Greyhounds end homestand with loss (Updated)Saturday, October 06, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
Come-from-behind victories have been a trademark for the Soo Greyhounds early on in the Ontario Hockey League season but they learned on Saturday night it’s not a trend that can become a habit.
The Greyhounds fell behind 4-2 through two periods and dropped a 6-3 decision to the Sarnia Sting on Saturday night at the Essar Centre.
“We got outworked in our own building,” said Greyhounds coach Mike Stapleton. “If we don’t have Matt Murray in net, it could have been a lot worse. He made some unbelievable saves for us.”
For the sixth straight game, Murray stopped 30+ shots, making 37 saves in Saturday night’s loss.
Alex Gudbranson, Sergey Tolchinsky and Nick Cousins scored for the Greyhounds in the loss while Andrew Fritsch had a pair of assists.
The Sarnia power play was tough on the Greyhounds in the game as the Sting scored four times on the power play in six opportunities.
“It’s a special teams game nowadays and our penalty kill wasn’t very good tonight,” said Stapleton. “We can’t expect Matt to make 15 point blank saves.”
Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu said the Sarnia power play is beginning to come together after a tough start to the season.
“It’s been a slow start to the season but our power play is slowly getting better,” said Beaulieu. “It looks like Charlie Sarault, Alex Galchenyuk and Reid Boucher are finally clicking now. With the skill that those guys have, our power play should be fine.”
Galchenyuk finished the night with two goals and two assists, all on the power play while Boucher had a goal and two assists. Sarault had two assists as well in the Sarnia victory. Of the nine points put up by the three, eight came on the power play.
Justice Dundas and Craig Hottot had a goal and an assist each for Sarnia in the win while defenceman Anthony DeAngelo assisted on two goals. Nikolay Goldobin also scored for Sarnia.
Sarnia goaltender Brodie Barrick stopped 28 shots in his first OHL start.
With the loss, the Greyhounds record drops to 5-2-0-0 while the Sting improve to 2-3-0-1.
The Greyhounds now prepare for a three-game road trip that opens on Oct. 11 in Windsor.
In Erie, Kyle Platzer scored in the ninth shootout round to give the London Knights a 4-3 win over the Erie Otters. Max Domi and Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist each for the Knights in the win while Connor Brown had a goal and an assist for the Otters.
In Kingston, Taylor Dupuis stopped 32 shots as the Sudbury Wolves beat the Kingston Frontenacs 3-2. Nathan Pancel had a goal and an assist for the Wolves in the win. Cody Alcock scored a pair of goals for the Frontenacs.
In Belleville, Brendan Gaunce and Garrett Hooey had a goal and an assist each as the Belleville Bulls beat the Ottawa 67’s 5-3. Michael Curtis and Sergey Kuptsov added two assists each in the win. Jacob Blair stopped 41 shots for the 67’s in the loss.
In Plymouth, Stefan Noesen had a pair of goals to lead the Plymouth Whalers to a 6-3 win over the Niagara IceDogs. Alex Aleardi, Cody Payne and Matthew Mistele added a goal and an assist each in the win. Ryan Strome had a goal and an assist for the IceDogs in the loss.
In Saginaw, Garret Ross scored the shootout winner as the Saginaw Spirit beat the Kitchener Rangers 2-1. Ross had the lone goal in regulation for the Spirit while Darby Llewellyn scored for the Rangers.
In Barrie, Mark Scheifele scored with 39 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Barrie Colts a 4-3 win over the Peterborough Petes. Colts goaltender Alex Fotinos stopped 35 shots in the win. Andrew D’Agostini stopped 34 shots for the Petes in the loss.
In Owen Sound, Daniel Catenacci scored the shootout winner as the Owen Sound Attack beat the Guelph Storm 4-3. Zach Nastasiuk and Gemel Smith had a goal and an assist each for Owen Sound while Scott Kosmachuk scored a pair of goals for Guelph.