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Greyhounds end homestand with win over Generals (Updated)

Saturday, January 26, 2013   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The Soo Greyhounds rebounded on Saturday night after a disappointing effort in a shootout loss to the Windsor Spitfires on Friday night.

Saturday night saw six players have multi-point games for the Greyhounds as they scored a 6-4 win over the Oshawa Generals in Ontario Hockey League action. The win pulls the Greyhounds to within one point of the Sarnia Sting, who sit sixth in the OHL’s Western Conference standings. The Sting lost to Plymouth on Friday night.

Brandon Alderson led the way for the Greyhounds with three goals in the win. It also marked his second hattrick in four games.

“It goes to show what confidence will do for you,” said Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe of Alderson’s recent stretch. “He’s obviously feeling really good. He’s shooting the puck, which is a big part and they’re going in. When you’re a confident guy that shoots the puck the way he does, you’re going to find ways to score goals.”

Michael Schumacher had two goals and an assist in the win. Nick Cousins (three assists), Sergey Tolchinsky (two assists), Ryan Sproul (two assists) and Jared McCann (two assists) also had multi-point nights for the Greyhounds.

“That’s probably the most important thing for success in this league is your depth and everybody contributing,” Keefe said of the offensive spread. “Having the ability to have multiple lines that you can put out against a very dangerous forward group like that is nice for us to have. If you look at all of the successful teams in this league, they all have that.”

Andrew Fritsch also scored for the Greyhounds while goaltender Matt Murray stopped 23 shots.

Tyler Biggs scored a pair of goals for the Generals in the loss. Bradley Latour and Boone Jenner also scored. Goaltender Daniel Altshuller stopped 20 shots in two periods of action. Kenny Appleby played the third period and stopped nine shots.

“We got caught into their game and that’s not the way we play and we paid for it,” said Generals coach DJ Smith. “We’re not a team that scores off the rush. We like to chip it in and cycle, grind you down. We had guys trying to make plays and turning pucks over instead of playing a north-south game. We almost pulled it out at the end cheating all over the place but that’s not the way we play.”

Following the win, Keefe discussed his pleasure with the start the Greyhounds got off to.

“Our start was a lot better and we scored early which gave us some confidence,” said Keefe. “The guys played harder tonight and with a lot more purpose and we needed to. (Oshawa) is a good hockey club. They play fast and they play hard and have a lot of talent. In terms of how they play, that’s as hard as any team we’ve played. The first period was probably the fastest hockey that I’ve been a part of in this league.”

The Greyhounds return to action on Feb. 1st when they travel to Plymouth to face the Whalers.

For full results from around the OHL, click here.

Photo courtesy Jim Egan

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jinjin 1/26/2013 11:40:14 PM Report

Great game! Thank you so much for a great game! Matt, you are amazing to watch! GO Hounds GO!
houston 1/27/2013 11:46:51 AM Report

This was one of the most exciting games of the year. Oshawa has a really nice team; probably the biggest team in the league. I was disappointed in Broll trying to touch the puck as it was going into the empty net for Alderson"s third goal of the game. As a team mate, you always should want the player with two goals to get the third. But apparently, David Broll didn't see it that way. I would also like to see Broll stick up for his teammates a bit more. I always seem to see Nurse doing it. If this team is going to do anything in the playoffs, their skilled players have to be protected. Especially Cousins and Tolchinsky. Both those players are game changers and the other teams know it.
PipeBomb 1/27/2013 12:06:21 PM Report

Houston I see it a different way. I'll explain my thinking.

1.) Alderson took a weird angled shot and had a Generals D-Man covering him, Broll wanted to make sure it went in. When the game is on the line that goal NEEDS to go in. Ya, hat trick is a nice stat, the goal is more important.

2.) Broll is drafted by an NHL team, don't know if you have ever heard of them - the Toronto Maple Leafs - LOL. Let's see here:

Broll Option 1 - fight in a junior hockey league, maybe bust up his hands, wreck his chances at making the NHL.

Broll Option 2 - play tough and hard every night, concentrate on playing 2 way hockey and let guys like Ganly & Malette worry about fighting.

I'd like to think Broll is more concerned with making it to the Show. Also, maybe Toronto specifically told him "We don't want you fighting unless you're provoked into it"

That's the way I see it anyways... GREAT GAME & GREAT WIN!!!!
houston 1/27/2013 2:49:50 PM Report

Pipe Bomb; I am a Leaf fan. I like David Broll, but I don't think he will ever make the Leafs. The player that may make the Leafs was on the other team which is Tyler Biggs who just won a gold medal for USA. In addition, you can't expect the rookies to fight a 20 year old. In most cases, David Broll won't have to fight because there probably isn't a lot of opposing players that would fight him. All he has to do is send a message. If the opposing teams players want to run our stars, then we can run their stars.
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