Gameday Preview: Greyhounds on the road to North BayTuesday, November 05, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
A new week opens up for the Soo Greyhounds with a road trip to North Bay on Tuesday night.
The Greyhounds meet the Battalion for the second time this season in a rare Tuesday night contest, one of two games on the Ontario Hockey League schedule.
The two teams last met on Sept. 27th in Sault Ste. Marie where the Greyhounds picked up a 2-1 win over the Battalion. Jared McCann had a goal, the eventual game winner, and and assist in the win. Sergey Tolchinsky also had a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds in the game. Nick Paul had the lone goal for North Bay.
For full details from the previous meeting between the two clubs, click here.
Overage forward Patrick Watling enters action on Tuesday having posted points in 10 consecutive games. The veteran forward has four goals and nine assists in those 10 games. In that span the Greyhounds have picked up eight wins and points in nine games.
Greyhounds goaltender Matt Murray continues to lead the OHL in goals against average (2.21) while sitting second in save percentage (0.927). Murrayâ€™s two shutouts are tied for first.
Monday marked a big day for overage forward Tyler Gaudet. The 20-year-old signed an entry level contrct with the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes on Monday afternoon.
Special teams have been strong for the Greyhounds this season. The Greyhound power play is clicking at aÂ rate of 24.4%, fourth in the league. The Greyhounds penalty kill is third (85.7%).
North Bayâ€™s special teams have struggled through the early part of the 2013-14 season. The Battalion are 13th on the power play (19.5%) and 15th on the penalty kill (76.6%).
The Greyhounds are coming off a weekend split that saw them drop a 4-3 decision in Sarnia, their first regulation loss since Oct. 6 in Kingston, on Friday night. The Greyhounds rebounded on Saturday for a 4-3 win in Saginaw. The Greyhounds enter the game with a record of 12-2-0-2 and sit atop the West Division standings and second in the Western Conference.
North Bay, meanwhile, has won three of their last five and hold a record of 9-8-1-0. The Battalion are second in the Midwest Division, two points behind the Mississauga Steelheads, and fourth in the Eastern Conference.
The lone other game on the OHL schedule on Tuesday has the Oshawa Generals traveling to Ottawa to take on the 67's.
Goals: Sault â€“ Sergey Tolchinsky (12); North Bay â€“ Barclay Goodrow, Nick Paul (8)
Assists: Sault â€“ Sergey Tolchinsky (16); North Bay â€“ Vincent Praplan (10)
Points: Sault â€“ Sergey Tolchinsky (28); North Bay â€“ Barclay Goodrow (16)
PIM: Sault â€“ Darnell Nurse (26); Brenden Miller (32)