Gameday Preview: Greyhounds open trip in nation's capitalThursday, October 03, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds left Wednesday for their first extended road trip of the season, which kicks off Thursday night in Ottawa.
The Greyhounds make their lone appearance on Canadian Tire Centre, formerly known as Scotiabank Place, ice on Thursday night in the start of a three-game trip that also has stops on Saturday night at the Yardmen Arena in Belleville before wrapping up at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston on Sunday afternoon.
The 67’s enter action on Thursday night with a 2-2 record through the first two weeks of the season. Ottawa is coming off a 3-2 win over Niagara on Sept. 29. Joseph Blandisi scored a pair of goals for Ottawa in the win, including the game winner with just over five minutes left in regulation time. Overage goaltender Philippe Trudeau made 32 saves. Trudeau split last season between the Quebec League’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Val-d’Or Foreurs.
Winger Brendan Bell currently leads the 67’s in scoring with a goal and five points in four games. Blandisi (three goals, one assist), Taylor Fielding (three goals, one assists) and Travis Konecny (two goals, two assists) are in a three-way tie for second in team scoring.
The 67’s remain without high-scoring forward Sean Monahan, who remains up with the NHL’s Calgary Flames. The 67’s could be facing an entire season without the highly-skilled forward who made a strong impression during Flames training camp.
The Greyhounds enter the trip on the heels of a homestand that saw them pick up a win over the North Bay Battalion before dropping a shootout decision Saturday night to the Barrie Colts. Sergey Tolchinsky continued his torrid start to the season with a goal and an assist against North Bay and three goals against Barrie.
The Russian-born forward leads the Greyhounds with five goals and nine points in three games while second-year forward Jared McCann had five goals and seven points in three games as well to open the season.
Greyhounds goaltender Matt Murray is also off to a solid start to the season. The Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick has started all three games for the Greyhounds this season, posting a 2.27 goals against average and a 0.922 save percentage.
The Greyhounds enter the weekend road trip having received an honourable mention in the Canadian Hockey League’s weekly top 10 rankings, released on Wednesday. The Greyhounds were one of four OHL teams t garner recognition. Guelph, London and Kingston were all included in the top 10.
Thursdays other games around the league include:
- Niagara vs. North Bay (7:00 p.m.)
- Peterborough vs. Oshawa (7:05 p.m.)
- Windsor vs. Plymouth (7:05 p.m.)
To check out a recap of all of Wednesday's action around the OHL, click here.