Gameday Preview: Greyhounds prepare for first divisional gamesFriday, October 11, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds will get their first look at divisional opponents as a short two-game homestand opens up on Friday night at the Essar Centre.
The Greyhounds host the Plymouth Whalers in the first of six meetings between the two clubs this season Friday night in a 7:07 p.m. start.
Both teams enter the game having been off since the weekend. The Greyhounds are coming off a three-game road trip that saw them go 2-1. The Greyhounds wrapped up the trip on Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 loss in Kingston. Prior to that, the Greyhounds picked up wins in Â BeÂ lleville on Saturday and Ottawa on Thursday.Â
The Whalers played three games in three nights last week, beginning with a 5-1 loss in Windsor Thursday before splitting a home-and-home series with Saginaw on Friday and Saturday nights. The Whalers dropped a 5-2 decision in Saginaw Friday before recovering for a 4-3 overtime win the following night on home ice.
The Whalers enter Friday with a 3-5-0 record through eight games. Ryan Hartman currently leads the Whalers in scoring with six goals and nine points in seven games. Carter Sandlak is second with two goals and five points through eight games.
Jared McCann and Sergey Tolchinsky lead the Greyhounds in points with 11 through six games respectively. McCann leads the team with seven goals while Tolchinsky had six. Tyler Gaudet is also off to a strong start offensively for the Greyhounds. The overage forward has a pair of goals and six points in six games and leaves him one point behind Andrew Fritsch for second in team scoring. Fritsch has two goals and seven points.
Friday is expected to be the Greyhounds debut of newly acquired forward Jean Dupuy, who was acquired from Kingston earlier in the week. Dupuy skated with the Greyhounds during practice on Thursday afternoon, skating on a line with Blake Speers and Sergey Tolchinsky. No word yet on where Dupuy will be slotted into the Greyhound lines on Friday night.
Other games around the OHL on Friday night include:
- Kingston vs. Sudbury (7:00 p.m.)
- North Bay vs. Peterborough (7:00 p.m.)
- Sarnia vs. Windsor (7:05 p.m.)
- Kitchener vs. Erie (7:30 p.m.)
- London vs. Belleville (7:30 p.m.)
- Mississauga vs. Saginaw (7:30 p.m.)
- Ottawa vs. Guelph (7:30 p.m.)
- Oshawa vs. Barrie (7:35 p.m.)
For a full recap of games around the league earlier in the week, SooToday.com has nightly updates as well. Click on the corresponding day for a recap of that respective dayâ€™s games: