After dropping a 5-2 decision to the Erie Otters on Wednesday night in game four of the OHL’s Western Conference semifinal series at the Essar Centre, the Soo Greyhounds were hoping to get back into the series in game five at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The Hounds, who were hoping to win and get a game six back at the Essar Centre on Sunday afternoon, fell by a 5-2 score to Erie for the second straight game and have been eliminated 4-1 in the series.
Otters captain Dylan Strome led the way offensively with three goals and two assists.
For Strome, his three goal and two assist performance was also his first career postseason hat trick.
Alex DeBrincat and Taylor Raddysh had a goal and an assist each while Travis Dermott also had a two point night with a pair of assists.
Darren Raddysh and TJ Fergus also got on the scoresheet for the Otters with an assist each.
Jack Kopacka and Mac Hollowell had the goals for the Hounds while Medric Mercier, Morgan Frost, Boris Katchouk and Tim Gettinger all had single assists.
Otters goalie Devin Williams made twelve saves for the victory while Brandon Halverson gave up four goals on twenty five shots for the loss.
Strome completed his first career playoff hat trick into an empty net with one minute left in regulation.
With the Hounds season now officially over, we can now say it had been a positive one been a successful one for the club during 2015-2016.
After finishing seventh in the OHL’s Western Conference, the Hounds eliminated the second place Sarnia Sting in seven games during the first round of the playoffs before advancing to the second round against the OHL’s regular season champions, the Erie Otters.
During the second round of the playoffs, the Otters only outscored the Hounds 18-10 through five meetings of the best of seven series. Not to mention, three of those goals scored by the Otters were empty netters and one was in overtime.