The last time the Hounds were in a game seven situation was back on April 16th, 2007, when the they fell 8-4 to the London Knights at the John Labatt Centre in the OHL’s Western Conference semifinal series. But on Tuesday night at the Sarnia Sports And Entertainment Centre, the Soo Greyhounds were looking to upset the Sarnia Sting in the seventh and deciding game of the OHL’s Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The Hounds, who led the series 3-1 before losing back to back games by identical 5-1 scores, were hoping to get back on the bus back to the Soo with a confidence booster.
Former Hounds first rounder Anthony Salinitri put the Sting up 1-0 just 4:34 into the first from Nikita Korostelev and Troy Lajeunesse.
Hounds overage forward Gabe Guertler would tie things up at one with his fourth of the playoffs at 10:37 from Medric Mercier.
Then, just 2:20 later, the Hounds would take the lead courtesy of Bobby MacIntyre’s third of the postseason from Boris Katchouk to put the Soo ahead 2-1 after one.
A power play goal by Sarnia import forward Pavel Zacha at 16:21 into the second from Troy Lajeunesse and Jakob Chychrun tied the game at two after forty minutes of action.
With the teams tied 2-2 heading into the third, the Hounds wasted no time to get on the board early in the third.
Just twenty seven ticks into the final frame, it would be Hounds captain and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native Blake Speers getting his fourth of the postseason from Mac Hollowell and Zach Senyshyn to give the Soo a 3-2 lead.
At the 7:40 mark of the third, it would be Waterloo, Ontario native and former Soo Thunderbirds forward Boris Katchouk getting his fourth of the postseason (unassisted) to put the Hounds ahead by two.
Sarnia would cut the lead by one with over two minutes to go in the third as Troy Lajeunesse buried his second of the playoffs from Nikita Korostelev and Jakob Chychrun, but the Hounds, who proved to be road warriors in this series, grabbed game seven of the Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 4-3 victory over the Sarnia Sting.
Sting goalie Charlie Graham gave up four goals on seventeen shots while Hounds net-minder and Traverse City, Michigan product Brandon Halverson earned first star of the game after making thirty six saves for the victory.
The Hounds, who have now advanced to the OHL’s Western Conference semifinals, will take on the Erie Otters later this week.