After dropping a 5-2 decision to the Peterborough Petes on Thursday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, the Soo Greyhounds were looking to get back on the winning track on Friday night as they were in Kingston to take on the Frontenacs.
The Hounds have won four straight against the Frontenacs in the last two seasons (2016-2018).
On Friday night, the Hounds improved their record to 3 wins, 2 losses and 1 overtime loss as they defeated the Frontenacs by a score of 4-1 at their newly named Leon’s Centre (Formerly the Rogers K Rock Centre).
Hounds 2018 fourth round pick Rory Kerins, who entered Friday night’s game with two assists, scored his first Ontario Hockey League goal on the power play with 5:00 to go in the first period, putting the Hounds up 1-0 after twenty minutes of play.
Cole MacKay and Morgan Frost had the assists on Kerins first tally of his Ontario Hockey League career.
Hounds defenceman Jordan Sambrook, who was playing in his 200th career regular season game on Friday night, scored his second goal of the season with 4:03 to go in the middle frame, putting the Hounds up 2-0 after forty minutes of play.
Cullen McLean and Rory Kerins had the assists on Sambrook’s second goal of the season.
Frontenacs assistant captain Jason Roberton, who led the Fronts in scoring during the 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 seasons, scored his sixth goal of the season on the power play just 1:37 into the third, cutting the Hounds lead to 2-1.
Hounds rookie defenceman Ryan O’Rourke, who entered Friday night’s game with one goal and two assists, scored his second goal of the season from Brett Jacklin at the 12:08 mark of the third, putting the Soo up by two.
O’Rourke, who was the Hounds first round pick in this year’s Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, gave himself two goals and two assists on the season.
Looking back to 2011, when the Hounds took defenceman Darnell Nurse in the first round, Nurse finished his rookie season (2011-2012) with one goal and nine assists in fifty three regular season games.
O’Rourke, who became the first defenceman to be selected in the first round by the Hounds since Darnell Nurse (2011), gave himself more goals than the current Edmonton Oilers defenceman had in his rookie season with the Hounds back in 2011-2012.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mac Hollowell scored his first goal of the season into an empty net with 3:02 left to go in regulation time, giving the Hounds a 4-1.
Morgan Frost had the only assist on Hollowell’s tally.
It was also Hollowell’s first goal since returning to the Hounds from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.
Frontenacs goaltender Brandon Bonello gave up 3 goals on 35 shots in the loss.
Hounds rookie goaltender Ethan Taylor, who got his first start in goal on Friday night, picked up his first Ontario Hockey League win, making 36 saves.
The Trenton, Ontario native was also named first star of the game.
The Hounds will now play their first afternoon game of their regular season this Sunday at 2:00 p.m., when they visit Ottawa to take on the 67’s at TD Place.
(Photo credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography)