All year this team was destined to go to the Memorial Cup, but couldn’t squeak out another win. Drew Bannister commented during today’s broadcast that the Hounds “simplified” things and that made for the most complete game of series in my opinion. The Greyhounds looked fresh, won faceoffs, took shots from all angles and every player made an all-out effort.
I can’t say that I’m disappointed in the way the Hounds lost today; all I can say is if the Kids played like this in all of the previous 5 games, we may have witnessed the other side of the coin. So why didn’t the kids play like this all series? Maybe the offseason will shed some light on it, who knows. All I know is that Hamilton will be representing the OHL at the Memorial Cup and I am going to cheer for them in our absence.
Today, Barret Hayton, Matt Villalta, and young Brett Jacklin were standouts. Every last kid on that shortened bench have nothing to be ashamed about as they all came ready to play today.
In hindsight, it makes you wonder how things would have turned out if we had Verbeek in the lineup during the series. Was Conor playing injured the other night and is that is why he was scratched tonight? I am sure we will find out in the next few days.
The next few months will also hopefully give us answers as to why such a streamlined and talented team failed to show up for more than a few games this playoff stretch. Maybe it’s just hockey. Who knows.
Kyle Raftis assembled a dynamite lineup for Coach Bannister who in turn made the most out of what he could control. Winning a Coach of the Year Award just doesn’t come by luck.
The Hounds put our name on the map and all things, unfortunately, come to an end. In dramatic fashion, this season came to an end for the fans and people of the Sault Ste.Marie.
Robert Thomas of the Bulldogs was named MVP of the series and will guide his team to Regina this week.
Scoring for the Hounds were Sambrook, MacKay, Katchouk, and Hayton; Matt Villalta made 32 stops in a losing effort.
When the shock wears off I will submit my last Dog Treats for the Season.
In Memory of a Season dedicated to Dr. Lou Lukenda,
Go Hounds Go