Greyhounds end exhibition schedule against WolvesSunday, September 15, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds wrapped up their Ontario Hockey League pre-season schedule on Saturday evening at the Essar Centre.
The Greyhounds came out of the gate strong and opened up a 3-0 first period lead, only to have the Wolves scored four unanswered
Keefe wasn’t pleased with the late game melt down.
“We were very sloppy (late in the game),” said Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe. “We showed great signs of fatigue that really killed us. Losing (Alex) Gudbranson in the second period really hurt us. We were left with five defencemen that played last night and got in to bed at 4:30 in the morning.”
“When we had control of the game in the first period, we were free-wheeling out of our zone with the puck,” said Keefe. “When we saw the momentum change, we started to have trouble with it and it’s starting with our defence. They were taxed.
Keefe added that fatigue also played a role in the loss.
“That doesn’t give a free pass to our forwards either,” Keefe added. “I felt that they cheated. Things came easy to us in the first period and some of our forwards thought it was going to be an easy night. They were cutting corners and we’re not the type of team that can cut any corners.:
For the Greyhounds, Brandon Hughes set up all three goals in the loss while Tyler Ganly, Nick Pastorious and Tyler Gaudet completed the scoring. Goaltender Justin Nichols got the start for the Greyhounds and stopped all 14 shots he faced before making way for Brandon Halverson. Halverson stopped 16 shots.
Veteran defenceman Jeff Corbett scored a pair of goals for the Wolves in the win. Both goals came in the third period with the team down 3-1.
“He (Corbett) is a heck of a player,” Wolves coach Paul Fixter said. “His challenge this year is to do the things he’s capable of doing for an entire season.”
Danny Desrochers also scored a pair of goals for the Wolves in the win. His second of the night, which was the game-winner, came early in the final minute of the third period when Halverson made a stop on Matt Schmalz and Desrochers poked the loose puck past Halverson for the 4-3 lead.
For Fixter, the win was considered an important one for the Wolves as the regular season approaches.
“The win means an awful lot,” said Wolves coach Paul Fixter. “I don’t know if you can say there are character wins on Sept. 14 but that’s a character win for our hockey club. We challenged them after the first period. We were embarrassed. We had a young kid in net who hasn’t been there before and we challenged (the players) to help him out.”
The two teams are back at it for real next weekend as they open the OHL regular season against each other. The two teams meet on Friday night in Sudbury before returning to Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday night at the Essar Centre.