Despite being down 2-0 in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference semifinal series and being outscored only 6-3, including an overtime winner and an empty netter, the Soo Greyhounds were back at home on Monday night and hoping to come out on top of the Erie Otters in game three at the Essar Centre.
The Otters would get on the board first at the 14:25 mark, as 2014 Vancouver Canucks sixth round pick Kyle Pettit got his fourth of the postseason from Nick Betz and Mitch Byrne to put the visitors up 1-0 after one.
After finishing off the regular season with twenty seven points and already having one assist in the playoffs thus far, Soo Greyhounds rookie forward Morgan Frost, son of Toronto Maple Leafs PA announcer Andy Frost, notched his first career Ontario Hockey League playoff goal at 16:29 from Boris Katchouk and Bobby MacIntyre to tie the game at one through two periods of play.
Now we look ahead to the third!
He came over in a trade with the Mississauga Steelheads in September for a conditional ninth round pick in this year’s draft, has been a key player ever since coming to the Hounds, and in the third period, he came out as a hero.
First, at the 7:15 mark of the third period, it would be Hounds left winger Bobby MacIntyre putting the Soo ahead 2-1 with his fourth of the playoffs from Gustav Bouramman.
The Otters would then tie things up at two, courtesy of 2015 Arizona Coyotes first round pick Dylan Strome getting his seventh of the postseason at 11:47 from Alex DeBrincat and Erik Cernak.
Then, with under half a minute remaining in the third, this game looked like it would be heading into overtime ……. But it wasn’t!
With just twenty three ticks to go in regulation time, it would be Bobby MacIntyre getting his second goal of the night and fifth of the playoffs from Zach Senyshyn and Colton White, as the Soo went on to edge the Erie Otters 3-2 at the Essar Centre and have now cut the series lead to 2-1.
Devin Williams gave up three goals on twenty two shots for the Otters loss while Hounds goalie and 2014 New York Rangers second round pick Brandon Halverson made twenty five saves for the win.
Game four goes back at the Essar Centre on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:07 p.m.