Gameday Preview: Greyhounds open three-game trip in BarrieThursday, October 17, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
With a 6-1-0-1 record through eight games, the Soo Greyhounds embark on a three-game road trip that begins Thursday night against one of the teams that has beaten them this season.
In Ontario Hockey League action on Thursday, the Greyhounds are in Barrie to take on the Colts.
The Colts scored a 4-3 shootout victory over the Greyhounds at the Essar Centre in their other meeting this season, Sept. 28 in Sault Ste. Marie.
Mitchell Theoret had the game winner for the Colts in the last meeting between the two clubs, a game that saw Greyhounds forward Sergey Tolchinsky score three times in the loss.
Both teams have been off since the weekend with the Greyhounds picking up a pair of wins on home ice while the Colts dropped three games last week. The Colts lost back-to-back 2-1 decisions in a home-and-home series with the Oshawa Generals on Thursday and Friday nights before losing 2-1 on Saturday night at the Barrie Molson Centre against the Mississauga Steelheads.
The three losses left the Colts with a 3-5-0-0 record as they are currently last in the Central Division. On the other end of the scale, the Greyhounds are 6-1-0-1and in first in the West Division. The Greyhounds have a slime one-point lead over the Saginaw Spirit though the Spirit have played three more games.
Matt Murray of the Greyhounds enters the game as one of the OHL’s hottest goaltenders. The Pittsburgh Penguins prospect has five wins and currently leads the league with a 1.84 goals against average. He also leads the league with a 0.935 save percentage and his five wins are tied for second in the league.
Russian forward Sergey Tolchinsky is currently third in the league in power play goals with four of his seven markers coming by way of the man advantage. Tolchinsky and Jared McCann currently lead the team with seven goals and 13 points each.
Overage forward Mitchell Theoret leads the Colts in scoring with three goals and eight points. Alex Fotinos had all three Colts wins in goal, sporting a perfect 3-0-0-0 record though his GAA stands at 4.10. His save percentage has also taken a hit early in the year at 0.869.
Other games around the league on Thursday night include:
- Niagara vs. Ottawa (7:00 p.m.)
- North Bay vs. Plymouth (7:00 p.m.)
- Peterborough vs. Mississauga (7:05 p.m.)
- Sarnia vs. Saginaw (7:05 p.m.)
- Windsor vs. Guelph (7:05 p.m.)
The Greyhounds road trip continues with stops in Peterborough on Saturday and Oshawa on Sunday night before returning home for three games.