The Greyhounds fought valiantly, but the lack of power play success in the decisive game six would be too much to overcome as the Hounds are officially eliminated from the 2019 OHL Playoffs. Saginaw takes the series 4-2 and sees the franchises first conference final birth. Sault Ste. Marie’s own Nick Porco’s second period goal would stand as the game winner in the 5-0 Saginaw win.
Coming into this one
What a coming out party for Morgan Frost on Friday night.
As the Hounds keep pushing to stay alive with every game holding the potential for elimination, Frost and company pulled off a massive game five win to return the GFL Memorial Gardens for game six.
Frost managed to earn himself a hat trick during his four point outing, pulling ahead of the Spirits Owen Tippet for second among OHL Playoff scorers. His 18 points puts him behind London Knight sensation Evan Bouchard who has the lead at 20.
The Hounds would need some more Morgan magic to force a game seven back in Saginaw Tuesday.
Jaden Peca played an instrumental part in game five as well, notching a pair of goals. The Hounds would take a hit before the game started, as Peca would not be eligible to suit up for this one as he serves his first of two games for what the league calls an “inappropriate gesture”.
The fans were rowdy at the start of it, but a stalemate of a first would take some of the winds out of their sails.
A 0-0 game does not always suggest the period was lulling, as the first 20 were far from that. Both goalies made some miraculous saves to keep their teams knotted up. The most notable would come from number 31. Vilalta had a puck caught up in his feet behind the net before a failed clearing attempt. The puck ended up right in front of the goal before he dove in front and shut the door.
The second would start all Greyhounds. High pressure chances that are all turned aside by Prosvetov.
Saginaw would be first to hit the board as two Sooites connect. Baber set up a beautiful 2 on 1 pass to Porco who had to just hit the net and that he did. Saginaw would go up 1-0.
A failed power play after a Busdeker took a double minor would prove costly as the Spirit managed to score once again before the end of the period. The goal would be Ryan McLeod’s fourth of the playoffs, as it just squeaked in under Vilalta’s blocker side.
The third would not see a goal until there was just eight and a half minutes left on the clock, but it was not for the red and white. Rather a brutal turn over directly in front of the Hounds goal led to Damien Giroux roofing it glove side to give the Spirit the three goal lead late.
A strong attack with the net empty would not be enough as the Hounds would give up two empty net goals. The Hounds season officially ends, as Frost, Holowell, Sambrook and Vilalta all played their final game in the OHL.
Saginaw now moves on to play the winner of the London Knights and Guelph Storm. There is a game 7 to be played in the series.