Rory Kerins leads the charge for the Hounds 8-5 over the Battalion


Rory Kerins put the Greyhounds on his back scoring a huge hat trick leading the Hounds to a big win that they almost blew.

Over 2,700 fans packed the GFL Memorial Gardens and fans did not leave disappointed. You could just feel the excitement in the air as these fans tonight were loud and proud cheering on their home team. Going into this game the Soo Greyhounds were sitting 2nd in the western conference, while the North Bay Battalion were tied for 2nd in the east.  Both teams came out of the gate hungry however the Hounds were able to strike first. 

1st period: We started on time, coach!

As we talked about in our 705 Sports Hounds key to victory, the Hound Pound needed to start on time and oh boy did they ever. #26 Marco Mignosa scored just 26 seconds into the game with a picture perfect wrist shot. The Greyhounds kept the pressure on after their first goal, out shooting the Battalion 8-2 within the first 10 minutes of the game. 

North Bay was coming off of a hard fought game last night and it seemed to hurt them early. However, they did seem to find their legs after the first 10 minutes. #5 Tnias Mathurin was able to get the Battalion on the board by being in the right place at the right time, scoring the easy rebound goal.  North Bay seemed to carry the play for a while until the Hounds once again applied so much needed pressure. 

Once our hometown heroes got back to playing their game they were able to get the lead back with goals by #24 Cole MacKay and #23 Rory Kerins. The Greyhounds made some smart plays getting lots of pucks on the net to close off the 1st, holding onto a 3-1 lead, out-shooting North Bay 14-9 and taking full control of this game. Or at least so it seemed. 

2nd period: The Battalion battles back as Hounds make mistakes we see oh too often.

The 2nd period started almost the same way as the 1st. #26 Marco Mignosa scored just 1:26 into the period with another perfect wrist shot, top shelf where momma hides the cookies, giving the Hounds a 4-2 lead.  After this goal however, the Hounds seemed to take their foot off the gas and North Bay started to really pick up the pace.

Even when the Hounds were on the power play, the Battalion were still controlling the game. #9 Josh Currie scored a short handed goal as they just out worked the Hounds power play unit. The Hounds netminder Samuel Ivanov seemed to lose his net on this goal, a goal he most definitely wants back. 

The Hounds were able to strike back quickly, #12 Tye Kartye got a timely goal giving the Hounds a 2 goal lead once again. The Greyhounds seemed to have control of this game and all of a sudden the Battalion turned the tide.  North Bay were able to get 3 goals to close off the second tying the game at 5. The goals were by #11 Liam Arnsby, #22 Matvey Petrov, and #27 Mitchell Russell.

North Bay out shot the Greyhounds 18-8 as they really seemed to take over that 2nd period. You could hear a pin drop at the GFL as fans just seemed shocked at how North Bay took over this game, so far. 

3rd period: Rory Kerins steals the show!

Going into the 3rd period fans seemed worried that the Battalion were going to walk all over the Hounds. However, Rory Kerins had other plans. Rory Kerins got a breakaway and with a perfect shot he scored 5 hole on the Battalion netminder.

After this goal the Hounds never really looked back, getting 2 more goals. One from Rory Kerins, getting his 3rd goal of the game, and the other from #24 Cole Mackay. This gave the Hounds the 8-5 win. The Battalion never seemed to get much going this period as they didn’t appear to control the puck whatsoever. 

Post game: my final thoughts

The Hounds almost reminded me of the Maple Leafs in this game. They had their moments when they looked amazing and other moments when they looked like they didn’t belong in the OHL. The Hounds now move to 1st in the West. However, if they want to keep 1st in the West they will need to play a full 60 minutes and stop taking penalties.

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