The Greyhounds played host to the Niagara Ice Dogs Saturday night, just 24 hours after the 5-1 loss to the Guelph Storm.
The Greyhounds would come out with the massive 10-1 win to end their three game losing streak.
The Hounds are in desperate need to string wins together if they wish to find a spot in the OHL playoffs come March, currently out of the picture by four points. Erie holds the final spot.
The team came into Saturday’s match up with a 3-7 record in the last ten and riding a 3 game losing streak, just a bit better than the Ice Dogs 1-9 in their past ten but lost the last 7 games straight.
The Hounds managed to start this one picture perfect, notching a goal on the power play from a textbook tic-tac-toe passing play that set up rookie Tanner Dickinson’s fifth of the year. Assists go to Rory Kerins and Joe Carroll.
An excellent first period would be highlighted by Bailey Brkin’s first save coming with under seven minutes remaining in the opening twenty. A testament to the great responsible play from the team.
Rory Kerins would notch a goal himself off of a seemingly harmless play. Cole MacKay dished a cross-ice backhand pass that took a nice bounce off the opposite boards. Chased down by Kerins who went upstairs on Christian Sbaraglia for the 2-0 lead.
Zack Trott took a two minute slashing minor with 9 seconds left in the frame to allow the Ice Dogs to start the second with a power play
While the Ice Dogs would not capitalize to start the period, they would score next as Adrian Bruder would receive an excellent drop pass from Castleman to get Niagara on the board.
Almost immediately after, Niagara would take a tripping penalty that the Hounds would use to restore their two goal lead. Carroll would notch his 16th of the year from Pytlick and Dickinson with over half the period to go.
Alex Johnston and Jaromir Pytlik would both score before the end of the frame, increasing the lead to four goals with a 5-1 game. The Hounds dominated the shot clock through two with a 34-14 advantage.
Joe Carroll would make himself the most recent player to notch a “lacrosse goal”, as Niagara defenders gave him time behind the net to flip the puck on his stick and into the net. The goal that is more common each day extended the Hounds lead to 6-1.
Peca (with two), Kerins and Calisti would all add markers before the game was over as the Hounds decimated the Ice Dogs 10-1.
The Hounds wrap up their four game home stand on Wednesday against the Saginaw Spirit.