Greyhounds present enchancment in rematch with Spirit
After a 9-3 loss on Friday night time, the Greyhounds picked up a win on dwelling ice on Saturday
On the heels of a lopsided highway loss 24 hours earlier, the Soo Greyhounds wrapped up the house portion of their Ontario Hockey League exhibition schedule on a extra constructive be aware.
It wasn’t image good, however the crew rebounded in a 3-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday night time on the GFL Memorial Gardens.
The win got here after the Spirit handed the Greyhounds a 9-3 defeat in Midland, Mich. on Friday night time in a recreation that Greyhounds coach John Dean known as “a fairly sloppy recreation on our aspect of it.”
Dean stated following Saturday’s rematch that including some veterans to the lineup was a assist in the win to calm issues down, however added that “on no account did I believe the sport was a murals.”
“In exhibition, you search for the start of among the particulars you’ve been instructing over the course of the week and the course of coaching camp,” Dean stated. “Tonight, we noticed loads of good issues, however loads of breakdowns too. You would see the sense of objective and after I see sense of objective, I’ve no downside teaching that.”
For the Spirit and coach Chris Lazary, the sport was about getting some expertise for the youthful gamers nonetheless with the membership.
“No one cares about outcomes this time of yr, to be trustworthy,” Lazary stated. “It’s about getting your younger guys expertise, attempting to place them in conditions to really feel the league, get them as much as your fashion of play. We’re not wanting on the finish end result. We’re taking a look at the place we’re and our identification.”
The Greyhounds opened the scoring 1:24 into the competition when Marco Mignosa beat Saginaw goaltender Brett Fullerton stick aspect on a breakaway after a Spirit turnover within the impartial zone.
Carson Christy tied the sport for the Spirit at 4:01 later when he went to the online and redirected a cross from Luke McNamara on the left wing on a 2-on-1 previous Sault netminder Charlie Schenkel.
Bryce McConnell-Barker gave the Greyhounds a 2-1 lead within the center body when he stepped previous a Saginaw defender within the left faceoff circle earlier than beating Fullerton at 12:01, giving the Greyhounds the lead for good within the contest.
With 2:10 to go in regulation time and the Spirit on the facility play with their goalie pulled, Jordan D’Intino took a cross from Tyler Savard and scored into the empty Saginaw aim to make it 3-1.
The aim got here with the Greyhounds down a pair of gamers because the Spirit pulled Fullerton shortly after a penalty to overage Sault ahead Kalvyn Watson.
Schenkel made 26 saves for the Greyhounds within the win, going the gap for the house aspect.
“Charlie was a very stable, calming presence,” Dean stated. “He made the fellows in entrance of him really feel very comfy that for those who make a mistake, he’s going to be there for us.”
D’Intino and McConnell-Barker completed the night time with a aim and an help every for the Greyhounds within the win.
Fullerton stopped 20 pictures for the Spirit within the loss.
After a while off from recreation motion, the Greyhounds will wrap up exhibition play on Sept. 23 on the highway towards the Sudbury Wolves. The crew will then open common season play the next weekend with a pair of video games at dwelling towards the North Bay Battalion.