Greyhounds win fourth straight in Peterborough (Updated)Saturday, October 19, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds have assured themselves of at least four points on their current three-game road trip.
The Greyhounds skated to a 9-7 win over the Peterborough Petes in at the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Saturday night in Ontario Hockey League action.
The win saw the team battle back from deficits throughout the first half of the game before taking the lead thanks to a five-goal outburst in the second period.
“I think wild is a pretty good way to describe it,” said Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe. “Right from the get-go the very first goal of the game, we put into our own net on a pass across the slot that (Sergey) Tolchinsky tries to stop it and instead redirects it right underneath the crossbar t start the night. From then it was just an onslaught of wild plays and goals after that.”
The Greyhounds trailed by scores of 3-1 and 5-3 prior to the offensive outburst in the middle frame that gave the team an 8-5 lead. The Petes would score a pair of goals late in the second period but they couldn’t find the equalizer and Jorgen Karterud sealed the Greyhounds win with an empty net goal in the final minute of action.
“It was good for the team to have to deal with all of the ups and downs and all the adversities of having to come back from behind and do things that we haven’t necessarily had to do this season,” said Keefe. “Having a bunch of goals against like that weighs on a team so it was good for our team to have to go through that.”
Sergey Tolchinsky led the way offensively with two goals and three assists while Jared McCann chipped in with four assists. Karterud and Michael Bunting had a goal and two assists each for the Greyhounds while Andrew Fritsch added a pair of goals. Blake Speers, Tyler Gaudet and Mac Clutsam had the other Greyhounds goals.
Goaltender Brandon Halverson stopped 34 shots in the win.
“I never considered making a change in goal,” said Keefe. “I thought it was important for Halvy to battle through it and figure it out and i thought it was important for the team to battle through it and figure it out. We did and Halvy did too. Right at the start of the third period, their best player, Nick Ritchie, gets a breakaway from the redline in and (Halverson) was right there up to the task and he battled the rest of the way.”
The Greyhounds now prepare for their final road game for the weekend which is set for 6:05 p.m. Sunday night in Oshawa against the Generals.