A Bannister Year Has Come To an End

photo: soo greyhounds

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

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 SaultOnline.com freelance reporter/columnist.


  1. Thank you Hounds
    i enjoyed the year and looked forward to going to the rink every game.
    It was terrific hockey.

  2. I beleive with verbeek in we win this series…also dont want to say it but maat v let in to many timely goal against at bad times…and ya the guys were tired might be a part of it

  3. It was a great effort but we fell short we were delt a bad hand this series!! injurys to some and negative comments from others including hockey analyst Don Cherry on Hockey Night In Canada criticizes us at the start for running up the score and making fashionable hockey plays which I still feel he owes the team and the city of Sault Ste Marie a huge apology. But we as fans were able to shake it off and fight back you ask how do you do that? Well you go 2 game 7’s and for craziness u add 2 sudden death over times and then u also go to a game 6 to try to make a game 7 thats how. I am so proud of the greyhounds what they have done and to all the coaching stuff and also the gm. It is very hard to win in the ohl because every year you lose players and you gain new players. I really dont care i enjoyed watching this team all season from start to finish this was incredible team and there really is no negative thought that runs through my mind when i look at what this team accomplished this year. #GOHOUNDSGO YOU IGNITED THE NORTH THANK YOU 2017-2018 GREYHOUNDS

  4. I feel the difference might be that Hamilton had plenty of rest between series. The hounds went from one series to another without a break or a time to heal. The horses were tired but are a great group of young men who will be back at the rink in August getting ready to entertain us once more.

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