The Greyhounds rang in the New Year on Friday night in possibly the worse way possible, as their terrible puck management would see two separate Spitfire players net hat tricks in an embarrassing loss. The final score would be 10-4 Windsor
Friday’s game marked the first of a long five game homestand, that will see the Hounds playing at home until January 17th.
While the Hounds stumbled into the new year dropping their last game on December 30th to the Saginaw Spirit, they had enjoyed a six-game winning streak leading up to that point. The Spitfire have been successful lately boasting a 5-1 record over their previous six games.
The opening of the frame of the decade was far from how John Dean and the Hounds drew things up early on, as not even a minute in would see the first puck past Ethan Taylor. Too much running around had multiple Hounds out of position, leaving Will Cuylle in front for his 12th of the year from Luke Boka.
40 seconds would pass where Hounds rookie sensation Tanner Dickinson would take a costly tripping penalty on an attempted zone entry. The ensuing power play would extend the Spitfire lead to two goals as Daniel D’Amico would score his 12th.
Cullen McLean would do an excellent job of making a nothing shift into something. Managing to force his way to the net after keeping a hold of the puck, managed to draw a tripping penalty against Chris Playfair. The following man advantage would see the Hounds get on the board with Billy Constantinou wiring a shot past Xavier Medina. That would be Constantinou’s 34th point in his 38th game split between Kingston and the Sault.
The Hounds would fail on the next powerplay attempt, allowing the Spitfire to come back to full strength and net the next goal. A shot through two Hound block attempts and over the glove of an already down Taylor, D’Amico would score his second of the period and once again extend the Spitfire lead back to two goals.
D’Amico would complete the hat trick in the first frame with under two to go. Absolutely no help for Ethan Taylor as Cole Purboo was providing great net front presence for his teammate to notch his third of the night and 14th of the year.
The second period would continue with defensive lapses, as even with starter Bailey Brkin in net in could not stop the bleeding. The Spitfire would only need a minute and a half until Afanaseyv would score on a great two on one opportunity. This game was not half way over, and Windsor would enjoy a four goal lead.
The Hounds would not take their foot off the gas, as a seemingly dead play saw a LeGuerrier shot hit a leg in front and bounce perfectly out for Joe Carrol to clean up the garbage in front, to cut the lead down to three goals. 5-2 with plenty of time remaining.
The Spitfire would have the next puck pass a goalie but it would be waved off. With a nasty hit to Ryan O’Rourke that would see him head straight to the dressing room, a Luke Boka goal would be waved off. The next powerplay would see Robert Calisti score his 12th and shorten the lead, once again a two goal lead.
Will Cuylle would kill all of the momentum, as he scored the first of the game and now the sixth as the Hounds were once again in the box. D’Amico would also add a fourth goal on the evening extending the lead to 7-3.
Another 5 minutes passes until a second Spitfire completes a hat trick, as Will Cuylle would score his second straight and 3rd of the game to join D’Amico with hat tricks. The score would increase 8-3.
The third period would need over half the frame for its first goal, as Johnson of the Spitfire would snap one over the glove of Brkin. The Spitfire would extend the lead to six.
Zack Trott would be the last goal for the Hounds, but they would not be allowed to enjoy it as D’Amico would manage his fifth of the night. 10-4 would be the night’s final score.
The Hounds have no time to dwell, as they’re right back at it again tomorrow night at home against the Sarnia Sting. Puck drop is set for 7:07