Another winning week is in the books for the Greyhounds as they went 2-1-0-0 to improve to 5-2-0-0 on the season, good for second place in the Western Conference. Not all is good news though as Ryan Sproul has been knocked out for 2+ months with a broken arm suffered on a slash less than a minute into Saturday’s loss to Sarnia. What compounds things, is that Captain Colin Miller underwent surgery last weekend to deal with an inflamed bursa sac. As for my Bold Prediction of the week… well it was horrible weak. Having missed last year’s pink in the rink I was way off on the jersey auction totals as I was basing it off of experiences in the GTA. My hat goes off to Megan Dubas and the work she does organizing this event as the Greyhounds raised over $7,000 just from the jersey sales. McCann and Tolchinsky both went for $500. I only wish I was in that tax bracket. Now on to the past weeks games
Wednesday November 3rd
Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Soo Greyhounds 6
Sometimes it’s not how many saves you make but when you make them. In this case it was probably both. Matt Murray faced 44+ shots for the 4th time in 5 games. After allowing 3 quick goals in the first 6+ minutes of the 2nd Period Matt shut the door only giving up 1 goal the rest of the way in spite of facing another 21 shots and allowing the Hounds to launch another comeback. With the score 4-1 Matt Petaccio scored his 1st of the season with Jared McCann following that up with a beauty top corner over Jake Paterson’s shoulder.
After Saginaw made it 5-3 early in the 3rd the Hounds stepped on the gas. Andrew Fritsch struck right back a minute later, with an assist on the play Nick Cousins extended his point streak to 5 games. After Brandon Alderson missed on a penalty shot he was gifted with another breakaway only to be stopped again, unfortunately for the Spirit Petaccio was there to tap home his 2nd of the game and once again the Greyhounds fight back from a 3rd period deficit. The comeback was completed just 15 seconds later as Nick Cousins extended his goal streak to 4 games making this the 2nd time in 3 games that the hounds had scored 3 in the third period.
5 different goal scorers on the night for the Greyhounds but the defenitly unsung hero would have to be Tyler Ganly who stepped up and filled in for some big minutes when Darnell Nurse was giving a 10 minute misconduct for instigating early in the 2nd period.
Friday October 5th
Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Soo Greyhounds 4
For the 2nd time in this short season a nationally ranked team visited the Essar Centre and for the 2nd straight time the Greyhounds come out victorious. Once again a big thanks has to go out to Matt Murray. The Greyhounds for the 6th straight time this season were outshot in the 1st period this time by a total of 18-8. With Matt Murray turning aside all 18 shots it opened the door for the offence as Sergey Tolchinsky caught John Gibson going the wrong way and slipped a beauty by him on the far side to make it 1-0. Not to be out done David Broll bowled his way through 3 Kitchener defenders before sliding it to Dylan Staples who unleashed a rocket off the bar and behind Gibson to make it 2-0. Unlike the Plymouth game where the Hounds seemed to come undone after giving up a goal they answered right back this time with Tolchinsky potting his 2nd of the game after Radek Faska made it 2-1. Midway through the 3rd period the Greyhounds would give up their 4th PP goal of the week as Matt Puempel made it 3-2. Unfortunately for Ranger fans that is as close as they would get. Brandon Alderson finally cashed in on a breakaway albeit into an empty net but it extinguished any hope the Rangers had.
Another 40+ shots faced by Matt Murray. I am really starting to hope that his billets have a Jacuzzi for him to rest in after games. Other than that it was a strong game by David Broll who has continued to impress early in the season. It was also nice to see the PP click with 2 big goals that helped shift the momentum the Greyhounds way at key moments.
Saturday October 6th
Sarnia Sting 6 @ Soo Greyhounds 3
This looks like the type of game that will be a turning point. Ryan Sproul gets slashed cutting across the middle 45 seconds into the game and fractures his arm. The team gives up 4 power play goals in a loss to a division rival. Does the team start breaking apart at the seams or do the younger defenseman take a cue from GM Kyle Dubas’s team slogan and rise to the occasion?
After Hottot opened the scoring for Sarnia Alex Gudbrandson scored his first of the season firing a on timer in off the faceoff for a shorthanded goal. Whatever joy the hometown crowd had was short lived as Sarnia would quickly score 2 power play goals in the final 4 minutes to take a 2 goal lead into the second. In amongst the goal scoring David Broll left for the dressing room after blocking a shot. He did return for the 2nd but was obviously playing through pain as he wasn’t showing the quickness he had in the 1st. Brandon Alderson further endeared himself to Greyhound fans (if his constant breakaways hadn’t already) by firing the puck at the ref after a penalty call. Unfortunately for the already shorthanded hounds he was given a 10 minute misconduct on the play.
The penalty kill was the bane of the Hounds existence again in the 2nd giving up their 3rd of the game early as the Sting built their lead to 4-1. Nick Cousins became the first hound not named Broll or Tolchinsky to score a power play goal as the Hounds got to within 2 before the period ended.
The Greyhounds added another goal with the man advantage early in the 3rd with Tolchinsky’s 4th of the season. Again the Sting were able to strike back on the man advantage as Galchenyuk added his 2nd of the game. The sting would score a 6th later in the 3rd and that would be it for the scoring. For the first time this season the Greyhounds go a game without an even strength goal.
By The Numbers
8 – The number of power play goals given up by the Greyhounds this weekend.
6 – Number of games out of 7 in which the hounds have given up 40+ shots
2 – Number of Penalty shots awarded to Brandon Alderson this past week
0 – Number of Goals scored by Brandon Alderson on those Penalty shots.
70% - Season PK totals, good for 19th out of 20 OHL teams
7 – Consecutive games in which Nick Cousins has gotten a point
3 – Number of wins the Hounds have picked up on Friday night games
6 – The Greyhounds as a team have scored 6 more times at even strength than their opponents
3 Stars of the Week
1st Sergey Tolchinsky - Scored 3 power play goals for the Hounds this weekend including the game winner Friday night against the Rangers.
2nd David Broll – 4 assists on the week and again was a force on the forecheck. The puck just seems to be finding his stick in the neutral zone. Showed a lot of heart coming back Saturday when he obviously was not at 100%
3rd Tyler Ganly – Filled in and played some big minutes Wednesday and Saturday. Has improved every game and will need to keep getting better now that Spoul has joined captain Colin Miller in the press box.