Greyhounds come back to beat Spirit (Updated)Saturday, November 02, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
Just 24 hours after suffering their second regulation loss of the young Ontario Hockey League season, the Soo Greyhounds were back in action as they faced the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday night in Saginaw.
The Greyhounds recovered from Friday’s loss in Sarnia against the Sting by picking up a 4-3 win over the Spirit at the Dow Event Center.
Saturday’s win saw the Greyhounds score three unanswered goals in the second period and hold on for the win.
“We played hard and there were a lot of things that we talked about doing before the game, despite getting into a hole in the first period, we did a nice job of sticking with it,” said Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe. “Being down 2-0 and despite being outshot badly, we did some good things in the first period that we could build on. We actually had a lot of time in their zone and shot a lot of pucks but (Saginaw) blocked a lot and we missed the net a lot. The shot clock wasn’t indicative of the actual play.”
The Greyhounds fell behind 2-0 through one period and trailed 3-1 early in the second period before overage forward Andrew Fritsch pulled the team to within one at 4:18 of the middle frame. Jean Dupuy tied the game at 10:44 and Tyler Gaudet scored his 10th goal of the season at 19:42 of the second period to give the Greyhounds the 4-3 lead they would hold onto through the third period.
Keefe called the boost of having veterans take an active role in the comeback important.
“That’s what we lacked a little bit last night against Sarnia, we lacked that push from our veteran guys,” said Keefe. “That was really big for us. Those guys have got to step up. (Sergey) Tolchinsky scored a great goal to get us on the board and made a great play on the winning goal and Gaudet made a big time shot. Fritsch and Dupuy both gave us great efforts.”
Tolchinsky finished the night with a goal and an assist in the win. Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 38 shots for the Greyhounds.
“It was a nice sign of his maturity to bounce back,” Keefe said of Murray rebounding in the win. “(Saginaw) had three goals before the midway point of the game. Coming off of a tough night last night, things could have gotten bad for him as well. He just stayed focused and stayed solid in the net and didn’t allow their lead to grow and that’s what we need from Matt.”
The win improves the Greyhounds record to 12-2-0-2 while Saginaw falls to 8-7-1-1 with the loss.
Justin Kea scored a pair of goals for Saginaw in the loss, both in the opening period. Terry Trafford added two assists. Nick Moutry had the other goal for the Spirit. Goaltender Jake Paterson made 23 saves in the loss.
The Greyhounds return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to North Bay to take on the Battalion.