2 more games and 2 more wins that’s how week 4 unfolded for your Soo Greyhounds. After starting out 4-1-1 vs the east two division rivals Plymouth and Windsor proved no greater challenge. With 13 points in 8 games it is hard to complain about the end result. The Hounds currently sit 1st in the West division 1 point ahead of Saginaw with 3 games in hand. The Hounds have also been recognized as an honourable mention in the CHL top 10. This is the 2nd time they have been an honourable mention this season.

With the Hounds riding high there have been a few personnel moves within the division. The Windsor Spitfires have signed FA forwards Christiano DiGiacinto from the Hamilton Red Wings of the OJHL. I have had a chance to catch the Red Wings a few times this year and this is a player that Hounds fans will notice when he is on the ice. He is a skilled forward with a nose for the net, plays with lots of energy and is always looking for a big hit but is very undisciplined.

The Plymouth Whalers also decided to make a move by acquiring a former OHL 1st round pick in Brook Hiddink from the Niagara Ice Dogs for 3rd round pick and a 12th round pick. Nothing like a taking a 1st round pick and in 1 year and 9 games turning him into a 3rd and 12th round pick. Ladies and Gentleman the Niagara Ice Dogs have officially entered the Marty Williamson era.

Here is a look at some numbers for the Hounds through 4 weeks of the season.

87.9% - Currently the Hounds rank 2nd in the OHL on the PK.

33 – The Hounds have been shorthanded a league fewest total of 33 times.

22.2% - Currently 10th in the OHL on the PP.

1.84 – Matt Murray currently ranks 1st in the OHL in G.A.A.

3 – With his shutout on Saturday against Windsor Matt Murray now moves into a tie for 4th place on the Hounds all-time list.

1 – Number of goals scored by the Hounds big 3 of Jared McCann, Sergey Tolchinsky and Andrew Fritsch last week. It is great to see the Hounds pick up wins with balance as these 3 won’t always be as hot as they were the first few weeks.

.812 – The Greyhounds point percentage through 4 weeks of the season. Good enough for 3rd in the league.

52 – Career wins for goalie Matt Murray which puts in 4 behind Dan Cloutier and Shawn Simpson for 5th on the Hounds all-time list.

 

Prospect Update

I don’t plan on doing this every week but here is an update on a few of the Hounds prospects that are playing for various teams across the province.

Hayden Verbeek: Currently playing for the Chatham Maroons of the GOJHL Hayden has 4g and 12a so far in 11 games. What is most impressive is that only 1 of Hayden’s points have come on the power play.

Chris Klack: Pointless in 4 games Chris still has 3g and 11a so far in 14 games playing for the Ancaster Avalanche of the GOJHL.

Zach Senyshyn: Zach has 1 goal so far on the season through 13 games playing for Smith Falls of the CCHL

Medric Mercier: Playing for the Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL Medric is still pointless through 6 games but the Thunderbirds have yet to lose while he is in the lineup.

Patrick Desjardins: Currently manning the point for the Welland Canadians of the GOJHL this 2012 draft pick has 1g 6a through 13 games.

 

Barrie Colts –  Road Thursday October 17th

2013-14 Record Overall/Home (3-5-0-1)(2-3-0-0)

Barrie Currently sits 5th in the Central Division
Handed the Greyhounds a 4-3 shootout loss at the Essar Centre back on September 28th
Ekblad, Hall and Bradford where the Barrie goal scorers in that victory.
Barrie is currently on a 5 game winless streak.
The Colts currently have 3 goalies on their roster in Alex Fontinos, Mackenzie Blackwood and Daniel Gibl
The Barrie PP currently sits 7th in the OHL with a 23.4% success rate. Their PK sits 14th in the league at 77.1%

Draft Eligibles and others to watch

Aaron Ekblad – “A” Prospect and consensus top 5 pick for the upcoming NHL entry draft, Aaron was the 2nd player given exceptional status to join the OHL and has since been joined by Conner McDavid and Sean Day.

Mathew Kreis – Barrie’s 1st round pick from this past May’s priority selection. Mathew is off to a great start with 1g and 4a in 7 games for the Colts.

Brendan Lemieux – Son of former NHLer Claude Lemieux, Brendan joined the Colts mid-season last year and has proven to be every bit the pest his father was but with some nice offensive upside.

