After dropping to the Saginaw Spirit 5-4 on Wednesday night at the Essar Centre, the Soo Greyhounds were back in action on Friday night at home against the Flint Firebirds.
The Hounds, who were playing in their fourth straight home game on Friday night, were also looking to snap their seven game home losing streak.
After a scoreless first period, it would be Hounds forward Hayden Verbeek opening the scoring with his 14th of the season with just 1:07 to go in the second to put the Soo up 1-0 after two periods. Bobby MacIntyre and Jack Kopacka would draw the assists.
As the Hounds took a 1-0 lead into the final frame, they would then light the lamp another five times.
At the 3:49 mark of the third, it would be Hounds defenceman Gustav Bouramman getting his career high 6th goal of the season from Blake Speers and Colton White to put the Soo up by two.
Hounds rookie forward and Aurora, Ontario product Morgan Frost would put the Soo up 3-0 with his 7th at 7:12 from Tim Gettinger and Zach Senyshyn.
At the 11:03 mark of the third, it would be Hounds captain and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native Blake Speers getting his 24th goal of the season from Gustav Bouramman and Tyler Hore to give the Soo a comfortable 4-0 lead. Speers’ 24th also tied his career totals in goals from one season ago.
With the Hounds leading 4-0 with under five minutes to go in the third, it would then turn out to be a twenties night at the Essar Centre.
Hounds forward Bobby MacIntyre, who was acquired in a trade during September with the Mississauga Steelheads for a 2016 9th round pick, hit the 20 goal plateau for the first time in his career on the power play at 15:12 to put the Soo up by five. Gabe Guertler and Gustav Bouramman would draw the assists.
For Bouramman, who drew an assist on MacIntyre’s 20th goal, also marked the third point of the night for the Minnesotta Wild draft pick.
Then, with just four minutes to go in regulation time, another Hound hit the 20 goal plateau.
At the 16:00 mark of the third, it would be Hounds rookie forward Jack Kopacka getting his 20th goal of the season from Conor Timmins and Morgan Frost to put the Soo up 6-0.
The Firebirds would then break the shutout with under three minutes to go in the third.
Luke Kirwan’s 10th from Connor Sills at 17:30 broke the shutout, but the Hounds would go on to a 6-1 win over the Flint Firebirds on Friday night at the Essar Centre and have also snapped their seven game home losing streak.
Hounds second year goaltender Joseph Raaymakers earned first star of the game making 25 saves while Firebirds net minder Matthew Menna gave up 6 goals on 33 shots.
Hounds defenceman and Stockholm, Sweden native Gustav Bouramman led the way offensively with a goal and a pair of helpers.
The Hounds will now conclude their 2015/2016 regular season on Sunday, March 20th at 2:07 p.m. against the Guelph Storm. Prior to game time, the Hounds will honour graduating players Brandon Halverson, Gabe Guertler and Tyler Hore.
AMADIO GETS FIFTY
On Friday night in a road game against Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native and North Bay Battalion captain Mike Amadio scored his 50th goal of the season on a short handed marker at the 12:34 mark of the first in a 4-3 overtime win.
Amadio became the first Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario born player to hit the 50 goal plateau in an Ontario Hockey League season since former Soo Greyhounds forward Jarrett Reid did back in 1992.