Gameday Preview: Greyhounds return home to face SarniaWednesday, October 23, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Greyhounds open up a three-game homestand on Wednesday night s they host the Sarnia Sting in the first meeting between the two West Division teams this season.
The Greyhounds enter action on Wednesday night coming off a shootout loss on Sunday night in Oshawa. The team has suffered just one regulation loss this season – a 3-2 loss on the road in Kingston on Oct. 6. The Greyhounds have opened the season with an 8-1-0-2 record through 11 games.
The Sting have struggled to start the season with just four wins in 12 games. The team is currently in fifth in the West Division. The Sting have enjoyed some recent success, posting a 3-1 record through their last four games.
The big news out of Sarnia is the loss of forward, and former first round pick, Brett Hargrave. Hargrave left the team late last week and has requested a trade from the team. The sophomore forward would be the sixth first round pick from the 2012 OHL draft class to have changed teams since last year’s OHL trade deadline.
The other six players include Brook Hiddink, recently acquired by the Plymouth Whalers from the Niagara IceDogs. The other four were all dealt around the trade deadline last season. Jacob Middleton was dealt from Ottawa to Owen Sound, Zach Bratina was dealt from Plymouth to Saginaw, Matt Schmalz wound up in Sudbury by way of Kitchener and Brendan Perlini was dealt from Barrie to Niagara. Of note, Perlini is among the OHL’s leading scorers this season.
Sarnia defenceman Anthony DeAngelo is off to a solid start this season. The NHL draft eligible defenceman currently leads the Sting in scoring with six goals and 18 points in 11 games. That also puts him in the top 20 in OHL scoring and first among defencemen.
Goaltender Taylor Dupuis, acquired prior to the start of the regular season, is expected to get the start in goal tonight for Sarnia.
The Greyhounds have had an edge over the Sting, posting a record of 17-12-2-1 against the Sting over the past five seasons, which includes a record of 10-5-0-1 at the Essar Centre.
Tonight’s game is one of two on the OHL schedule as the other game sees the Erie Otters host the Plymouth Whalers in a 7 p.m. start.