It was a battle of two struggling teams and a chance to break out.
The Soo Greyhounds did just that, thanks to a 7-3 win over the Erie Otters Friday night at the Essar Centre.
“We’re happy with the way we created offense and got some pucks by their goaltender but defensive zone coverage was still a problem,” said Greyhounds coach Denny Lambert. “It settled down but in the first period we were just getting on the wrong side (of the puck). We were always on the boards and opening up the ice. It’s something we’ll work on here.”
Nick Cousins paced the Greyhounds offensively with a goal and two assists while Vern Cooper scored a pair of goals. Trevor Morbeck, Carson Dubchak, Brett Findlay and Davis Quesnele also scored for the Greyhounds.
Mike Cazzola and Derek Holden scored a goal and an assist while Gregg McKegg set up a pair of goals. Starting goaltender Ramis Sadikov struggled, giving up three goals on eight shorts early. Chris Festarini did his best.
“We gave them three shots right from the slot (early),” said Otters coach Robbie Ftorek. ”It’s not our goalie’s fault. We continued to play poorly. Our defensemen were standing (around) on three of the five goals. We gave up some two-on-ones. Then we started to regroup a bit and had some chances but we didn’t shoot as well as we could have and their goaltender made a lot of saves.”
Festarini stopped 27 shorts coming in as relief for Sadikov while Peruigini stopped 41 shots.
Next up for the Greyhounds is a matchup with the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday night. Game time is 7:30.
In other OHL action on a Friday that saw all 20 teams play.
In Sarnia, Tyler Peters scored twice while Nail Yakupov set up three goals as the Sting beat the Owen Sound Attack 7-5. Kale Kerbashian also set up a pair of goals. Joey Hishon scored a pair of goals for the Attack and also set up another. Garrett Wilson added a goal and two assists.
In Plymouth, Robbie Czarnik scored twice as the Whalers defeated the Belleville Bulls 5-3. Bulls goaltender Tyson Teichmann stopped 28 shots in the loss.
In Saginaw, Anthony Camara’s goal with five minutes remaining was the winner as the Spirit beat the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. Mavric Parks stopped 37 shots in the win.
In Guelph, Peter Holland scored a pair of goals leading the Storm to a 4-1 win over the Windsor Spitfired. Tom Kuhnhakl scored the lone goal for Windsor.
In Kingston, Corey Durocher and Ethan Werek scored shootout goals to give the Frontenacs a 6-3 win over the Peterborough Petes. Nathan Moon scored a goal and set up another. Jack Walchessen scored twice for the Petes.
In Kitchener, Jason Akeson had a goal and three assists while Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and an assist to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Niagara IceDogs. Alex Friesen scored the lone goal for Niagara.
In London, Nicklas Jensen scored in overtime to give the Generals a 4-3 overtime win over the London Knights. Michael Zador stopped 33 shots in the win while Tony DeHart added a pair of assists in the win. Vladislav Namestnikov.
In Ottawa, Ian Watters had a goal and two assists to spoil a 28-save performance from Pert Mrazek as the Brampton Battalion beat the Ottawa 67’s 3 days.
In Sudbury, Mike Lomas had two goals and an assist as the Wolves beat the Barrie Colts 4-3. Josh McFadden set up a pair of goals for the Wolves. Peter DiSalvo stopped 28 shots for the Colts in the loss.