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Greyhounds drop shootout decision to Wolves (video)

(Editor's note: be sure to read this story all the way to the bottom where you will find a link to video highlights of this game, to Brad Coccimiglio's live blog written during the game and to a full recap of the rest of the action around the

(Editor's note: be sure to read this story all the way to the bottom where you will find a link to video highlights of this game, to Brad Coccimiglio's live blog written during the game and to a full recap of the rest of the action around the OHL.)

The Soo Greyhounds continued their five-game homestand on Wednesday night as they hosted the Sudbury Wolves.

The game marked the second meeting between the two clubs this season and first since a 10-3 Greyhound victory in September. This time, the Wolves skated away with a 3-2 shootout win at the Essar Centre.

“We had a good first period and we were really in control of the game,” said Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe. “Sudbury raised their level of play and found another gear and we got worse as the game went on.”

The game turned into a battle of power plays as all four goals in regulation time came by way of the man-advantage. For Keefe, the Greyhounds power play was a positive in the loss but the penalty kill struggled, which included giving up a goal on a Sudbury five-on-three man advantage.

“The five-on-three goal, it was an unacceptable penalty for too many men on the ice,” said Keefe. “There was confusion with guys coming on and coming off and just not being sharp. That’s an unacceptable penalty. Our penalty kill on the second goal we gave up just wasn’t good.”

Andrew Fritsch had a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds in the loss while Darnell Nurse also scored. Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 39 shots in the game.

“He was busy,” Keefe said of Murray. “We gave up a lot and spent a lot of time in our end running around. Those were some pretty good players shooting on him too. He was really solid and obviously gave us a chance to earn the point. We’ve come to rely on him throughout the season. It seems we’ve had to rely on him a little too much of late.”

Nicholas Baptiste and Connor Crisp scored for Sudbury in regulation time while Crisp had the shootout winner.

“I’m happy about the two points but our work ethic wasn’t where it needs to be to win on a regular basis in this league,” said Wolves coach Paul Fixter. “I really wasn’t happy with the amount of turnovers. It really wasn’t a well-played game by our hockey club.”

Wolves goaltender Franky Palazzese stopped 32 shots in the win and also stopped two of three Greyhounds shooters in the shootout.

“Franky’s been good,” said Fixter of the veteran goaltender. “For the last while he’s played well. As a goaltender, your job is to give your team a chance to win and he’s done that on a regular basis the last little while.”

With the loss, the Greyhounds record drops to 17-5-0-3 while the Wolves improve to 11-9-3-3 in the win.

Next up the Greyhounds wrap up their homestand with games on Friday night against the Ottawa 67’s and Saturday night against the Niagara IceDogs.

To read SooToday.com's live blog from Wednesday night, click here

To watch video highlights of Wednesday's game, click here

For a full recap of the rest of the action around the OHL, click here

Photo courtesy SooToday.com photographer Kenneth Armstrong

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About the Author: Brad Coccimiglio

A graduate of Loyalist College’s Sports Journalism program, Brad Coccimiglio’s work has appeared in The Hockey News as well as online at FoxSports.com in addition to regular freelance work with SooToday before joining the team full time.
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