Greyhounds lose by four goals to the Sudbury Wolves in Ontario Hockey League exhibition game action
The Soo Greyhounds dropped their second exhibition game of the Ontario Hockey League exhibition season, a 5-1 loss to the Sudbury Wolves at the GFL Memorial Gardens on Saturday night.
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the second intermission but the visitors broke out for four third-period goals in the victory.
“I thought we let it get away from us, actually, in the second half of the second period,” Greyhounds head coach John Dean told the Sault Star. “I just thought we started to slow our game down where we weren’t on top of the puck any more, a lot of bobbled pucks. The biggest thing is: I thought we looked disconnected, didn’t look like a group. For us, that’s something we’ll work on moving forward.”
Quentin Musty gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage 58 seconds into the third period, Cole Crowder provided a two-goal cushion at 4:46, Alex Assadourian notched his second power-play goal of the game at 10:20 and Joshua Hoover put the finishing touches on the scoring with an even-strength goal at 17:22.
The last time the two teams played on Sept 5, the Wolves scored four consecutive goals on two separate occassions in an 8-4 victory. The visitors upped that by one on Saturday night.
Dean wasn’t pleased to see the puck getting fished out of the back of the net on multiple occasions.
“The first game we played against them was right out of training camp, so I’m not overly concerned with a bunch of young kids going into the fire,” Dean said. “I think on Saturday, you’re right. I didn’t love the fact we let a bunch of goals in the third period. Again, it’s a young group, playing really their first organized exhibition games. So, do I like what I saw? No. Am I alarmed? No.”
The Greyhounds took a 1-0 lead at 1:01 of the second period when Kalvyn Watson deposited the puck behind Wolves goaltender Mitchell Weeks. Joe Carroll and Robert Calisti assisted on the goal.
Weeks went the distance for the visitors, turning aside 43 of 44 shots.
Even though his club peppered Weeks, Dean thought more could have been accomplished with the disc.
“I don’t think we did a lot in the offensive zone, unfortunately,” Dean said. ”I do think we generated a few chances off the rush, and a few chances off some turnovers by Sudbury. I thought Weeks played a good game, for the most part, but I also thought, on our chances, we didn’t really capitalize too well with a lot of pucks to the chest, looking a little panicked. Again, it’s a product of a young group playing their second ever exhibition game. Did we generate some chances? Yeah. Are we excited about the offence, were we a big threat the entire game? I don’t think so.”
The Wolves tied the game at 1-1 at 11:34 of the second period when Assadourian sniped a man-advantage goal in the low slot to the left of Greyhounds goalie Charlie Schenkel.
From there, the visitors dominated the scoresheet for the remainder of the game.
Samuel Ivanov got the start for the locals and stopped 14 shots, getting subbed out at 9:27 of the second period. Schenkel went the rest of the way and stopped 16 of 21 shots.
The Wolves converted twice on six powerplay opportunities, while the Greyhounds were blanked on five man-advantage chances.
News and notes
Following the Ontario government’s expansion of spectator capacity limits at indoor sporting venues, the Ontario-based facilities of the Ontario Hockey League will be welcoming up to 50 per cent of their respective fan capacities for games beginning on Sept. 25.
“The regular season is fast approaching and it’s an exciting time for everyone,” said OHL commissioner David Branch. “This announcement only amplifies that energy as the League and its member teams look forward to welcoming more of our great fans into venues across the province.”
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