An undermanned Hounds team was back at things just hours after closing out their 6-1 victory over the Sarnia Sting. An important match-up with only 8 games remaining and trailing the Spirit by 4 points for the West Division lead. Every game is crucial if the Hounds plan on winning the West Division for a third straight year.
With Hayton still out of the lineup with a lower body injury, the loss of Morgan Frost hurts that much more. Frost was assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct late in the Saturday game meaning he was ineligible to play Sunday.
Vilalta was given the night off, as he has started the last 10 games for the Greyhounds, as John Dean gave the nod to Ethan Taylor.
The new look first line of Roth – Pytlik – Howdeshell had the chemistry clicking early, managing to bury the first goal of the game on the heels of an excellent penalty kill. Roth fired a shot on, the puck trickled through and hit the post, before Howdeshell cleaned up the garbage and put away his team leading 45th.
The Hounds would head to the second tied although, 1-1 after the Spitfire received a contribution from Luke Boka.
Purboo opened the frame with a goal only 40 seconds into the game with a soft wrister along the ice that seemingly fooled Taylor. One that he would love to have back.
Howdeshell would bring things back to a tie game, but Purboo managed to tally his second goal of the night as well. A 3-2 lead for the Spitfires prompts Dean to pull Ethan Taylor after allowing 3 goals on 16 shots. In steps Matt Villalta who saw just under half the game between the pipes.
The third period would start slow with the Hounds only mustering up 2 shots on net to begin the period, but third time’s the charm. A beautiful wrap around try was tucked inside the far post of Incze, good for Trott’s 11th for his second point of the night. The GFL Memorial Gardens had new life too it, as the game was tied once more.
The Hounds would have intense pressure for the remainder of the period, forcing Incze to make numerous big stops. The fans would be treated to free hockey, to OT we go.
As 3 on 3 hockey always is, back and forth high intensity for the whole frame. Vilalta was forced to make a huge stop on the break away, but ultimately a beautiful move past Sambrook from Nathan Staios and then a shot tucked under the bar would ice the game with 48.7 seconds remaining
The Greyhounds earned one point, but they need more to have a chance at catching Saginaw, who they face off with Thursday.