Gameday Preview: Greyhounds prepare for game two, Brace suspendedSaturday, March 23, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
After a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in overtime on Thursday night, the Soo Greyhounds will look to rebound on Saturday night in game two of their first round Ontario Hockey League playoff series with the Owen Sound Attack.
Daniel Milne scored just under five minutes into overtime to give the Attack the game one win.
Of further concern for the Greyhounds was the status of rookie forward Jared McCann. McCann took a hit from Owen Sound’s Cameron Brace early in the second period and left the game. McCann was taken to hospital for observation and the team has announced that McCann will be out of the lineup indefinitely with what the Greyhounds describe as “significant head and neck injuries.”
The news comes at a time when the Greyhounds received a boost by the early return of Sergey Tolchinsky from injury. After suffering and upper body injury during a morning skate last weekend, the prognosis was three to four weeks recovery for the import forward. Instead, intense rehab got Tolchinsky back into the lineup for game one against the Attack on Thursday.
The OHL playoff schedule sees four games on tap for Tuesday, including:
Game 2 – Plymouth vs. Sarnia (Plymouth leads series 1-0) – Plymouth took game one in Plymouth on Friday night with an 11-2 win. OHL scoring leader Vincent Trocheck scored three times in the win.
Game 2 – Belleville vs. Mississauga (Belleville leads series 1-0) – Belleville opened the series with an 8-1 win on Thursday night. Brendan Gaunce had two goals and two assists in the win for the Bulls.
Game 2 – Barrie vs. Kingston (Barrie leads series 1-0) – Mathias Niederberger stopped 33 shots in Barrie’s 3-1 series-opening win on Thursday night.
Game 2 – Owen Sound vs. Sault Ste. Marie (Owen Sound leads series 1-0) – Daniel Milne scored five minutes into overtime as Owen Sound took game one 2-1.
Update: On Saturday afternoon, the OHL announced that Brace has been suspended five games for his hit on McCann. A release issued by the Attack regarding the suspension was quoted as saying, “Based on video review, the initial point of contact on Brace’s hit seems to be the left side of McCann’s chest.
The Owen Sound Attack organization will have no further public comment at this time regarding the suspension.”
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