The Hounds will have a large hole to dig out of, as they now trail the Saginaw Spirit 3 games to 0. The Hounds dropped game three by a final score 7-5.
The road to Saginaw and back was a rough, rough ride.
While many people can point to an instance when a team down two games to none came back to win the series, they may have a much harder time finding an instance when it happened on the heels of a 10-1 loss.
Back at home, the Greyhounds found themselves in that exact scenario Tuesday night.
The first two minutes and fifteen seconds to this one was easily some of the most bizarre hockey of the OHL season.
A minute and seven seconds in Morgan Frost would help his case to silence his critics, banging home a puck past the outreached pad of Prosvetov. 1-0 good guys.
Just twenty seconds later a mad scramble in front of the Spirit net saw Cole MacKay do his best impression of Auston Matthews goal celebration, imitating the motion a referee makes to signal a good goal.
Not so fast.
The puck had actually hit the post and came back out to sit under the visiting netminder. No goal.
The Spirit would have a burst of energy after the no goal call. Firing in a puck which seemed harmless, Vilalta left the crease to play the puck. The dump in would hit a linesman skate, and bounce right on in the empty net.
The goal was immediately waved off. The crowd and both teams were sharing the feeling; stunned. Either way, the game stayed at 1-0. If a puck touches the referee and finds itself going directly into the net, it is ruled no goal.
Ryan O’Rourke wanted to do his part in giving the Hounds their largest lead of the series. After O’Rourke dished on three hits (without initiating the contact, to add) before a last ditch, out of gas effort to dish the puck to lead to a Hounds 2 on 1 rush. Hayton knows how to snipe, and all of a sudden the Hounds have two goal lead.
Another play similar to the no goal play involving Cole MacKay, this one would count as Pytlik would bury his 4th of the playoffs, and the team that lost 10-1, owned a three goal lead.
The Saginaw would manage one goal before the frame ended, but the Hounds would head to the second with a two goal lead.
The second started as all Spirit. After the Hounds only managed one zone exit in the first two minutes, the Spirit’s pressure was too much as after a beautiful blocker save by Vilalta, a second chance on the rebound would reach the back of the net. DJ Busdeker would pick up his second of the playoffs, with Sooite Nick Porco picking up the primary assist.
The back and forth affair would continue, as Joe Carroll would put on a one man show, bust through the defence and score an absolute beautiful goal to restore the two goal.
In a span of two minutes mid way through the middle frame, the Spirit would score three unanswered. Wilde, Gilmour and Baber all found the back of the net on a few attempts Matt Vilalta will wish he had back.
Joe Carroll would pick up his second of the night a minute later to finish the scoring in the third. A 5-5 tie would be taken into the third.
It wouldn’t be until 6 minutes left into the frame that the tie would be broken. A too many men bench minor to the Hounds, and a Morgan Frost who left the game holding his shoulder were a perfect storm. Cole Perfetti’s third of the playoffs would be good for the 6-5 lead.
Although Frost would make it back to the game before the final buzzer, Tippett would still manage his 9th goal and 17th point of the playoffs, icing the game 7-5.
Game four of the series will take place Thursday night at the GFL Memorial Gardens, puck drop is set for 7 P.M.