This is a game the Hounds will need to put past them sooner rather than later.
The boys in red and white were at once again Wednesday night with a battle for first place of the West Division on the table, as the Saginaw Spirit (80 points) rolled into town just two points back of the Hounds (82 points). For all intensive purposes, this was a 4 point game. The Hounds would drop this contest, and to say it was a close game would be far from the truth as the game would finish
The Hounds would start this game with the unfortunate news that captain Barrett Hayton would miss his 4th straight game with what the team is calling a charlie horse.
The first period would be highlighted by the intensity. While maybe not every shift was as perfect as John Dean and company would have liked, the pace was high. Big checks that were finished, but were clean. No penalties called in the first had the players policing themselves. Though the Hounds would hit the board first and take 1-0 lead from Zack Trott’s 9th, it would be the Spirit taking the lead into the second period with a 2-1 lead. A beautiful play from Sooite Nicholas Porco to set up Gilmour would be the marker that put the Spirit up for the first time.
The second period would see the air taken right out of the Hounds and the fans. Two goals were had and both went in favour of the Spirit who looked dominate. Always having that extra step on the Greyhounds would prove costly as both Giroux and Porco would put a tally up. The shots told a lot of the story as after 40 minutes, the Spirit had the 23-14 advantage.
The first shot of the third would continue the trend as it found its way right past Vilalta. The Spirit were running away with it with almost an entire period to go. The Hounds would manage to put two more up on the board with just under two left, but most of the crowd had already left. The goals would come off of MacKay’s and Calisti’s blades, making the final score 5-3.
For fans wondering, the Saginaw Spirit will have the tie break if it comes down to it, as they have clinched the regular season series. The Hounds will try again to distance themselves from the Spirit on Friday when they host the Oshawa Generals Friday, at the GFL Memorial Gardens. Puck drop is set for 7:07.