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Multiple factors lead to disappointment for Greyhounds

A short road trip will see the Greyhounds come home from Sudbury empty-handed
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Barrie Colts' Joey Keane and Boris Katchouk of the Soo Greyhounds make contact during a game Jan. 7, 2017 at the Barrie Molson Centre. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday

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Regardless of exactly who you asked, it wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination.

After a disappointing home loss against the Ottawa 67’s on Sunday afternoon, the Soo Greyhounds followed it up with a 4-2 loss on the road against the Sudbury Wolves on Wednesday night.

“As a group, we had some guys that were really good for us,” Greyhounds Coach Drew Bannister said. “I wouldn’t say it was our worst performance. It was a lackadaisical performance. We had guys who didn’t want to shoot the puck and wanted to make the extra play.”

Veteran Greyhounds forward Boris Katchouk, who had a goal and an assist, called the loss, “a little bit embarrassing.”

“We had no compete level,” Katchouk added.

Asked if he thought it was the Greyhounds worst game this season, Katchouk quickly answered in the affirmative.

“100 per cent.”

Morgan Frost also had a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds. Goaltender Matthew Villalta made 21 saves.

Bannister would call the Greyhounds complacent in the loss.

“We were complacent in our opportunities and we didn’t shoot the puck enough,” Bannister said. “When we started to shoot the puck, because we were very complacent early on, we tried to be too cute and weren’t able to capitalize on our opportunities.”

Sudbury goaltender Jake McGrath made 31 saves.

David Levin paced the Wolves offensively with a goal and two assists. Defenceman Reagan O’Grady chipped in with a goal and an assist. Kyle Rhodes and Cole Candella also scored.

The Greyhounds return to action this weekend with a pair of home games, beginning with a Friday night matchup with the Kingston Frontenacs. Puck drop at the Essar Centre is set for 7:07 p.m.

On Wednesday morning, the Greyhounds confirmed what had been rumoured for some time. Swedish defenceman Rasmus Sandin, selected in the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft in the summer, will join the team and could see action this weekend at the Essar Centre.

On Tuesday, Hockey Canada announced the 66 players that will represent Canada at the upcoming World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in British Columbia.

Soo Greyhounds forwards Joe Carroll and Hayden Fowler were among the players selected. Sault product Nick Porco, who is currently a member of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit, was also among the players selected.