The Hounds failed to add to their longest winning streak of the season after losing to the Kitchener Rangers 4-3 in OT Sunday afternoon at the GFL Memorial Gardens. A slow start for the Hounds would derail the team from picking up it’s 8th straight win, a streak that started back on January 9th.
The teams were not particularly fond of one other, and the tempo of the game was a perfect example of that.
On the second game of their home back to back, the Greyhounds opened up this matchup at 2 P.M., just 17 hours after wrapping up their previous game over the Peterborough Petes in which the Hounds enjoyed an 8-2 victory. Frost came into the game hot, as he has put up 11 goals and 8 assists over the last 7 contests prior to Sunday’s affair.
The first period wasn’t exactly pretty, as the Hounds only managed a total of 3 shots compared to the Rangers 15.
The Hounds would be lucky, as they escaped the first period only down by one. Kerins would open the scoring with his 6th, and second in two games as he closed out the goal scoring from the night before. The Rangers would bounce back with two from Joseph Garreffa and Mike Petizian.
A chippy first period would also bring light to the penalty box, as the Hounds took four minor penalties, and two of them at the same time which would haunt them after being scored on the ensuing 5 on 3 powerplay.
The second period would see not let up in the pushing and shoving, as post whistle wrestling matches continued. The Hounds managed to get back to playing their style of hockey, as they walk out of the period with the 3-2 lead.
Cutting the shot differential down to a much more respectable 20-17 for the Rangers, they also managed to find the back of the net. Young defenceman Ryan O’Rourke cashed in on his seventh of the season, off of passes from the on fire Morgan Frost and Barrett Hayton. That would tie the game at 2 a piece.
Once again with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas in the building, leafs prospect Mac Hollowell scored again with an almost identical goal to the one he scored the previous game. Walking in on the powerplay from the point and beautiful wrister beating Lucas Pfeil for the one goal lead. Hollowell adds to both his league led for defenceman in goals (16, next closest has 14 with 4 games in hand) and points (54).
The third period would be all but said and done, as Ryan O’Rourke would try and stop a break with his stick, but would clip the attack Ranger and draw blood. With under 6 to play, the Hounds have a four minute penalty to kill.
They failed. As with just a minute remaining the pressure was too much and the Hounds couldn’t clear the zone and Greg Meireles would pot his 22nd on the season. The game now tied at 3.
The goal would be enough to keep the winds in the sails of the Rangers and they managed to seal the deal in the first minute and half of overtime, as Jonathan Yantsis banged home a cross crease puck and it just squeaked under the pad of Matt Villalta.
The Hounds look to start their next win streak in Niagara on Thursday.