Hounds hand Rangers first regulation time loss

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After kicking off their six game homestand with a 4-1 victory over the Flint Firebirds on Wednesday night, the Soo Greyhounds were looking to extend their winning streak to two games on Friday night as they took on the Kitchener Rangers at the GFL Memorial Gardens.

Friday night’s game was also a rematch from last season’s Western Conference Finals matchup, when the Hounds eliminated the Rangers in seven games to go on to win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy.

The Hounds put up four goals for the second straight game on Friday night as they defeated the Kitchener Rangers by a score of 4-1.

“I thought it was great,” said Hounds second year forward Zack Trott. “The guys are really playing well and we want to keep it up heading into Sunday.”

Trott recorded his first career multi point point game on Friday night, setting up two goals.

“It feels great,” continued Trott. “I can’t take full credit though because the guys help me out a lot and it’s going great.”

Trott’s two assists on Friday night, gave him three assists on the season, passing his assist total (1) from one season ago.

The Honeywood, Ontario, native, who now has five points this season, also passed his point total (3) from one season ago.

“I think the guys I’m playing with are doing great,” continued Trott. “I’m having a lot of opportunities and I’m hoping everything continues to work out.”

Sooite Cole MacKay opened the scoring for the Hounds for the second straight game, scoring his fourth goal of the season from Morgan Frost and Zack Trott at the 1:08 mark of the first period.

Overage defenceman Mac Hollowell, who was playing in his 200th career regular season game on Friday night, scored his second goal of the season from Morgan Frost and Zack Trott at 16:52, putting the Hounds up 2-0 after one period of play.

Brighton Michigan, native Keeghan Howdeshell extended his goal streak to two games with his third goal of the season from Holden Wale and captain Barrett Hayton at the 16:36 mark of the second, putting the Hounds up by three after two periods of play.

Rangers forward Richard Hugg scored his sixth goal of the season from Riley Damiani and Greg Meireles at the 16:09 mark of the third, cutting the Hounds lead to 3-1.

Hounds captain Barrett Hayton would then score his second goal of the season into an empty net from Keegan Howdeshell and Morgan Frost with 1:00 to go in the third, putting the red and white up 4-1.

Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta was named third star of the game, making 27 saves for the Hounds victory.

Rangers goaltender Luke Richardson gave up 3 goals on 29 shots in the loss.

With the win, the Hounds have now improved their record to 5 wins, 3 losses and 1 overtime loss while the Rangers record has now fallen to 4 wins, 1 loss and 2 overtime losses.

The Hounds will now face the North Bay Battalion this Sunday at 2:07 p.m. at the GFL Memorial Gardens.

Sunday afternoon’s game will also be North Bay’s second visit to the Soo this season.

“I think we just have to keep doing what we’re doing,” concluded Trott. “We’re playing well right now and hopefully we can continue it.”

(Photo credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography)