a quick goal to start the 2nd before allowing a PP goal to 2014 draft eligible Anthony DeAngelo and 2012 NHL 3rd overall pick Alex Galchenyuk. The Sting lead 3-1 heading into the 3rd and that is when things got interesting from a Hounds perspective.
Now last year I didn’t have much faith in the Greyhounds when trailing after 2 periods of play. Already this year they have come back from a 2 goal 3rd period deficit but they were tied after 2 in that game. Let’s just say after this game I am at least entertaining the thought that they Greyhounds are on to something with their 2012-13 slogan of No Surrender. Andrew Fritsch and Nick Cousins scored goals 30 seconds apart just shy of the 6 minute mark of the 3rd period and suddenly we have a game. They Greyhounds dominated the Sting in the 3rd from start to finish and with 1:37 left in the period the “Cardiac Kids” were rewarded as Michael Schumacher added his 2nd of the night to put the Hounds ahead for good.
Saturday September 29th
Soo Greyhounds 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2
Following their great come from behind victory the Hounds played their 1st game south of the border. For the 4th straight game to start the season the Hounds got outshot in the 1st period, luckily for them Matt Murray was there to stand on his head turning away all 14 shots. David Broll would open the scoring for the Hounds in the 2nd with his 2nd PP goal of the season. The lead would be short lived as Saginaw continued the Greyhounds 2nd period woes as they would add 2 to take the lead heading into the 3rd.
They Hounds have now been outscored 7-4 in the second period this season but luckily they still had some third period magic on their sticks and more specifically Schumacher’s stick as he would be the hero again potting his 3rd goal of the weekend with Murray on the bench and less than 30 seconds on the clock.
Nick Cousins ended any pending shootout drama with the game winner 3 minutes into OT giving the Hounds their 3rd 1 goal win of the season and 2nd overtime win after going 3-6 last season in OT/SO.
By The Numbers
4-0: The Greyhounds outscored their opponents 4-0 on the weekend to complete 2 come from behind wins
34-17: Continuing on the 3rd period theme, the Hounds outshot their opponents by a 2:1 ratio in the final stanza this weekend.
3: That’s the number of times the Greyhounds have given up 40 or more shots through 4 games this season.
1-10: The power play only clicked at a disappointed 10% clip on the weekend.
2: The number of power play goals David Broll has scored this year. Not bad for a player who only tallied 8 goals last season and is someone the Greyhounds are counting on to help carry the offensive load
6: The number of goals scored by Nick Cousins, Michael Schumacher and Andrew Fritsch on the weekend. Going forward it’s imperative that the hounds get more balanced scoring.
Greyhound 3 Stars of the week
1st Star: Matt Murray – Made 69 saves while facing 74 shots for a .932 SV% in two key 1 goal road victories for the Hounds.
2nd Star: Michael Schumacher – Scored 3 goals and was a +3 on the weekend. More importantly though was the timing of his goals. A game winner on Friday with 1:37 left in the 3rd and an overtime forcing goal on Saturday with 0:43 left on the clock.
3rd Star: Ryan Sproul – Helped lead the charge on the weekend assisting on 4 goals including the game winner on Friday and all 3 goals on Saturday. Better yet Ryan was a +2 after being a minus player the opening weekend.