MacKay leads Hounds past Knights


There’s always that feeling you get when you play against the London Knights.

You love to beat them, but you hate to lose against them.

And in the last two seasons (2016-2018), the Hounds have won eight in a row against them.

On Friday night, the Soo Greyhounds took to the ice at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario for their first meeting of the season against the London Knights.

The Knights, who entered Friday night’s contest with a record of 1-0, were also ranked No. 2 in the Canadian Hockey League’s top ten rankings this week.

The Hounds, who entered Friday night’s game with a 1-1 record, were coming off a 6-0 win against the North Bay Battalion at GFL Memorial Gardens last Saturday.

The Hounds, who kicked off their first game of a five-game road trip in London on Friday night, defeated the Knights by a score of 5-3 at Budweiser Gardens.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native Cole MacKay recorded his first career three-point game on Friday night, scoring twice and setting up another for the Hounds.

Both of MacKay’s goals came in the first periord, giving the Hounds a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes.

Hounds second year forward Joe Carroll scored the game winning goal at the 15:40 mark of the third, along with adding an assist for a two-point night.

Philadelphia Flyers 2017 first round pick Morgan Frost also had a two-point night of his own with a goal (empty net) and an assist.

Overage forward Keeghan Howdeshell had one goal for the Hounds.

Jordan Sambrook and Ryan Roth chipped in with two assists each for the Hounds while Anthony DeMeo, Zack Trott and Ryan O’Rourke all had one assist esch.

Cole Tymkin had a goal and an assist for the Knights while Alec Regula also had a mutli point night with a pair of helpers.

Knights 2018 second round pick Antonio Stranges scored his first Ontario Hockey League goal at the 6:18 mark of the second, which tied the game up at two.

Connor McMichael had the other goal for the Knights while Nathan Dunkley, Josh Nelson and Billy Moskal all chipped in with one assist each.

Los Angeles Kings 2017 third round pick Matthew Villalta made 32 saves for the Hounds win while former Hounds goaltender Joseph Raaymakers gave up 4 goals on 27 shots in the Knights loss.

The Hounds, who have now improved their record to 2-1, will be back in action on Saturday night in Sarnia to take on the Sting.


Hounds 2018 first round pick Ryan O’Rourke, who had one assist in Friday night’s 5-3 win over London, was named first star of the game.

The Hounds rookie defenceman now has 1 goal and 2 assists in his first 3 games.

Matthew Villalta, meanwhile, was named third star of the game on Friday night, after stopping 32 shots.

His 33 save performance against North Bay last Saturday, also made him second star of the game that night at GFL Memorial Gardens.

In two games played this season, the Godfrey, Ontario native has was named a star in each one.