Two steel cities!
And a rematch from last season’s OHL Final!
Sportsnet has announced its broadcast schedule for the 2018-2019 season, and the Soo Greyhounds will have one televised game on December 15th at 3:30 p.m., when they visit Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs.
The only other OHL teams that will be shown on Sportsnet during the 2018-2019 regular season, are the London Knights (4 times), Ottawa 67’s (3 times), Oshawa Generals (3 times), Kitchener Rangers, Guelph Storm, Mississauga Steelheads and the Kingston Frontenacs.
Despite finishing first in the Canadian Hockey League last season, the Hounds ended up losing in six games to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL Final.
During the 2018 postseason, the Hounds were shown on Sportsnet 4 times, including twice in the Quarterfinal series against Saginaw and twice in the Final against Hamilton.
The only game the Hounds lost on Sportsnet out of those four televised playoff games, was the one where Hamilton defeated them 5-4 in game 6 of the OHL Final to go on to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup.
When you look back to last season, did the better team (Soo Greyhounds) win?
The answer is, no!
But who played in the tougher conference?
The answer is, the Hounds!
The Hounds finished the 2018 postseason with 14 wins and 10 losses while the Bulldogs had it easier with 16 wins and 5 losses.
After sweeping the Saginaw Spirit in four straight games in the Western Conference Quarterfinal Series, the Hounds went on to defeat the Owen Sounds Attack in seven games in the Western Conference Semifinal series, before eliminating the Kitchener Rangers in seven games in the Western Conference Final.
Another thing we may remember before the J. Ross Robertson Cup presentation was, who got the playoff MVP?
The answer is, Robert Thomas!
Who maybe should’ve gotten it instead?
Sure, Robert Thomas led the Bulldogs in scoring during the postseason with 12 goals and 32 points in 21 games, but he was not the top scorer in the postseason.
Thomas actually finished third in scoring during the postseason behind Hounds forwards Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh.
Boris Katchouk led the postseason in goals (19), points (37) and shorthanded goals (2).
Taylor Raddysh finished second in postseason scoring with 13 goals and 34 points.
Sure, the MVP trophy is not necessarily awarded to the top scorer in the league, but when you look at what else Katchouk did, his 37 points put him second on the Soo Greyhounds all-time playoff season points list, passing Rick Tocchet (1984), who had 36.
Katchouk’s 19 goals also moved him into a tie with Jarrett Reid (1993) for second on the Soo Greyhounds all-time playoff season goals list.
So Thomas, who was also a former LONDON KNIGHT, helped the Bulldogs to the OHL Final for the first time in franchise history.
But let’s not forget, the Hounds set a franchise record for most wins (55) and most points (116) in one season.
They also got their names silvered on the Wayne Gretzky Trophy (Western Conference Playoff Champions) and made it to the OHL Final for the first time since 1993.
And don’t forget the two dogs (Hounds and Bulldogs) will be at the GFL Memorial Gardens Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
(Photo credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography)