Friday November 16th
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Soo Greyhounds 3
The Hounds came into this game in desperate need of a win. Having only picked up 1 point in their previous 5 games they had slipped into 9th in the Western Conference. Also this is the final time the Battalion would be in S.S.M as the league B.O.G’s would approve their relocation to North Bay for the 2013-14 season on Monday afternoon.
A fast start had the Hounds take an early 2-0 lead on goals by Jared McCann and Andrew Fritsch as Justin Nichols stood tall between the pipes making 15 saves to keep the Battalion of the scoreboard.
The second period saw a lot of rubber fired Nichols way again as the Battion fired 17 shots in the frame. As has been an issue with the Hounds multiple times this year the flood gates opened and in 4:22 Brampton would score 3 goals to take the lead into the 3rd period. Paul, Foglia and Blujus would be your goal scorers with S.S.M. native Matt Amadio picking up an assist on the 3rd Brampton goal.
With 5 minutes left in the 3rd Barclay Goodrow put it out of reach with his team leading 14th of the season. Jared McCann would get one back with 13 seconds left but by that point it was all over but the crying. Brampton came in and clearly outplayed the Hounds and racked up 46 shots on goal
Sunday November 18
Sarnia Sting @ Soo Greyhounds
The Sting walked into the Essar Center on Sunday night without the services of Alex Galchenyuk who was out with the Flu. Winless in two games the Sting had been off since a loss in Barrie on Thursday night. Justin Nichols was in between the pipes again as Matt Murray was battling the flu and not even available to back up. A flu bug is going around the Hounds dressing room with reports that as many as 10 players were dealing with varying degrees of symptoms
Once again a quick start for the Hounds as they would connect on 2 of their first 3 shots. Colin Miller opened the scoring with a knuckler off of a Sarnia stick that Brodie Barrick had no chance on. 2 minutes later Nick Cousins would add his 9th of the year with a perfectly placed shot under the crossbar. Sarnia Coach Jacques Beaulieu had seen enough and Pulled Barrick in favour of JP Anderson in hopes of sparking his team. Unfortunately for Sting fans sparking the team on this night would prove futile as Schumacher and Tolchinsky would make it 4-0 before the end of the period.
More of the same from the Hounds in the 2nd period as Andrew Fritsch would get his 2nd of the weekend and 9th of the season on the PP from the side of the net. A place he has made a habit of scoring from on the man advantage this season. Trent Mallette would then add his 1st career OHL goal 5 minutes later to put the hounds up 6-0 their largest lead at any point this season. The final shots in the 2nd were 15-10 in favour of the Hounds, the only time this weekend that they would outshoot their oppenents in a 20 minute stanza.
5 more goals would be added in the 3rd period and luckily for the Essar Centre staff the red lights on either end did not burn out their light bulbs. 3 more for the Hounds and 2 for the Sting to give you a 9-2 final. The hounds largest victory of the season.
By The Numbers
100 – With an assist on Jared McCann’s 1st period goal David Broll recorded his 100th career OHL point.
10 – With 3 assists this weekend Tyler Ganly now has 10 points on the season. Good enough for 4th in the league among 1st time Draft Eligible defencemen.
5 – With Nick Cousin’s SHG in the 3rd period Sunday the Greyhounds moved into a tie for first in the league with Erie for most SHG’s this season. Not that it has been a harbinger of success as these teams sit 8th and 10th in the West respectively.
10 for 11 – The Hounds PK was stellar on the weekend killing for 10 of the 11 power play’s they faced.
0 – The number of minor penalties taken by Darnell Nurse this weekend. Being the Hounds best penalty killer it is imperative that he stays out of the box while maintaining his physical edge.
40% - On the weekend the Hounds scored on 40% of their 1st period shots. For a team that has made a habit of starting slowly this was a nice change.
1 – With the win on Sunday Justin Nichols picked up his first Career OHL win. Also as stated earlier Trent Mallette picked up his first career OHL goal.
.922 – Justin Nichols stopped over 92% of the shots he faced. A weekend save percentage that Greyhound fans have longed for.
3 Stars of the Week
1st Andrew Fritsch: An offensive star all weekend for the Hounds Andrew picked up 2g and 3a while maintain a +6 rating
2nd Justin Nichols: Picked up his 1st career win and kept the Hounds in it against the Battalion. Had a weekend save percentage of .922
3rd Tyler Ganly: Tied with Alex Gudbranson with the most assists by a dman on the weekend with 3. He also was a either a plus or even player in both games.