Two Greyhounds included on Team OHLWednesday, October 30, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
A pair of Soo Greyhounds will be part of the Ontario Hockey League team that will skate in the CHL Subway Super Series in November against a team comprised of potential players for the Russian National Junior Team.
Goaltender Matt Murray and defenceman Darnell Nurse were named to Team OHL earlier this morning and will compete in both Ontario games in the six-game series, scheduled for Nov. 21 in Oshawa and Nov. 25 in Sudbury.
Murray currently leads the OHL with a 1.98 goals against average and his .934 save percentage is also tops in the league. Murray’s two shutouts have him in a three-way tie for the league lead while his eight wins are third most.
Nurse is currently third in scoring among OHL defencemen with three goals and 15 points in 13 games this season. The Greyhounds captain also competed at Hockey Canada’s summer evaluation camp.
Murray and Nurse are two of 13 players that will compete in both Ontario games for the OHL team. Murray is the lone goaltender playing in both.
Other OHL players participating in both games include defencemen Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack), Josh Brown (Oshawa Generals), Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts) and Adam Pelech (Erie Otters) along with forwards Josh Anderson (London Knights), Connor Brown (Erie Otters), Max Domi (London Knights), Brendan Gaunce (Belleville Bulls), Bo Horvat (London Knights), Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals) and Connor McDavid (Erie Otters).
Rounding out the OHL roster for the game in Oshawa will be goaltender Daniel Altshuller (Oshawa); defencemen Matt Finn (Guelph) and Slater Koekkoek (Windsor); and forwards Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa), Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph), Brock McGinn (Guelph), Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound) and Kerby Rychel (Windsor).
The roster for the game in Sudbury will also include goaltender Jake Paterson (Saginaw); defenceman Trevor Carrick (Mississauga); and forwards Nicholas Baptiste (Sudbury), Sam Bennett (Kingston), Mathew Campagna (Sudbury), Chris Tierney (London), Ryan Rupert (London) and Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara).
The CHL Subway Super Series is used as an evaluation tool for the Canadian National Junior team selection in which all three CHL league’s put together teams to face a Russian team comprised of players competing for similar positions on their own county’s team.
The six game series kicks off on Nov. 18 in Gatineau, QC and Nov. 20 in Sherbrooke, QC before wrapping up with games in Red Deer, AB and Lethbridge, AB on Nov. 27 and 28 respectively.
File photo courtesy Kenneth Armstrong