On the first night of a back to back, and their 2nd game of three in four nights, the Hounds found themselves pitted up against the Windsor Spitfire.
The Spitfire came into Friday’s game in 7th place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference, enjoying a 4 point differential between them and the 9th place Barrie Colts. The Windsor Spitfire had made one of the bigger splashes when it comes to trades this year in the OHL, shipping off the World Junior starting goalie for Team Canada, Mikey Dipietro to the Ottawa 67’s. This trade prepares them for an imminent rebuild in the future as they earned upwards of 5 picks, that could turn into 8.
Newest signee to the team, Jaromir Pytlik, a 2018 2nd round pick from the import draft found himself debuting tonight, and John Dean made sure to give the 17 year old some help. He was on the ice for the opening draw, the right winger for the elite Morgan Frost and over age breakout star Keeghan Howdeshell.
There line was rolling early in this one.
A poor power play attempt didn’t deter the hounds as a strong push down the ice from Howdeshell saw a beautiful pass across the width of the ice to Morgan Frost. Frost threw it infront for Pytlick, and at first glance it looked like the kid buried his first OHL goal, but it went off the stick of the Spitfire defenseman and up over the blocker of Colton Incze. Pytlick will have to wait for his first, but the Hounds won’t; an early 1-0 lead.
Cole MacKay found himself battling hard downlow infront of the Spitfire net, wacking at a loose puck the ref thought was covered and took a penalty. The Hounds faithful let the refs know their displeasure, but the ensuing power play would be enough to get the Spitfire on the board and to restart the game at one a piece. The goal would be Luka Boca’s 7th on the season.
Frost and Howdeshell would manage to connect on another goal to send the Hounds with a one goal lead into the second. Hayton would also tally an assist.
The second would see a couple more goals for the hounds, and these ones would as well feature Frost in some capacity, as at this point he has been apart of all four Greyhound goals.
Will Cuyle of the Spitfire would open the scoring for the second and would tie the game up once more. Hayton would answer back on the powerplay, with the assists from Frost and Hollowell, and then Frost would manage to pick up his second of the night in the final minute of the second, with Hayton picking up his third point of the night with the only assist.
The third period the intensity picked up from Windsor, who played a terrific 20 minutes. They hit the post numerous times, but those inches were the ones that mattered, as the Hounds managed to only give up one goal, and close out the game 4-3. Cole Purboo would pot his 20th, but that’s is as close as they would come to completing the comeback.
Pytlick looked fantastic during his first OHL game. Coming HC Vítkovice Ridera of the Czech Extraliga, he is used to playing against grown men. He had a plethora of quality scoring chances, and you could tell the fans at the GFL Memorial Gardens were hoping he buried one every chance he got with the way they enthusiastically and optimistically groaned. He will get another chance to tally his first goal tomorrow, at 7 PM, when the Hounds host the Mississauga Steelheads.