After doubling up the Saginaw Spirit 6-3 back on Wednesday night and moving into sole possession of first place in the Western Conference, the Soo Greyhounds were back in action on Friday night as they took on the Kingston Frontenacs for their second and final meeting of the regular season at the GFL Memorial Gardens.
The Hounds, who beat the Frontenacs 4-1 in Kingston back on October 5th, were looking to sweep the regular season series against Kingston for the third straight season.
The Hounds finished a perfect 2-0 against the Frontenacs this season as they defeated them 4-3 in overtime at the GFL Memorial Gardens on Friday night.
Hounds leading scorer Morgan Frost had a pair of power play goals, including the overtime winner.
Frost, who finished the night with three points (2g 1a), also moved into a tie with Hamilton Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev for first in league scoring with twenty two points.
“We were excited to just escape with two points and I thought Morgan Frost was the best player on the ice tonight to be honest,” said Hounds head coach John Dean. “He played 200 feet and worked his but off. I was glad to see 27 (Barrett Hayton) and 16 (Morgan Frost) click at the end and get rewarded.”
Hounds captain Barrett Hayton also had a big night offensively on Friday night, scoring his first career shorthanded goal and setting up another.
“Barrett’s a natural leader,” continued Dean. “He’s the kind of player that wants the game on his stick. He always has some kind of idea and he’s always thinking the game and trying to figure out different ways to beat the opponent.”
Second year forward Joe Carroll, who returned the Hounds lineup on Friday night after missing three games due to an injury, opened the scoring for the Hounds at the 15:59 mark of the first period.
“I thought Joe Carroll was phenomenal tonight,” continued Dean. “This is the best game he’s played all year after coming off an injury.”
Hounds rookie netminder Ethan Taylor, who got his third start in net on Friday night, picked up his second win of the season and his second win against the Frontenacs.
“I’m happy for Ethan,” said Hounds head coach John Dean. “He’s seen three periods in one game and he’s seen so many different situations now. For a young goaltender, he’s already seen some critical minutes and some critical experiences in tight games, including overtime.”
Taylor made 21 saves for the victory.
“It’s all positive and we’re fortunate we got the win tonight,” continued the Hounds head coach.
Hounds defenceman Mac Hollowell had his second straight three point game, setting up three goals on Friday night while Sooite Cole MacKay had his second straight two point game with a pair of assists.
Brett Neumann had a goal and an assist for the Frontenacs while assistant captain Jason Robertson also had a two point night with a pair of helpers.
Matt Hotchkiss and Jacob Murray had a goal each for the Frontenacs while Bryan Laureigh and Mitchell Bryne had one assist each.
Frontenacs goaltender Brendan Bonello gave up 4 goals on 31 shots in the loss.
With the victory, the Hounds have now improved their record to 7 wins, 3 losses and 2 overtime losses while the Frontenacs record drops to 3 wins, 7 losses and 1 overtime loss.
The Hounds will now conclude their six game homestand on Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. when they take on the Hamilton Bulldogs at the GFL Memorial Gardens.
This will be the first time these two clubs will meet since the Bulldogs upset the Hounds in last season’s OHL Final.
“For me obviously there’s a bit less of a sting, but I think for the older guys, they’re going to remember what happened last season and they’re going to be energized,” concluded Dean.
(Photo credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography)