Gameday Preview: Greyhounds end three-game road trip in OshawaSunday, October 20, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds wrap up a three-game road trip on Sunday night at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa where they will take on the Generals.
The Greyhounds have an opportunity to return home with three victories from the trip after wins in Barrie on Thursday night and in Peterborough on Saturday.
The Greyhounds picked up a 1-0 win in Barrie on Thursday night thanks to a 38-save performance from Matt Murray and a goal by Blake Speers.
On Saturday night, Sergey Tolchinsky had two goals and three assists while Jared McCann added four assists in a 9-7 win by the Greyhounds over the Petes in Peterborough.
The Greyhounds enter the game with an 8-1-0-1 record and have won four straight since dropping a road decision in Kingston two weeks ago.
The Generals are also off to a strong start to the season, currently sitting in second place in the East Division, one point behind the Kingston Frontenacs thanks to an 8-2-0-1. The Generals have six wins and a shootout loss in their last seven games entering Sunday, which includes a 5-3 win over the London Knights in London on Friday night.
Scott Laughton had three goals in Friday’s win for the Generals while goaltender Daniel Altshuller stopped 43 shots.
Altshuller is currently fourth in the OHL in goals against average, sporting a 2.31 GAA in eight games. Greyhounds goaltender Matt Murray is tops in the league with a GAA of 1.61, also in eight games. The two netminders also have the top two save percentages in the OHL, Murray at 0.945 and Altshuller at 0.925.
Tolchinsky enters Sunday’s game leading the Greyhounds in goals (nine) and points (19) and is tied with McCann for the team lead in assists with 10. McCann is second in team scoring with 17 points.
Michael Dal Colle leads the Generals in scoring with 17 points in 11 goals while Laughton leads the team in goals with eight in just seven games. Laughton, recently returned to the Generals from the Philadelphia Flyers, had 15 points in those seven games.
Of note, the Greyhounds and Generals have the league’s lowest goals against totals. Through 10 games, the Greyhounds have given up 21 goals, which includes the seven give up on Saturday in Peterborough. Meanwhile the Generals have given up 28 goals through 11 games. The London Knights and Kitchener Rangers are tied for third, having given up 31 goals each.
The Greyhounds and Generals is one of just two games on the OHL schedule on Sunday. In the other game, the Guelph Storm host the Ottawa 67’s in a 2 p.m. start at the Sleeman Centre. It’s the lone appearance by the 67’s in Guelph this season.