With the World Juniors concluded and players returning to their CHL teams, the Greyhounds have their two most important forwards returning to the lineup.
Enter Frost and Hayton. Both were absolutely lights out during the tournament, with Frost finding himself tied for the tournament lead in points with 8 (4G, 4A). Before the game started, a video package played on the video board to honour their time and they were presented a plaque by the president of the team, Tim Lukenda.
Now to the action.
The first period saw the refs allow the majority of the policing handed to the players. Quite a few non-calls made on both ends of the ice, with some clear disdain from the Hounds faithful. Puck drop was 7:07, and the period wrapped up just shortly after 7:30, really putting an emphasis on how few calls were made.
The Hounds would be the first and only team to hit the scoreboard in the first period. Ryan Roth scored his 14th after banging his stick on the ice multiple times until teammate Zack Trott tossed a beautiful pass to him across the crease. Hayton and Frost also had a handful of beautiful chances, but none found the twine. Frost did find himself exchanging choice words with the Sarnia bench before heading down the tunnel for intermission.
The refs would get more involved in the second as tensions would rise. Sarnia would firstly tie up the game at one a piece off the stick of Brayden Guy. He netted his 12th of the campaign, and then the Hounds would head right on the penalty kill as not even a minute later, LeGuerrier would sit for two minutes on slashing call.
The Hounds killed it off, and found themselves the recipient of a man advantage, and they would cash in. MacKay scores his 15th from Frost and Hollowell. The Hounds would leave the ice again with a one goal lead, and again with some chirping coming from the benches before the teams went to the dressing room. The chirping would earn the Hounds a powerplay off of the slashing call on Jacob Perrault.
The third period would add another player to the Sarnia box, as another slashing call on Franco Sproviero would make this a lengthy five on three. Although, to no avail.
Roth and Guy would each score their second of the night to make the game 3-2. Guy would one up Roth as his goal came short handed.
Although the Hounds faithful would have loved to see Roth bury the empty netter, it was Frost who would also tally a two point night with a slapshot that rang off the bar and went in on the open cage. The Hounds played a well executed game against the 6th seeded Sarnia Sting who looked great every step of the way.
The Hounds now turn their attention to Windsor, as they play their second game of a stretch where they play 3 in 4 nights. A tough part of the schedule that will test the Hounds durability.