 

Peterborough Petes –  Road Saturday October 19th

2013-14 Record Overall/Home (5-3-0-1)(2-2-0-0)

The Pete’s currently sit 3rd in the OHL’s East Division
The Pete’s have been outscored 26-17 in their 4 home games so far this year
The Hounds were 1-1 against the Pete’s last year losing their only visit to Peterborough which took place during hockey day in Canada
McCann, Mallette and Tolchinsky are the Hounds only returning goal scorers against Peterborough from last year. No current Pete scored against the Hounds while in a Pete’s uniform last year.
Peterborough’s PP ranks 5th in the league with a  25.7% success rate while their PK sits 20th with a 63.3% success rate

 

Draft Eligibles and others to watch

Anthony Stefano – SSM native spent last season with the Soo North Stars of the GNML where he picked up 99 points in 33 games. Currently though 8 games he has 2g and 2a

Nick Richie – Former 2nd overall pick this late ’95 birthday was given an “A” ranking from NHL CS. A rare blend of spend, size and skill Nick is starting to come into his own after dealing with injuries his first few years in the league. With 5 goals in 9 games Nick is definitely trending upwards.

 

Oshawa Generals Road Sunday October 20th

2013-14 Record Overall/Away (7-2-0-1)(3-1-0-1)

- The Gens currently sit 2nd in the East Division

- Michael Del Colle and Josh Sterk are currently tied for 5th in league scoring with 16 points each

- The Gens PP currently sits 4th in the OHL with a 26.3% success rate while their PK sits 5th at 85.2%

- The Hounds were 1-1 against the Gens last year losing their in their only trip to Oshawa.

- Tolchinsky picked up 3 assists in 2 games against the Gens last year while Jared McCann picked up 2 helpers.

 

Draft Eligibles and Others to watch

Michael Del Colle – An “A” rated player my NHL CS Michael has started off on fire with 6g and 10a in 10 games so far this year.

Scott Laughton – A 1st roun

2 more games and 2 more wins that’s how week 4 unfolded for your Soo Greyhounds. After starting out 4-1-1 vs the east two division rivals Plymouth and Windsor proved no greater challenge. With 13 points in 8 games it is hard to complain about the end result. The Hounds currently sit 1st in the West division 1 point ahead of Saginaw with 3 games in hand. The Hounds have also been recognized as an honourable mention in the CHL top 10. This is the 2nd time they have been an honourable mention this season.

With the Hounds riding high there have been a few personnel moves within the division. The Windsor Spitfires have signed FA forwards Christiano DiGiacinto from the Hamilton Red Wings of the OJHL. I have had a chance to catch the Red Wings a few times this year and this is a player that Hounds fans will notice when he is on the ice. He is a skilled forward with a nose for the net, plays with lots of energy and is always looking for a big hit but is very undisciplined.

The Plymouth Whalers also decided to make a move by acquiring a former OHL 1st round pick in Brook Hiddink from the Niagara Ice Dogs for 3rd round pick and a 12th round pick. Nothing like a taking a 1st round pick and in 1 year and 9 games turning him into a 3rd and 12th round pick. Ladies and Gentleman the Niagara Ice Dogs have officially entered the Marty Williamson era.

Here is a look at some numbers for the Hounds through 4 weeks of the season.

87.9% - Currently the Hounds rank 2nd in the OHL on the PK.

33 – The Hounds have been shorthanded a league fewest total of 33 times.

22.2% - Currently 10th in the OHL on the PP.

1.84 – Matt Murray currently ranks 1st in the OHL in G.A.A.

3 – With his shutout on Saturday against Windsor Matt Murray now moves into a tie for 4th place on the Hounds all-time list.

1 – Number of goals scored by the Hounds big 3 of Jared McCann, Sergey Tolchinsky and Andrew Fritsch last week. It is great to see the Hounds pick up wins with balance as these 3 won’t always be as hot as they were the first few weeks.

.812 – The Greyhounds point percentage through 4 weeks of the season. Good enough for 3rd in the league.

52 – Career wins for goalie Matt Murray which puts in 4 behind Dan Cloutier and Shawn Simpson for 5th on the Hounds all-time list.

 

Prospect Update

I don’t plan on doing this every week but here is an update on a few of the Hounds prospects that are playing for various teams across the province.

Hayden Verbeek: Currently playing for the Chatham Maroons of the GOJHL Hayden has 4g and 12a so far in 11 games. What is most impressive is that only 1 of Hayden’s points have come on the power play.

