The Kid was Hot Tonight !!!!


…and so were the rest of the hot dogs. Each player had just the right amount of Grey Poupon on his blade on this fine Friday 13.

Yes, that title was sorta taken from an old Loverboy tune from the 80’s and I still love it. My first article about Barrett had this song attributed to him and it was most apparent tonight.

Although, the limelight for most of the year has been around, Boris, Morgan, and Conor; Barrett has certainly shown up in different areas including his grit on the boards and his Verbeek-esque tenacity after the puck.

Friday night we saw Barrett dominate the puck offensively and defensively… and at the same time, pot two hot dogs.; nothing fancy, just your good old Great Value Cherryless wieners. They don’t always have to be fancy I guess; just good enough to cut the mustard.

The Hounds kept to a simple game plan and it didn’t revolve around tic tac toe goals. Owen Sound has figured out ways to clog the center and intercept the passes, so the boys and video crew had to adjust…. and adjust they have (over the past 2 games)

Battles are being won on the boards and shots directed from all angles in order to confuse the Owen Sound D to collapse down low.

The kids of Spring have played another 60-minute game and with that, they take a 3-2 lead into the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre for a tilt on Sunday.

Friday night’s game was fairly closely matched for the most part and when the Hounds found themselves on the receiving end of a breakaway or a few poor officiating calls, Sir Matthew Villalta and the Defense Corp were there to save the nation.


I have been most impressed with the play of Keeghan Howdeshell as of late and maybe you have been as well. He hits hard, never gives up on the puck and is always in position. During the first half of the year, the jury was out on this young man in my opinion, but as the seasons started to wind down, I could see that his game was elevating. Great job drafting and developing him and great job Keeghan !!

As you are reading this, I assume both teams are tucked in their hotel beds in their comfy Whinny the Pooh jammies and getting the much needed they rest they deserve.

As per Sunday, the first goal is always important and I expect the Attack to come out like there is no tomorrow; because for them, there isn’t LOL. The Hounds will be told to play the same tight unfancy game and if they strike with the first goal….  they will certainly cause Owen Sound to try and open up the game.

If that happens, the game could be decided by the second period. The Hounds have regained home-ice advantage and can play a loose game while the Attack will be clutching their sticks like Keith Richards clutches palm tree trunks when he wants to scale a tree for a nap.

Momentum in this series has swung like a pendulum and the first couple shifts will certainly be hard fought on Sunday. Having said just that, the pendulum and the ball is in our court. If we play it right, that pendulum will swing back and knock the Attack far enough out of the season and land somewhere in a golf course……….with old man Richards looking down on them. LOL.

If the boys continue to stay away from the extracurricular that the Attack is trying to goat them into……. I see a very happy Dog Treats article for you next Week.

Sorry for this weeks delay,

Go Hounds Go

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Ernest Skinner
Ernest Skinner was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie and attended Humber College after high school. He has a passion for other cultures and has travelled throughout Mexico and many South American countries. He has written many articles over the years that deal with events happening here in Sault Ste. Marie and around the globe. Ernest has interviewed many rock and roll musicians including, Garry Peterson (The Guess Who), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Sass Jordan, Lee Aaron, John Corabi (Motley Crue/Dead Daisies), Geoff Tate (Queensryche) Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest) etc. Reading about ancient civilizations, world politics, and mysteries of the unknown are also defining factors that are his general makeup. Outside of being serious, he has a bright sense of humour that was moulded from shows like Seinfeld & The Simpsons. Ernest is a freelance reporter/columnist.


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