If you were to say just weeks ago that the Hounds were on a five game winning streak, with the last playoff spot in hand, some may call you crazy.
But that’s exactly where the Hounds found themselves.
Although a slew of bad penalties and momentum killing goals would be too much for the Greyhounds to overcome, dropping the game and falling outside of a playoff spot by a final score of 5-2.
With the Otters in town, who found themselves tied with the Hounds for the final postseason spot in the OHL’s Western Conference, would force the Hounds to keep the ball rolling to secure a tight grip on the 8th spot.
The Hounds, who are the most penalized team in the West, continued the trend in this one. While the team managed to start the momentum in their way with a high energy shift to open the game, penalties would derail the positive track the Hounds were on.
While both penalties were killed off successfully, it would be the Hounds failing to capitalize on a double minor man advantage as Kerins was hit hard from behind into the boards. They would carry 11 seconds of the power play into the second period to no avail.
The scoreless contest would finally see it’s first tally after a beautiful one man effort by Zack Trott saw him bust through two defenders at the Erie blue line before putting on a beautiful deke to find the back of the net. A goal so nice, he stopped to check the replay on the video board before getting set for the following faceoff.
Two minutes later, an icing call that kept a tired bunch of Hounds on proved costly. A faceoff win cleanly back to the tape of Drew Hunter who ripped a blistering point shot past the glove side of Brkin saw the game tied up. Hunter’s third of the season was assisted by Noah Sedore.
A penalty to Jaden Peca would be the next challenge for the Hounds, but a successful kill yet again would see Peca break out of the box, intercept a pass in the defensive end and start a 2 on 1 rush. Almost potting the go ahead goal, took another penalty while staying hard on the puck. A penalty the fans voiced their displeasure for would still go up to the board as Peca sat for another two minutes.
While it would not cost them, the Hounds would concede the next goal as well as the lead, as Singer would take advantage of a high speed rush with a shot that had eyes and beat Brkin.
Just seconds left in the frame, the Hounds corralled a puck in their own end and tried to make something happen. An errant pass was easily intercepted as Elias Cohen scored with less than three seconds left to push the lead to two goals with a 3-1 lead heading into the final period.
It would be all downhill from there, as the third period started how the second ended; with the puck in the Hounds net. Lazy to start the frame would cost the Hounds, as a weak back around attempt would just barely cross the line. A 4-1 lead off of the stick of Golod for his 13th.
While the building was quiet, the Hounds tried to get some of the buzz back as Marc Boudreau would make a nifty behind the back spin pass right to Alex Johnston would tuck away an easy goal to cut the lead to 4-2.
All for not, as Billy Constantinou would trip up going into a battle along the board, missing his attempted stick lift and clipping an Otter hard under the chin. A double minor that lasts just 10 seconds less than the time remaining in the game would kill any chances at a Hounds comeback.
The Otters would add an empty netter before the end of the game.
The Hounds will try to start another winning streak on Thursday in Barrie, as they take on the Colts.