Greyhounds road trip ends on tough noteSunday, October 06, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds wrapped up their first road trip of the Ontario Hockey League season on Sunday afternoon in a battle of teams unbeaten in regulation time.
The Kingston Frontenacs remain unbeaten in regulation time with a 6-0-0-1 record after picking up a narrow 3-2 win over the Greyhounds at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston.
The two teams traded early goals before Jean DuPuy scored late in the second period to give the Frontenacs a 2-1 lead. Henri Ikonen scored what would eventually be the game-winning goal on the power play midway through the third period, Darnell Nurse would score in the final minute of play but the Greyhounds couldn’t tie the game, ending their three-game trip with four of six points.
“Our guys worked hard but like all the games on this trip, we had good moments,” said Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe. “Any issues that we had in today’s game were less a result of us playing poorly and more a result of us playing a very good opponent. Their veterans have developed into a really good team that is well coached and it’s clear that they’ve grown up together and are experienced. They play hard and fast and had us on our heels for a good portion of the game. Our team showed lots of fight right until the end.”
Jorgen Karterud had the other goal for the Greyhounds in the loss. Veteran goaltender Matt Murray was solid, stopping 33 shots for the Greyhounds.
“Once again he was really good,” Keefe said of the veteran goaltender. “It’s starting to get to the point not where it’s not just that he played well. He’s certainly showing the signs that he’s turned the corner and has a lot to prove. We were thrilled with his play again today. He was very solid and he gave us a chance to hang around.”
Ikonen scored twice for the Frontenacs in the win while Ryan Kujawinski chipped in with a pair of assists. Overage goaltender Matt Mahalak got the start for Kingston and stopped 31 shots in the win.
The Greyhounds will take a day off on Monday before resuming practice on Tuesday in preparation for a pair of games on home ice next weekend.
The Greyhounds host a pair of division games for their next homestand. The Plymouth Whalers make their first trip north for a Friday night matchup at the Essar Centre in a 7:07 p.m. start. The following night, the Windsor Spitfires take on the Greyhounds at the Essar, also in a 7:07 p.m. start.