Hounds take 3-1 series lead

Photo by Jim Egan

After dropping a 5-2 decision on Tuesday night and having their series lead cut to 2-1, the Soo Greyhounds were hoping to put a stranglehold series lead on the Sarnia Sting on Thursday night at the Essar Centre in game four of the OHL’s Western Conference quarterfinals.

Hounds captain Blake Speers notched his third of the playoffs on the power play at 8:01 from Gustav Bouramman and Bobby MacIntyre to give the Soo a 1-0 lead.

The Sting would then tie things up at the 10:51 mark of the first, courtesy of Matt Mistele’s fifth of the postseason from Kevin Spinozzi and Josh Jacobs.

With the teams tied 1-1 heading into the second, it would be import forward Pavel Zacha putting the Sting up 2-1 at 13:58 from Matt Mistele and Jeff King.

The Hounds, who trailed the Sting 2-1 heading into the third, knew that this would be the most important part of the series. A loss for the Soo would even the series up a two games a piece, or a win for the Soo would give  them a 3-1 series lead heading back to Sarnia on Saturday.

Just under the midway point of the third, it would be Hounds defenceman and assistant captain Colton White notching his first career playoff goal from Blake Speers and Zach Senyshyn to tie the game up at two.

With the teams tied 2-2 after regulation, the Essar Centre faithfuls wanted nothing more than for the Hounds to drop a second straight game on home ice.

The fourth period of hockey would solve nothing and for the first time since April 5th, 2005, the Hounds were headed into double overtime.

After former Hounds defenceman Kevin Spinozzi took a checking from behind penalty at the 6:56 mark of the fifth period, the Soo then found themselves on the power play.

The Hounds made this man advantage count as overage forward and Plantation, Florida product Gabe Guertler put this game away on the power play with his third of the postseason at 7:24 into double overtime from Gustav Bouramman and Bobby MacIntyre as the Hounds went on to defeat the Sarnia Sting 3-2 and have taken a 3-1 series lead.

Sting goaltender Charlie Graham gave up three goals on thirty two shots while Brandon “Halvy” Halverson earned first star of the game as he stopped forty shots for the Hounds victory.

The Hounds will now look to wrap up the Western Conference quarterfinal series in game five on Saturday, April 2nd from the Sarnia Sports & Entertainment Centre at 7:05 p.m.


Former Soo Greyhounds import forward Sergey Tolchinsky, who suited up in his first NHL game on Thursday night with the Carolina Hurricanes, recorded one assist in a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.