Nick Ritchie, at 6’3″ and 229 lbs, it’s hard to stop this freight train. Coming off a 4 goal performance in the 12-5 win over Saginaw Ritchie didn’t disappoint the team or the fans when he scored late in the third period to give the Greyhounds a 3-2 victory over the Guelph Storm.
The Greyhounds were on their game and kept control during the first period having a good number of scoring chances but during the remaining 40 minutes the Hounds seemed to create a lot of miscues and turnovers but Brandon Halverson made a number of key saves to keep the game a low scoring affair.
The Guelph Storm would score first at 2:41 on a goal by Leslie to give the Storm the lead. Jared McCann would walk right in on Van Schubert on a feed from Ritchie and Bouramman to tie the game at 1 at the 7:09 mark.
Sergey Tolchinsky would add the Greyhound’s tally at 19:31 and at the end of the first period the Soo lead Guelph 2-1. The Greyhounds outshot the Storm 18 to 5 in the first period.
With DeAngelo in the penalty box for Roughing from the first period Guelph would score a power play goal 12 seconds into the 2nd period as Dickinson would jam at the puck to tie the game at 2. At the close of the period Guelph outshot the Greyhounds 15 to 12.
Tensions were high around both nets with a lot of pushing and shoving by the teams in the third period. Ritchie would score the game winning goal at the 15:35 mark to give make the score 3 to 2.
The Storm battled to tie the game but Halverson would rob Dickinson late in the third period to keep the Greyhounds on the winning side.
Pius Suter and Darnell Nurse would exchange a few pushes and both were sent to the box for Roughing. After the penalties expired when both players were getting back into the game there were a few more pushes between the two and again with only a little over a minute left to play in the game.
Van Schubert would head to the bench for an extra attacker in the final minute of the game but Halverson again kept the puck out of the net until the final buzzer.
The Three Stars of the game were:
1 – Blake Speers
2 – Jared McCann
3 – Bradley Van Schubert
The Greyhounds head out for a 3 game road trip with the first stop in Barrie on Thursday, then Mississauga on Friday, and on Sunday afternoon in Guelph. You can listen to the play by play as called by Gerry Liscumb Jr on Rock 101.