The Soo Greyhounds open up the 2019 playoffs against the Owen Sound Attack Thursday night at the GFL Memorial Gardens.
As you all know, the Dogs had their leash stretched to almost a breaking point last year to same OS team winning the series in seven long games.
This year, however, the teams are not as evenly matched and the Hounds should prevail in much less time. This saw the Dogs win the only two games of the regular season. with the last one coming on March 3 where a limping puppy was struggling to fill the void left by an injured Barrett Hayton.
During the last couple weeks in the season, the Hounds won 5 of their last 6 while the Attack played under 500 hockey. The recent woes before turning things around for the Hounds was the result of lost veteran leadership with Frost suspended for 3 and Barrett missing about 6 games due to an undisclosed/confirmed injury.
The Greyhounds through motivational coaching and hard work kept things close (during the stumble) without two huge pieces of the puzzle and settled back into a winning and healthy confidence at the right time.
I don’t see this series going very long and I don’t see Jacob, Keeghan, or any other returning members of last years cast letting this one go one period further than it should. Memories of last years shocking loss to Hamilton and seventh games and overtimes are way too fresh. These Dogs have healed physically, but the mental Bruises R Still Fresh
The Soo Greyhounds finished almost 30 points ahead of OS in the regular season and the gap would have been much worse with Barrett and Morgan in the lineup for all 68 games. Aside from injuries and suspensions, Barrett missed quite a bit of the season either being kept up by Arizona for an extended “look”……… and they both (Hayton/Frost) missed games during the World Juniors.
The Hounds boast some prolific top scoring talent whereas OS relied on Aidan Dudas who just barely cracked the top 50 in league scoring with 62 points while playing in all 68 games.
Moving forward, the Dogs, are led into this race with top coaching talent, a very experienced Matty V between the pipes, and last but not least………….the all-important home-ice advantage.
Having said all of this, your Soo Greyhounds will win this series in 7 games…………TOPS !!
**The Soo Greyhounds have also announced the extension of GM Kyle Raftis contract to run 3 more campaigns**
You came into the season this year as “underdogs”; so prove the naysayers’ wrong boys !!
Go Hounds Go,