Chris Klack: Pointless in 4 games Chris still has 3g and 11a so far in 14 games playing for the Ancaster Avalanche of the GOJHL.

Zach Senyshyn: Zach has 1 goal so far on the season through 13 games playing for Smith Falls of the CCHL

Medric Mercier: Playing for the Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL Medric is still pointless through 6 games but the Thunderbirds have yet to lose while he is in the lineup.

Patrick Desjardins: Currently manning the point for the Welland Canadians of the GOJHL this 2012 draft pick has 1g 6a through 13 games.

 

Barrie Colts –  Road Thursday October 17th

2013-14 Record Overall/Home (3-5-0-1)(2-3-0-0)

  • Barrie Currently sits 5th in the Central Division
  • Handed the Greyhounds a 4-3 shootout loss at the Essar Centre back on September 28th
  • Ekblad, Hall and Bradford where the Barrie goal scorers in that victory.
  • Barrie is currently on a 5 game winless streak.
  • The Colts currently have 3 goalies on their roster in Alex Fontinos, Mackenzie Blackwood and Daniel Gibl

The Barrie PP currently sits 7th in the OHL with a 23.4% success rate. Their PK sits 14th in the league at 77.1%

Draft Eligibles and others to watch

Aaron Ekblad – “A” Prospect and consensus top 5 pick for the upcoming NHL entry draft, Aaron was the 2nd player given exceptional status to join the OHL and has since been joined by Conner McDavid and Sean Day.

Matthew Kreis – Barrie’s 1st round pick from this past May’s priority selection. Mathew is off to a great start with 1g and 4a in 7 games for the Colts.

Brendan Lemieux – Son of former NHLer Claude Lemieux, Brendan joined the Colts mid-season last year and has proven to be every bit the pest his father was but with some nice offensive upside.

 

Peterborough Petes –  Road Saturday October 19th

2013-14 Record Overall/Home (5-3-0-1)(2-2-0-0)

The Pete’s currently sit 3rd in the OHL’s East Division
The Pete’s have been outscored 26-17 in their 4 home games so far this year
The Hounds were 1-1 against the Pete’s last year losing their only visit to Peterborough which took place during hockey day in Canada
McCann, Mallette and Tolchinsky are the Hounds only returning goal scorers against Peterborough from last year. No current Pete scored against the Hounds while in a Pete’s uniform last year.
Peterborough’s PP ranks 5th in the league with a  25.7% success rate while their PK sits 20th with a 63.3% success rate

 

Draft Eligibles and others to watch

Anthony Stefano – SSM native spent last season with the Soo North Stars of the GNML where he picked up 99 points in 33 games. Currently though 8 games he has 2g and 2a

Nick Richie – Former 2nd overall pick this late ’95 birthday was given an “A” ranking from NHL CS. A rare blend of spend, size and skill Nick is starting to come into his own after dealing with injuries his first few years in the league. With 5 goals in 9 games Nick is definitely trending upwards.

 

Oshawa Generals Road Sunday October 20th

2013-14 Record Overall/Away (7-2-0-1)(3-1-0-1)

- The Gens currently sit 2nd in the East Division

- Michael Del Colle and Josh Sterk are currently tied for 5th in league scoring with 16 points each

- The Gens PP currently sits 4th in the OHL with a 26.3% success rate while their PK sits 5th at 85.2%

- The Hounds were 1-1 against the Gens last year losing their in their only trip to Oshawa.

- Tolchinsky picked up 3 assists in 2 games against the Gens last year while Jared McCann picked up 2 helpers.

 

Draft Eligibles and Others to watch

Michael Del Colle – An “A” rated player my NHL CS Michael has started off on fire with 6g and 10a in 10 games so far this year.

Scott Laughton – A 1st round NHL pick of the Philidelphia Flyers Scott missed the first few games while still with the big club. Since coming back Scott has been on fire with 5g and 7a in 6 games

Josh Sterk – Picked up from the Kitchener Rangers just before the start of the season Josh has proven to be a boon for Oshawa. With 5g and 11a Josh has helped round out the offense and has given the Generals line up great flexibility.

d NHL pick of the Philidelphia Flyers Scott missed the first few games while still with the big club. Since coming back Scott has been on fire with 5g and 7a in 6 games

Josh Sterk – Picked up from the Kitchener Rangers just before the start of the season Josh has proven to be a boon for Oshawa. With 5g and 11a Josh has helped round out the offense and has given the Generals line up great flexibility.