Between countless penalties and a mismatch in skill level, the Hounds did themselves no favours taking a hard loss at the hands of the London Knights by a final score of 7-1.
The Hounds are in the midst of a tight playoff race to secure one of the final two playoff spots in the OHL’s Western Conference.
Their opponent during Sunday’s game, the London Knights, are a perennial powerhouse who have not missed the playoffs in twenty years.
For the first period of this one, the Hounds dictated much of the pace of play out shooting the Knights in the first ten minutes 7-1. The scoreboard would not reflect on the scoreboard as the Knights jumped out to the early 2-0 lead.
Canadian World Junior gold medalist Connor McMichael would follow up on his own rebound and net his 29th of the year.
The second goal would take Gerard Keane all 34 games he’s played so far to net his first of the season. A goal that Greyhounds netminder Bailey Brkin definitely wanted back as a bad bounce played in the second year defenceman’s favour. The Knights would carry the two goal lead into the second frame.
Trott would come close early in the period with a dazzling five hole goal, but after review, it would be ruled no goal.
The Greyhounds would continue the trend that has them ranked 4th most penalized team in the OHL, as after Connor McMichael would score a beautiful between the legs goal over top of Brkin, would take their fifth penalty of the game just half way through regulation.
Regula would score on the ensuing power play after McMichael’s second of the night, doubling the lead to 4-0.
With McMichael’s tally he has 30 goals on the year.
Joe Carroll would end the shutout bid, with his ninth after a great pass led to a beautiful snipe. Although, this would not be the last goal of the frame as Liam Foudy would notch his 15th from Regula and McMichael. The Hounds would close the frame taking their 7th penalty of the game.
The game would close with Keane scoring his second of the night and on the season, as well as Luke Evangalista getting on the board to make the final score 7-1.
Friday, the Hounds take on the first in the division Saginaw Spirit at the GFL Memorial Gardens.