Sarnia’s special teams cost Hounds

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After beating the Sarnia Sting 5-2 on Sunday afternoon and taking a 2-0 series lead in the OHL’s Western Conference quarterfinals, the Soo Greyhounds returned to Essar Centre ice on Tuesday evening for game three.

Through the first two games of the quarterfinal series, the Hounds outscored the Sting 11-5.

Despite the absence of leading scorer Travis Konecny, the Sting made special teams count on Tuesday night as the defeated the Hounds 5-2.

Import forward Pavel Zacha led the way offensively for the Sting with a power play goal and three helpers while overage forward Matt Mistele notched two power play goals of his own. Brandon Lindberg had a shorthanded goal while Patrick White had the only even strength tally on the night for the Sting.

Jeff King, Jakob Chychrun, Josh Jacobs, Jordan Kyrou and Sam Studnicka all recorded an assist each.

Hounds captain Blake Speers had a power play goal and local boy Frankie Pucci, in just his fifth OHL game, and third playoff contest, scored his first career OHL goal.

Bryce Yetman, Bobby MacIntyre and goaltender Brandon Halverson all recorded an assist each on the night.

The Hounds, who now lead the series 2-1 will be back on Essar Centre ice on Thursday, March 31st at 7:07 p.m. for game four against the Sting.

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Matt Stefano
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.