Greyhounds open trip with loss (Updated)Friday, November 01, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
For just the second time this season, the Soo Greyhounds have suffered a loss in regulation time.
The Greyhounds dropped a 4-3 decision in Sarnia to the Sting to open up a two-game weekend road trip.
A Nickolas Latta goal at the tail end of a Sarnia power play turned into a difference-maker as it came just 1:12 after the Greyhounds got a shorthanded goal by Tyler Gaudet while killing off a five-on-three Sarnia man advantage.
“It was (deflating),” said Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe of the Latta goal. “We had done such a great job killing it. It was such a long five-on-three (1:43). We did an exceptional job not only killing it but scoring a goal ourselves. We were right down to the end, there were four seconds on the clock on the second penalty so that was really tough to give that up.”
Latta finished the night with a pair of goals while Nikolay Goldobin and Bryan Moore each had a goal and two assists while Anthony DeAngelo set up to goals in the win. Goldobin’s goal came on a first-period penalty shot. The four players were the only Sarnia players with points in the win.
“Their best payers were difference-makers,” said Keefe. “We talked about four players before the game that were keys for them and when they have success as a team is when those guys contribute. They certainly did that tonight and we didn’t seem to have an answer.”
Sarnia goaltender Brodie Barrick stopped 26 shots in the win.
Trent Mallette had a goal for the Greyhounds and was one bright spot in a disappointing game for the Greyhounds.
“Trent Mallette really came to life tonight,” said Keefe. “He built some confidence off scoring a big goal on a breakaway in the first period. He was great all night. His line with David Miller and Jean Dupuy was our most effective line. They really worked hard and challenged to the net and gave Sarnia fits.”
Along with Mallette and Gaudet, Alex Gudbranson had the other goal for the Greyhounds in the loss. Defenceman Kevin Spinozzi had two assists while Matt Murray stopped 21 shots in the loss.
Keefe credited Sarnia with keeping Greyhounds shooters to the outside for much of the night, which made a difference in the team generating scoring chances.
“For the most part, we were in control of the play and control of the puck and did some good things to have possession a lot,” said Keefe. “Sarnia played a passive and patient game that allowed us to have the puck a lot. We didn’t generate enough to the net. They were content to keep us on the perimeter and it seemed for most of the night we were content to stay there.”
The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday night when they wrap up their weekend schedule in Saginaw where they meet the Spirit in a 7:11 p.m. puck drop.