The game would have some hearts beating a bit faster than normal near the end, but the Hounds pulled of the 4-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack.
The tale of the tape for the Sunday afternoon matinee, pitted the 3rd in the western conference Soo Greyhounds against the 6th placed team in the same conference, the Owen Sound Attack. While the Hounds have already clinched a spot in the OHL playoffs, the Attack are a different story. Coming into this one, 8 points separated them and a non-playoff spot.
Owen Sound as of late have not been able to figure out what team they want to be. They’re last three games have been shooting galleries, losing 9-0 to Niagara, taking out Battalion 8-4, and then letting another 9 past them just this Friday, in a 9-1 loss to the Wolves. The Hounds went into the game on a two game losing skid.
The first period would see the high tensions from the previous games carry over, as each team had three men take a trip to the box. The Hounds would give up one on the powerplay to Doherty, and would tally one themselves from Keeghan Howdeshell, concluding the initial 20 minutes tied up 1-1.
The 2nd frame would open up with one of the more bizarre goals of the Hounds season. While the Hounds were on the attack, their last shot of the zone entry went wide and around the boards. It wasn’t until Vilalta covered at the other end until the Hounds noticed what happened. The replay was shown on the board of the Hounds last shot and it was clear the puck would’ve went in if the net had been properly secured down on the ice. The bench erupted and pointed at the screen prompting a video review. The review showed what the Hounds saw and it was deemed a good goal, McLean notches his 6th.
Sambrook would add one more, and the Hounds would give up one on a 5-3 penalty kill. 3-2 heading to the final period of play.
Howdeshell would score in the first half of the period, as a failed wrap around attempt for Hollowell would convert into a beautiful pass for the goal. A two goal lead that would be held until 1:55 remained in the period, where the empty net would pay off for the Attack who cut the lead down to one in thanks to Pearson.
That would be as close as this contest would come, as Vilalta stood tall making a couple of quality stops. The Hounds end their short two game losing streak, and look to build to the winning streak come Wednesday in Sudbury against the Wolves.
Three stars of the game:
- Keeghan Howdeshell
- Jordan Sambrook
- Morgan Frost