Greyhounds Open Regular Season with Dramatic Overtime Victory
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September 21st, 2012 at 11:47pm | Last Updated September 22nd, 2012 at 11:07am
Sault Greyhounds Forward Brandon Alderson scored a pair of goals including the overtime winner to give the Hounds a 6-5 victory over the visiting Plymouth Whalers on Friday night. Alderson skated hard down the left side and fired a shot from a bad angle that beat Whalers goaltender Matt Mahalak short side just 22 seconds into over time.
Rookie forward Jared McCann would tie the game with just 1:31 left in the game firing a nice feed from Mitchell Dempsey past Mahalak to force the game into overtime to set up Aldersons heroics.
The Hounds stormed out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Sergei Tolchinsky and a shorthanded goal by Alderson after the opening period. Dylan Staples would make it 3-0 for the home side four minutes into the second period.
But the Whalers would responding scoring five straight goals past Hounds starting goaltender Matt Murray. Cody Payne would open the scoring for the Whalers 18 seconds after the goal by Staples. Winger Alex Aleardi would cut the lead to 3-2 on a shorthanded marker and defenseman Connor Carrick would even things at 3 at the 12:24 mark. Give Ryan Hartman The teams would head to the third period even at 3.
ust under seven minutes into the third period, Plymouth would pull out in front 4-3 on a goal by Garret Meurs. The Whalers would add to that lead just 14 seconds later on a goal by Stefan Noesen making it 5-3.
Hounds goaltender Matt Murray faced a barrage in the third period but did his best to hold the home team in the game making a number of big saves in the third period.
With Plymouth dominating, out shooting the Hounds heavily it would be a fight between centre Mark Petaccio of the Sault and that would spark the home side at the 8:51 mark of the period. Whalers defender and former Hound Gianluca Cucuruto would pick up an extra penalty for crosschecking on the play.
The Greyhounds would capitalize on the man advantage. 2011 first round draft pick Darnell Nurse would pick up his third assist of the game setting of veteran defender with a one-timer that he first past Mahalak to pull the Hounds within one at 5-4. Sproul finished with a goal and two assists in the game and was named first star.
The Hounds would tie the game on the goal by McCann before Alderson’s overtime winner.
Murray finished the game with 37 stops on 42 shots for the Hounds while Mahalak gave up six goals on 31 shots for the visiting Whalers.
Notes: JT Miller and Mitchell Heard were scratched for the Whalers. Miller was serving the first of two games in a suspension carrying over from last season.