The first place (23-3-2) Soo Greyhounds headed into December 6th west division match – up only two points ahead of the second place (22-5-2-2) Sarnia Sting in Ontario Hockey League regular season action. The Greyhounds hit the ice at the Essar in a mid week contest after setting a franchise record of winning fourteen straight with a win in the nation’s capital on December 3rd.
From the top of the circle, Tim Gettinger fired the Soo’s first goal of the game behind Sarnia netminder Justin Fazio with his 16th of the season to give the Greyhounds a 1 – 0 lead at 6:28 of the opening period, Hayden Verbeek and Jacob LeGuerrier had the contributors on Gettinger’s goal. On a Greyhound turnover in the defensive end, Hugo Leufvenious sinks the Stings first goal behind Greyhound goaltender Matt Villalta at the 8:41 mark of the period. With hosts shorthanded, Gettinger sinks his second of the contest under the pad of Sarnia’s Fazio 15:02 into the first. Mac Hollowell drew the assist on the Soo’s third of the game. With 4:15 left in the period, Boris Katchouk scores his 24th of the season for the Greyhounds with Morgan Frost and Conor Timmins setting up Katchouk’s shorthanded goal.
Ryan Roth added to the Greyhounds lead with his eighth of the season at 5:38 of the second for the Soo’s fourth of the game. Keeghan Howdeshell and Jack Kopacka notched the helpers on Roth’s power play goal. Timmins and Rasmus Sandin had the assists on Greyhound rookie Brett Jacklin’s third of the season at the 7:08 mark of the third. Anthony DeMeo and Roth registered the contributors on Frost’s 14th of the season at 14:44 of the period to bring the Soo’s lead to 6 – 1. Brady Hinz sends a pass to Sarnia’s Athony Salinitri for the Sting’s second of the contest at 16:39 of the final period. With 2:15 remianing in the game, Hugo Leufvenius finds the back of Villalta’s for the Sting with a pass from Theo Calvas. Greyhound goaltender Matt Villalta turned away 22 of 25 shots in the Soo’s 6 – 3 win over the Sting.
The Soo will host the North Bay Battalion on December 8th at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste Marie in a 7:07 p.m start.