Another eastern road swing and another winning record as the Hounds were able to pick up 5 out of 6 points and now have 9 in 6 road games all against Eastern Conference opponents.
Sergey Tolchinsky received honourable mention for player of the week as he picked up 4 goals and 4 assists in 3 games.
Week 6 has the Hounds playing their 3rd game against a Western Conference opponent when the Sarnia Stink come into town Wednesday night. Two more Eastern Conference teams come in on the weekend when Belleville and Kingston finish off their season series against the Hounds. Currently the Hounds are 2-0-0-0 against the west and 6-1-0-2 against the East.
Here is a look at some numbers for the Hounds through 5 weeks of the season.
87.0% - Currently the Hounds rank 4th in the OHL on the PK.
33 – The Hounds have been shorthanded a league fewest total of 33 times.
21.5% - Currently 10th in the OHL on the PP.
9 for 19 – Hounds power play when trailing. They haven’t trailed often this year but when they do their power play has been fantastic
1 for 21 – The Hounds are really struggling on the power play when the score is tied. The only time they have taken a lead on the power play was the opening goal in the Windsor game.
7 – Power Play goals scored by Sergei Tolchinsky which is good enough for 2nd in the OHL
1.86 – Matt Murray currently ranks 1st in the OHL in G.A.A.
4 – With his shutout on Saturday against Windsor Matt Murray 4th place on the Hounds all-time list all to himself
126 – With 126 career games in a Hounds uniform Matt Murray ranks 4th on the team’s all-time list
4 – With 4 goals already this season Blake Speers has scored the most goals in his 16yo season by an 11th overall pick since Carter Sandlak in 09-10.
.818 – The Greyhounds point percentage through 4 weeks of the season. Good enough for 1st in the league with the Kingston Frontacs.
53 – Career wins for goalie Matt Murray which puts him 3 behind Dan Cloutier and Shawn Simpson for 5th on the Hounds all-time list.
Sarnia Sting – Home Wednesday October 23rd
2013-14 Record Overall/Away (4-7-0-1)(2-2-0-0)
James Warner Smith night at the essar centre as the greatest anthem singer in the OHL returns for one night only Hounds were 5-3 against the Stink last year including a perfect 3-0 once the calendar turned over to 2013 Sting 2012 1st round pick Brett Hargrave has left the team and returned home and is currently waiting to be traded The Sting are struggling with their PP ranks 19th at 14.7% while their PK is thriving sitting 2nd in the league at 87.5%
Draft Eligibles and others to watch
Anthony DeAngelo: Late ’95 birthday not only leads all draft eligible Dmen in scoring but leads all OHL defenders in that category.
Nikolay Goldobin: Russian import is another late ’95 birthday who was a point a game player as a rookie last year and is keeping up that pace this year in his sophomore season in the O.
Belleville Bulls – Home Friday October 25th
2013-14 Record Overall/Home (2-8-1-1)(0-6-0-1)
The Hounds beat the Bulls in Belleville back on October 5th 4-0 Since their last meeting the Bulls have added Remi Elli from London and Mark Raycroft from North Bay. The Bulls PP sits 15th in the league at 18.9% while their PK sits 18th at 68.8% First of 3 in a row for Belleville who play Sudbury on Saturday and North Bay on Sunday.
Draft Eligibles and others to watch
Charlie Graham: Went undrafted last year but has a rather solid track record in the O. He has been busy this year having faced an average of 43.5 shots per 60 minutes of action. Faced 72 shots in a regulation win against Guelph earlier this year.
Brendan Gaunce: Vancouver Canucks 1st round pick has been a point a game player his last 2 full seasons. Should be an invite to the world junior camp with a strong chance of making Team Canada.
Kingston Frontnacs Home Saturday October 26th
2013-14 Record Overall/Home (8-1-1-1)(3-0-1-0)
Pink in the Rink night in Sault Ste Marie Hounds lost to the Fronts in their trip to Kingston back on October 6th 3-2 Fronts PP ranks 14th in the league at 19% while their PK sits 12th at 79.1% This will be Kingston’s 3rd in 3 nights as they play in North Bay on Thursday and Sudbury on Saturday. Averaging 5.45 goals a game which is tops in the OHL Leading scorer Henri Ikonen has 21 points in 9 games. Spencer Watson currently has the 4th longest active point streak at 5 games.
Draft Eligibles and Others to watch
Roland McKeown: 2nd overall pick in the 2012 OHL priority selection was one of 3 “A” rated players by NHLCS that play for the Fronts. Currently leads the OHL in +/-
Sam Bennett: Picked up with the comp 1st round pick the Fronts received for not signing Max Domi. Was instrumental in helping Canada win gold at last year’s U18 tournament. Missed the 1st game between these 2 serving a suspension for slew footing.
Lawson Crouse: Fronts 1st round pick this year is acclimatizing himself quite well to the OHL with 5 goals in 11 games.