Hounds take two in Sarnia

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Photo by Jim Egan

They have been one of the best road teams in the Ontario Hockey League this year, and after opening up the Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 6-3 win in game one on Friday night, the Soo Greyhounds were back in Sarnia on Easter Sunday for game two in a 4:05 p.m. afternoon game.

The Hounds defeated the Sarnia Sting 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre and have taken a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Boston Bruins first round pick Zach Senyshyn notched his first of the postseason at 18:22 from Gustav Bouramman and Hayden Verbeek to give the Soo a 1-0 lead after one.

At the 5:07 mark of the second, it would be Hounds rookie forward Boris Katchouk getting his second goal of the playoffs from Liam Hawel and Colton White to make it a 2-0 game.

Tim Gettinger’s first at 9:10 from Jack Kopacka gave the Soo a 3-0 cushion, before Bobby MacIntyre’s second of the playoffs at 15:15 from Blake Speers and Gustav Bouramman put the Hounds up 4-0 through two.

Sting goalie Charlie Graham, who surrendered 4 goals on 22 shots, was replaced by Justin Fazio at the start of the third period.

Former Hounds forward Anthony Salinitri would then put the Sting on board with his first of the playoffs from Jordan Kyrou at 6:31 into the third, before overage forward Matt Mistele’s second goal of the postseason on the power play at 11:00 from Pavel Zacha and Travis Konecny cut the Hounds lead to 4-2.

At the 14:15 mark of the third, it would be Hounds forward Zach Senyshyn getting his second goal of the afternoon from Boris Katchouk and Mac Hollowell as the Soo went on to win 5-2.

Hounds goalie and New York Rangers prospect Brandon Halverson made 39 saves for the Hounds win.

Sting goaltender Justin Fazio, who replaced Charlie Graham at the start of the third period, gave up 1 goal on 3 shots the rest of the way.

The Hounds, who have now won both games in Sarnia, will return to the Essar Centre on Tuesday, March 29th at 7:07 p.m. for game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.