Heading into Wednesday night’s game with only three regular season games left all on home ice, the Soo Greyhounds were in action against their I-75 rivals, the Saginaw Spirit.
After notching his 43rd goal of the season on Sunday in a 4-2 loss to Kitchener, becoming the first Hound to hit 43 goals in a single season since Ryan Jardine in 2000, Soo Greyhounds forward Zach Senyshyn headed into Wednesday night’s contest on a two game goal scoring streak.
Saginaw’s Mike Davies 11th opened the scoring at 8:27 into the first from Brady Gilmour and Marcus Crawford to give the Spirit at 1-0 lead. Hounds second year forward Tim Gettinger tied things up at one with his 15th at 17:21 from Blake Speers and Gabe Guertler.
With the teams tied 1-1 heading into the second, it would be Spirit forward Tye Felhaber getting his 18th goal just 1:17 into the middle frame from Marcus Crawford and Connor Brown putting them ahead 2-1. Artem Artemov’s 19th at 7:51 from Tye Felhaber and Mitch Stephens would then give Saginaw a two goal cushion.
He’s a rookie, he’s a former Soo Thunderbird, he’s in his NHL draft year, and he’s only one of four players that have 20 or more goals on the Hounds roster. At the 11:35 mark of the second, it would be Hounds rookie forward and Waterloo, Ontario native Boris Katchouk getting his 24th of the season from Liam Hawel and Connor Timmins to cut Saginaw’s lead to 3-2. Then, at the 13:13 mark of the second, it would be Hounds leading goal scorer Zach Senyshyn getting his 44th goal of the season from Jack Kopacka and Hayden Verbeek to tie things up a three after two periods.
Senyshyn, who notched his 44th goal on Wednesday evening, became the first Soo Greyhound to score 44 goals in a regular season since Richard Uniacke did back in 1997.
Just 41 ticks into the final frame, it would be Brady Gilmour putting Saginaw back in front 4-3 with his 7th from Marcus Crawford and Kirill Maksimov. The Hounds would tie things up on the power play at 17:37 courtesy of Zach Senyshyn’s second of the night and 45th of the season from Blake Speers and Gustav Bouramman.
Mitch Stephens 19th from Artem Artemov and Will Petschenig with just 37 ticks to go in regulation was the game winner as the Saginaw Spirit slipped past the Soo Greyhounds 5-4 on Wednesday night, despite being outshot 46-20.
Spirit goaltender Cameron Zanussi made 42 saves for the win while Joseph Raaymakers gave up 5 goals on 20 shots for the Hounds loss.
On Monday, former Soo Greyhounds forward Nick Ritchie scored his first career NHL goal with the Anaheim Ducks in a 7-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.