If you want to have a great season, you need to know how to win on the road.
And when you look at the Soo Greyhounds, they have been the best road team in the Ontario Hockey League the last two seasons (2016-2018).
After kicking off their three-game road trip with a 3-2 win against the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday night at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, the Hounds were back in action on Friday night as they were in Kitchener to take on the Rangers.
The Hounds scored a season-high seven goals on Friday night as they defeated the Rangers by a score of 7-4 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
The Hounds scored three goals in the opening 9:24 of the first period.
Morgan Frost opened the scoring for the second straight game just fifty nine seconds into the first, scoring his tenth goal of the season from Cole MacKay and Joe Carroll to put the Hounds up 1-0.
Ryan Roth’s third goal of the season at 2:51, gave the Hounds a 2-0 lead.
Jordan Sambrook and Barrett Hayton had the assists on Roth’s goal.
Carp, Ontario native Joe Carroll would then get his third goal of the season from Cole MacKay at 9:24, putting the Hounds up by three.
MacKay’s assist on Carroll’s tally, gave him ten assists on the season, which passed his assists total (9) from last season.
The Rangers would then respond at the 13:33 mark of the first, courtesy of Jonathan Yantsis’ power play goal from Riley Damiani and Rickard Hugg, cutting the Hounds lead to 3-1.
The Hounds would then get a power play goal of their own, courtesy of captain Barrett Hayton’s sixth goal of the season from Cole MacKay and Morgan Frost at 15:13, giving the red and white a 4-1 lead.
Hayton’s sixth goal of the season and second point of the game, also gave him his one hundredth career point.
The Rangers would cut the Hounds lead to 4-2 with 1:23 to go in the first period, courtesy of Greg Meireles’ sixth goal of the season from Jack York and Jonathan Yantsis.
The Hounds took a 4-2 lead heading into the second.
Defenceman Mac Hollowell put the Hounds up 5-2 at the 8:58 mark of the second, scoring his fourth goal of the season from Brett Jacklin.
Rangers goaltender Luke Richardson, who gave up five goals on twenty shots, was then replaced in net by Lucas Pfeil.
The Hounds scoring did not stop though, as defenceman Jordan Sambrook scored his third goal of the season just twenty three seconds later, giving the red and white a four goal lead.
Sambrook, who scored his third goal of the season, only had three goals in twenty nine regular season games with the Hounds last season.
Dallas Stars 2018 fifth round pick Riley Damiani scored his sixth goal of the season from Donovan Sebrango and Jonathan Yantsis at 13:54, cutting the Hounds lead to 6-3.
The Hounds would the go back up by four at the 15:34 mark of the second, courtesy of Morgan Frost’s shorthanded goal.
Keeghan Howdeshell had the assist on what would be Frost’s second goal of the game.
The Hounds took a 7-3 lead heading into the third.
Greg Meireles scored his second goal of the game from Jonathan Yantsis at the 12:43 mark of the third, cutting the Hounds lead to 7-4.
Hounds goaltender Matthew Villalta made thirty one saves for the win.
Lucas Pfeil, who replaced Luke Richardson in net after the Hounds made it 5-2, gave up two goals on ten shots the rest of the way.
With the win, the Hounds have now improved their record to ten wins, three losses and two overtime losses, good for twenty two points.
The Hounds also became the second team to hit ten wins on the season, joining the Ottawa 67’s.
The Hounds will now conclude their three-game road trip on Sunday afternoon in Guelph for a matchup against the Storm.
(Photo credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography)