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Hounds get Stung by Sarnia in OHL Hockey Action

Anthony Bumbaco for local2 sault ste. marie
October 6th, 2012 at 11:30pm | Last Updated October 7th, 2012 at 6:22pm

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Credit: Jim Egan

The Sarnia Sting put an end to the Soo Greyhounds four game winning streak taking a 6-3 decision at the Essar Centre on Saturday night. Montreal Canadiens 3rd overall pick Alex Galchenyuk scored a pair of goals and added an assist and Charlie Sarault contributed a pair of assists for the Sting to bounce back from a tough loss in Owen Sound on Friday night.

The Sting were especially strong on special teams in this contest converting on four of six man-advantages. Head coach Jacques Beaulieu, was pleased with his team’s effort, and the success of their power play unit.

Were getting better, we had a real tough start to the season,” Said Beaulieu. “But it looks like Charlie Sarault, Galchenyuk and Boucher are clicking and the skill those guys have our power play should be just fine.”

Ales Gudbranson, Sergei Tolchinsky and Nick Cousin added singles for the Greyhounds, who were outshot 43-31 and failed to find their legs for most of the night. Matt Murray was busy once again facing 43 shots and stopping 37 while Sting netminder Broadie Barrick made 28 saves in his first career OHL start and victory.

“I thought he was good,” said Beaulieu on the performance of his rookie goaltender. “I thought there were a couple that he was screened on that went by him but he gave us a chance to win.”

It was a tough loss for the Hounds who had just defeated the third ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League just one night earlier. “We got our worked in our own building, if we don’t have Matt Murray in net it could have been a lot worse,” said Hound head coach Mike Stapleton. They had a little bit of (an emotional) let down. We gotta come back on the night after and be ready to play a full sixty minutes.”

The Hounds were looking to make it an undefeated home stand but a turning point in the game came just 45 seconds into the opening period and it was not on the score sheet. Captain Ryan Sproul, appeared to fall awkwardly after a rush into the Sarnia offensive zone. The 19-year old defenseman, left the ice favouring his wrist and immediately made his way to the Greyhounds dressing room. He did not return to the game and forcing the Sault to play with five defensemen.

The loss of Sproul had a huge effect on the Hounds powerplay that went just 2 for 8 and struggled on the penalty kill as well. “We lost a defenseman and never recovered, said Stapleton. “Our power play got out of sync and we were afraid to shoot the puck and our penalty kill wasn’t very good either. We were missing assignments on the kill and we can’t expect Murray to make that many point blank saves.”

In a first period that lacked intensity after both teams had been in action early it would be the Sting getting on the board first. On a Sting rush at 7:25 of the period, Left winger Justin Dundas fired a hard shot on Sault netminder Matt Murray, the puck was stopped but flew high in the air landing behind Murray. Craig Hottot was able to find the loose puck in the Hounds crease and tap it into the open cage to put the Sting ahead 1-0.

Just two minutes later, the Hounds would find themselves shorthanded with Darnell Nurse sent to the box for a slash. On the man advantage. Hounds forward Brandon Alderson would get a golden opportunity to the the game. Alderson used his speed to create a shorthanded breakaway before being hauled down by a Sting defender. The shifty forward was awarded a penalty shot and attempted to slide the puck five hole on Barrick but was denied.

On the ensuing faceoff, Hounds centre Andrew Fritsch would win the draw in the Sarnia zone on to the stick of Alex Gudbranson. The defensive defenseman let a quick shot go and the seeing-eye shot eluded Barrick to tie the game at one.

Moments later, the Hounds would take another penalty as Brandon Alderson was called for a slash and after disputing the call would also receive a ten minute misconduct to give Sarnia a five on three. The Hounds would kill off the first penalty but Sarnia would capitalize on the second.

18-year old Galchenyuk looked to fire a shot on Murray from the slot but would fan on the puck barely getting a stick on it, but the puck would slide right onto the stick of Reid Boucher who then fired a hard snap shot past Murray to put the Sting ahead 2-1.

Galchenyuk would get on the score sheet before the end of the period with the Sting on another powerplay after a checking from behind call against Gudbranson. The talented American fired a quick wrister, picking the puck up from between the legs of Boucher at the faceoff dot. The shot would beat Matt Murray five hole and put the visitors ahead 3-1 into the first intermission.

On the 3rd goal, forward David Broll was forced to leave after blocking a shot, but did return for the start of the second period.

In the second period, the Sting power play unit was awarded its fourth straight man advantage, this time Michael Schumacher made his way to the box for the Hounds on a tripping call at 2:23. With just six seconds left in the penalty, Anthony D’Angelo would find Nickolay Goldobin at the bottom of the circle to the right of Matt Murray. He would fire a shot up high over the shoulder of Murray to put the Sting ahead 4-1.

The Sault pulled within a goal at the midway point of the period on a power play of their own. Cousins would take a pass from Andrew Fritsch at the top of the face off circle and fire a hard wrister glove side on Barrick. The rookie goaltender could not make the stop and the Hounds pulled with two at 4-2 with 9:10 remaining in the period.

The Sting would be in penalty trouble for the rest of the second period taking five straight minor penalties and giving the Hounds a pair of five on three advantages, but lacking the presence of Sproul definitely disrupted the Hounds power play unit. The Hounds gave up a pair of shorthanded breakaways but were bailed out by Murray in goal. The Sault could not find a way to put a puck past Barrick and the Sting carried a 4-1 lead to in to the intermission.

“Special teams were the difference, said Beaulieu. “We had to kill some penalties and got into some undisciplined times in the second period. But it pretty good (on the penalty kill) and we were last year too, were top five last year and that is our goal again.”

Just two minutes into the third, Sergei Tolchinsky pulled the Hounds within a goal firing a hard snap shot past Barrick after a faceoff win by Jared McCann. But the Sting would get an insurance goal, again on a powerplay at 10:54 of the period. Hounds centre Nick Cousins was sent off for hooking, and Galchenyuk would score his second of the game a beautiful back door feed by Sarault to beat a helpless Matt Murray.

Dundas added a late goal for the Sting, who bounced back after a loss on Friday night to take this one 6-3.

The Hounds took four of a possible six points on this week’s home stand and will take to the road next week taking on Windsor on Thursday night, Plymouth on Saturday night and Sarnia on Sunday afternoon. They are back in action on home ice on Wednesday, October 17 when they welcome their Northern Ontario rivals, the Sudbury Wolves.


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