It was a game that Soo fans had circled on their calendars since the start of the 2018-2019 season.
Soo Greyhounds vs Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday, October 20th!
Tonight’s game was the first time these two clubs met since the Bulldogs upset the Hounds in last season’s OHL Final.
Heading into Saturday night’s contest, Hounds forward Morgan Frost and Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev had twenty two points each and were tied for first in league scoring.
On Saturday night, the Hounds defeated the Bulldogs by a score 4-3 at the GFL Memorial Gardens and have concluded their six game homestand with five wins and one overtime loss.
“Sometimes when you start on the road, you find your growing pains really quick and that might’ve been the best thing that ever happened to us,” said Hounds head coach John Dean. “We made a lot of mistakes on the road, but we came back and had a great six game homestand and we found a way to win in front of our home crowd.”
Hounds overage forward Keeghan Howdeshell recorded his first Ontario Hockey League hat trick, which included a pair of power play tallies.
After falling behind 1-0 at the 4:26 mark of the first period, Howdeshell scored the exact same lacrosse style goal that he scored in game 2 of last season’s Western Conference quarterfinal series against Saginaw.
When everyone saw the replay of Howdeshell’s goal that tied the game at one at the 10:16 mark of the first, they couldn’t believe it was the exact same highlight reel goal that made national headlines last season.
“To watch Keeghan Howdeshell score a goal like that is pretty impressive,” concluded Dean. “He works hard game in and game out every night and the players and staff call him “The Horse.” To watch “Horse” get rewarded and play like that and put the team on his back was a lot of fun to watch.”
Zack Trott’s third goal of the season at the 1:27 mark of the third period, proved to be the game winner.
Morgan Frost and Barrett Hayton had a pair of assists each for the Hounds while Jordan Sambrook, Cullen McLean and Cole MacKay set up one goal each.
Frost’s two assist performance on Saturday night, gave him twenty four points on the season, moving him into first in league scoring, passing Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev.
Matthew Strome led the way offensively for the Bulldogs with a pair of power play goals and an assist.
Bulldogs captain MacKenzie Entwistle had a power play goal while Kade Landry, Brandon Saigeon, Arthur Kaliyev and Nicholas Mattinen all chipped in with one assist each.
Bulldogs rookie netminder Zachary Roy gave up four goals on thirty nine shots in the loss while Hounds goaltender Matthew Villalta made twenty four saves for the victory.
With the win, the Hounds have now improved their record to 8 wins, 3 losses and 2 overtime losses, good for 18 points.
The Hounds will now get set for a three-game road swing, beginning next Thursday at 7:05 p.m., when they visit Windsor to take on the Spitfires at the WFCU Centre.
(Photo credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography)