After dropping the game Saturday night, the Hounds looked to bounce back from a 7-4 loss at the hands of the Barrie Colts, this time turning their attention to the North Bay Battalion.
The Hounds made short work of the Battalion, taking them down 11-2, scoring four goals off of a major powerplay. Between a 200 foot own goal against North Bay, a penalty shot and a fight, this game will definitely sit as an out-lier for the rest of the season. Zack Trott lead the way offensively for the Hounds with a four point performance, while Etha Taylor picked up the win between the pipes.
The first period started slow and staggered as both teams were doing their best to get things clicking early. Sloppy passes and a general sense of chaos between the battle of the northern Ontario clubs to start the affair.
The Hounds would manage to hit the scoreboard first, this time with the special teams unit stepping up. Tanner Dickinson would take a feed from Billy Constantinou, then manage to dish the puck off to Robert Calisti who ripped home his second of the season from the blue line.
Jaden Peca would keep the pressure going in the offensive zone, streaking in and letting a shot go before corralling his own rebound and finding the twine for the 2-0 lead. Kartye and LeGuerrier picked up the helpers.
Harrison Caines of the Battalion would end the first frame scoring, taking a beautiful pass from Luke Moncada and beating Ethan Taylor for his second of the season. His celebration including taking the imaginary monkey off his back and throwing it into the stands.
The Hounds special teams would open the second frame’s scoring as well, with Ryan O’Rourke’s point shot having eyes and finding the top corner of Proulx’s net. Pytlik and Kerins would show as the helpers.
In what easily has to be one of the most bizarre goals of the Greyhounds young season came without touching the puck. While on a delayed penalty call the North Bay Battalion cycled the puck down below the Hounds net before throwing a bank pass off the boards. The man at the point missed the pass which ended up travelling the length of the ice and finding the empty net. The goal would go to Alex Johnston.
The Hounds would eventually score on the following penalty kill to stretch the lead to 5-1. Trott would claim this one and it would send the Hounds to break sitting comfortably with a four goal lead.
The third would see the Battalion do their part in keeping the fans inside the GFL Memorial Gardens, starting off the frame with a powerplay goal from Struthers just a minute and a half in.
Tensions would boil over at this point where multiple fights broke out after a clean LeGurrier hit. Four men would hit the penalty box in total with the Hounds earning themselves a seven minute man advantage. Dominic Mufarreh, Rob Calisti (second of the game), MacKay, and Ryan O’Rourke (second of the game) would all manage to score on the same power play.
Bringing the score to double digits would be Rory Kerins, and then Cole MacKay would add another in the demolition of the Battalion. The final score would be 11-2. The Hounds will head on their second road trip, with their first stop on Thursday in Saginaw.