He was a standout in preseason action last year, and on Thursday night in the first game of the 2018 exhibition season, he was a big help in leading the Hounds to a victory.
Hounds second year forward Zack Trott, who had 3 goals and 1 assist in 4 preseason games last year, scored a pair of goals, including one on the power play on Thursday night, as the Hounds opened up their 2018 exhibition season with a victory, defeating the Sudbury Wolves by a score of 4-3 in a shootout at the Sudbury Community Centre.
Trott’s goal, at the 1:40 mark of the first period from Cole MacKay and Cullen McLean, gave the Hounds a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes of play.
The Wolves would then score two unanswered goals in the second, courtesy of Eric Eschweiler at 8:53, followed by 2018 first overall pick Quinton Byfield’s first of the preseason at 13:27.
Byfield, who was selected first overall by the Wolves in this year’s draft, became the third first overall pick for the Wolves in ten years, following David Levin (2015) and John McFarland (2008).
Nolan Hutcheson and Cole Candella had the assists on the Wolves first goal of the game while Macauley Carson and Owen Robinson drew the assists on the second.
At the 19:11 mark of the second, it would be Hounds 2017 sixth round pick Alex Johnston getting his first goal of the preseason on the power play from Brett Jacklin and Rory Kerins, tying the game at two heading into the third.
The Hounds wasted no time to retake the lead in the third, as forward Zack Trott scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 1:27 from Cullen McLean and Cole MacKay, giving the red and white a 3-2 lead.
Anthony Tabak’s second goal of the preseason from Peter Stratis at 10:46, tied the game up at three.
With the game headed straight to a shootout after regulation, it would be Hounds 2018 seventh round pick Dominic Mufarreh scoring the game winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout, as the Hounds went on to defeat the Sudbury Wolves 4-3 at the Sudbury Community Centre.
Joe Carroll, who was the first shooter for the Hounds, had a goal in the first round of the shootout while Ryan Roth and Zack Trott did not score.
Second year forward Blake Murray scored for the Wolves in the second round of the shootout while Quinten Byfield, Shane Bulitka and Anthony Tabak all failed to score.
Hounds 2017 ninth round pick Ethan Taylor got the start in net against the Wolves on Thursday night, making 17 saves on 18 shots before being replaced in net by overage goaltender Tyler Johnson, who then made 20 saves the rest of the way.
Wolves fourth year netminder Jake McGrath made 20 saves through 60 minutes of play.
The Hounds will wrap up preseason action this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in a rematch against the Wolves at GFL Memorial Gardens.
Fourth year defenceman Anthony DeMeo wore the “C” for the Hounds on Thursday night while Jacob LeGuerrier, Joe Carroll and Sooite Cole MacKay served as assistant captains.