We all remember last season, when the Erie Otters upset the Hounds in the Western Conference final series 4-2 after the Hounds finished first in the Canadian Hockey League, but with last year in the past, the Hounds began a new mission on Friday night.
The Hounds, who were coming off a Western Conference quarterfinals upset win against the Sarnia Sting, beating them in seven games, began game one of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Ontario Hockey League’s regular season champions, the Erie Otters.
Just 2:24 into the first, Jake Marchment’s first of the postseason from Jordan Sambrook and Mitchell Byrne put the Otters up 1-0.
Hounds rookie forward Boris Katchouk would tie the game at one with his fifth of the playoffs at 8:28 from Bobby MacIntyre and Mac Hollowell.
Then, with just twenty three ticks to go in the first period, Boris Katchouk would get his second goal of the game (shorthanded) from Hayden Verbeek to put the Soo ahead 2-1 after one.
With no scoring happening in the middle frame, the Hounds were close to drawing first blood of the series until late in the third.
Otters defenceman Darren Raddysh would tie things up at two with his first of the postseason at the 18:33 mark of the third.
With the teams tied 2-2 heading into overtime, it would be Darren Raddysh once again, getting his second of the night from Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat just fifty eight ticks into overtime as the Hounds dropped game one at the Erie Insurance Arena by a 3-2 score.
Brandon Halverson gave up three goals on thirty five shots for the loss while Otters goaltender Devin Williams made fourteen saves for the victory.
Game two of the OHL’s Western Conference semifinals series goes back in Erie on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. from the Erie Insurance Arena.