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Gameday Preview: Greyhounds look to avenge early-season loss to Kitchener

Sunday, December 15, 2013   by: Brad Coccimiglio

\A three-game homestand, and the final homestand prior to Christmas, wraps up with a rare Sunday afternoon contest at the Essar Centre for the Soo Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds host the Kitchener Rangers in a 2 p.m. start on Sunday as their three-game homestand comes to a close.

The game is the second of four regular season meetings between the two clubs. The Greyhounds and Rangers last met on Nov. 17 in Kitchener. The game was the final game of a road trip for the Greyhounds and the Rangers skated away with a 5-3 win. Nick Magyar had two goals and an assist for the Rangers in the win. Radek Faksa and Ryan MacInnis added a goal and an assist each for Kitchener. Greyhounds goaltender Matt Murray stopped 45 shots in the loss. Full details from the game can be found here.

The Greyhounds are coming off a 3-0 win over the Oshawa Generals on Saturday night at the Essar Centre. Murray stopped all 40 shots he faced for his league-leading fourth shutout of the season. Click here for full details from the game.

Meanwhile, the Rangers are coming off a 5-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit in Saginaw on Saturday night. Darby Llewellyn had two goals and an assist in the win while goaltender Matthew Greenfield stopped 45 shots.

The Greyhounds enter Sunday’s game with a record of 22-8-0-3, good for 47 points and a six-point lead atop the OHL’s West Division. The Rangers sit fifth in the Midwest Division with a 12-19-0-1 record and 25 points.

The two remaining meetings between the Greyhounds and Rangers are set for Dec. 20 in Kitchener and Mar. 1 in Sault Ste. Marie.

Other games around the OHL on Sunday include (home team listed first):

  • Owen Sound vs. Windsor (2:00 p.m.)
  • Sudbury vs. North Bay (2:00 p.m.)
  • London vs. Kingston (4:00 p.m.)
  • Guelph vs. Erie (6:30 p.m.)

Puck drop Sunday afternoon a set for 2 p.m.

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TEAM LEADERS

Goals: SSM: Sergey Tolchinsky – 18; KIT: Darby Llewellyn – 18
Assists: SSM: Sergey Tolchinsky – 37; KIT: Nick Magyar – 14
Points: SSM: Sergey Tolchinsky – 55; KIT: Radek Faksa – 25
Penalty Minutes: SSM: Darnell Nurse – 62; KIT: Max Iafrate – 76

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