After falling to the Sarnia Sting 5-1 on Saturday night at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre and having their series lead cut to 3-2, the Soo Greyhounds had little time to waste as they were right back in action on Sunday night at home for game six of the OHL’s Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The Hounds, who were hoping to eliminate the Sting on Essar Centre ice, fell to Sarnia for the second straight night by an identical 5-1 score.
Hounds rookie forward Boris Katchouk opened up the scoring just under five minutes into the first with his third of the postseason from Jack Kopacka and Morgan Frost.
Jakob Chychrun’s first of the playoffs on the power play at 17:26 from Nikita Korostelev and Jordan Kyrou tied things up at one after the first.
Sting forward Jordan Kyrou would get his first of the postseason at 14:33 into the middle frame from Josh Jacobs and Jakob Chychrun to put his club up 2-1 after two.
With the Hounds in a similar situation to game four, being down 2-1 after two before going on to win 3-2 in double overtime, Sarnia would then score three times in the third, en route to a 5-1 victory over the Soo and forcing a game seven back in Sarnia on Tuesday evening.
Pavel Zacha’s unassisted goal made it a 3-1 lead for Sarnia with just under five minutes into the third.
Defenceman Jakob Chychrun’s second of the game made it 4-1 at 5:51 from Pavel Zacha and Matt Mistele.
Pavel Zacha’s second of the night and fifth of the playoffs on the power play, with six minutes to go in the game, made it 5-1 from Jakob Chychrun and Josh Jacobs.
Charlie Graham made twenty eight saves for Sarnia’s win while Brandon Halverson gave up five goals on thirty three shots.
Game seven goes in Sarnia on Tuesday, April 5th at 7:05 p.m. from the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre.
On Saturday, April 2nd, former Soo Greyhounds goaltender Matt Murray recorded his first career NHL shutout with the Pittsburgh Penguins, making twenty four saves in a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders.