The second place (17-3-2) west division Soo Greyhounds returned to home ice at the Essar Centre on November 22nd against their north Ontario rivals the fourth place (7-14-4) central division Sudbury Wolves. Wednesday’s midweek match – up was the Greyhounds first appearance since a 3 – 1 win on November 5th against the North Bay Battalions. The Greyhounds and Wolves hit the ice with two wins and two losses each in the 2017 – 2018 Bell Challenge Cup so far in the 2017 – 2018 Ontario Hockey League regular season.
46 seconds before the halfway mark of the opening period, Dawson Baker picks up a rebound in front of Greyhound goaltender Matt Villalta to give the Wolves a 1 – 0 lead with Nolan Hutcheson and Doug Blaisdell drew the contributors on Baker’s second of the 2017 – 2018 season. Sinking his 19th of the season, Boris Katchouk backhands a goal behind Sudbury netminder Jake McGrath to even the game 1 – 1 with Morgan Frost and Conor Timmins adding the assists on Katchouk’s tying goal at 16:48 of the first. Scoring his eight of the season and giving the visitors a 2 – 1 lead, Blake Murray fires the Wolves go – ahead goal at 8:56 of the second with Owen Gilhula and Liam Ross notching the helpers.
With a wrist shot, the Soo’s Rasmus Sandin finds the back of McGrath’s net to tie the game 2 – 2 for the Greyhounds at 14:06 of the middle stanza. Keeghan Howdeshell and Barrett Hayton set up Rasmus’ fifth of the season. Dawson Baker sends a pass to Sudbury’s Anthony Tabak to give the Wolves a 3 – 2 lead 2:37 into the final period. With the Greyhounds trailing 3 – 2 at 8:08 of the third, Katchouk backhands the tying goal for the Soo on his 20th of the season with Ryan Roth and Frost setting up Katchouk’s tying goal behind Sudbury’s McGrath. At 16:42 of the period, Tim Gettinger skates down the right side of the ice and fires the Greyhound’s fourth goal of the game off the right post of Jake McGrath to give the Soo a 4 – 3 win. Gettinger’s unassisted goal was the 19 year old North Olmsted, Ohio natives 12th of the 2017 – 2018 season. Goaltender Matt Villalta turned away 19 of 22 shots in the Soo’s win in Sault Ste Marie.
The Greyhounds will take their nine straight win into the weekend when the Soo hosts the first place (15-6-2) midwest division Kitchener Rangers on November 24th and fourth place (12-11-0-1) east division Peterbourgh Petes on November 25th at the Essar Centre. Game times will be 7:07 p.m respectively.