After concluding preseason action with a perfect 2-0 record, the Soo Greyhounds kicked off their 2018-2019 regular season on Wednesday night as they were in Saginaw to take on the Spirit.
The last time the Hounds opened up their regular season against the Spirit, was back on September 19th, 2007, when they defeated the Spirit by a score of 7-5 at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw.
That was exactly eleven years ago today!
The Hounds, who have not won a season opening game since the 2014-2015 season, dropped their opening game of the 2018-2019 season on Wednesday night as they lost by a score of 5-2 to the Saginaw Spirit at the Dow Event Center.
Wednesday night’s game was quite the start for a pair of first round picks.
First, it would be Saginaw’s 2018 first round pick Cole Perfetti getting his first career Ontario Hockey League goal from DJ Busdeker at the 10:56 mark of the first, putting the Spirit up 1-0 after one.
Then, at the 3:59 mark of the second, it would be Hounds 2018 first round pick Ryan O’Rourke scoring his first career Ontario Hockey League goal from Morgan Frost and Anthony DeMeo, tying the game up at one.
The last time a Hounds first round pick scored his first Ontario Hockey League goal in a season opening game, was Jared McCann back on September 21st, 2012.
Perfetti would then put the Spirit up 2-1, with his second goal of the game on the power play at 11:29 from Cole Coskey and Albert Michnac.
Saginaw’s 2017 7th round pick Mason Millman scored his first Ontario Hockey League goal on the power play with 8 seconds to go in the second, putting the Spirit up 3-1 after two.
Aidan Prueter’s first goal of the season from Albert Michnac and Cole Coskey at 8:55, gave the Spirit a three goal lead.
Albert Michnac, who came over to the Spirit from the Mississauga Steelheads in an offseason trade, scored his first goal of the season into an empty net with 4:04 to go in regulation time, giving the Spirit a 5-1 lead.
Another defenceman would get the second goal for the Hounds with just 58 seconds to go in the third, as Holden Wale notched his first of the season from rookie forwards Roman Pucek and Alex Johnston, cutting Saginaw’s lead to 5-2.
Cameron Lamour made 23 saves in net for Saginaw’s win while Hounds overage goaltender Tyler Johnson gave up 4 goals on 42 shots in the loss.
The Hounds will now have their home opener this Friday at 7:00 p.m., when they take on the Sarnia Sting at GFL Memorial Gardens.
Forward Morgan Frost, who was reassigned to the Hounds yesterday after attending Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp, played in his 200th career regular season game on Wednesday night in Saginaw.