Greyhound Villalta Earns First OHL Shutout with Win Over Storm

Coming off a 4 – 3 overtime loss in Windsor on March 2nd in their first of three game road trip, the (41-15-3-1) Soo Greyhounds hit the ice in Guelph 24 hours later to face the (20-34-3-2) Storm in Ontario Hockey League action. The Greyhounds entered into Friday’s match – up with a 3-0-1 record while Storm are 3 – 7 in the last ten. The Soo were looking to win their fourth meeting over the Storm in the final match – up between these two teams for 2016 – 2017.

Zach Senyshyn finds the back of the Storm’s net 6:46 of the first on his 38th of the season to give the Greyhounds a 1 – 0 lead. Morgan Frost and Tim Gettinger had the helpers on Senyshyn’s goal. 29 seconds into the middle stanza, rookie Barrett Hayton sinks the Soo’s second of the contest with a pass from Greyhound Bobby MacIntrye to bring the lead to 2 – 0. Gettinger and Mac Hollowell set up Senyshyn for his second of the game at 6:22 of the period to increase the Soo’s lead to 3 – 0. Gettinger fires a pass to Frost for the Soo to send the Greyhounds into the second intermission at 19:33 up 4 – 0 on Frost’s 17th on the season.

56 seconds past the halfway mark of the final period and shorthanded, Greyhound captain Blake Speers scores his 14th of the season to add to the Soo’s lead with Boris Katchouk drawing the helper. Hayden Verbeek and MacIntyre had the contributors on Hayton’s second of the contest at 13:24 of the third to give the Soo a 6 – 0 shutout win. Greyhound rookie Matt Villalta turned away 37 shots to earn his first OHL shutout.

The Soo will round out their three game road trip with a stop in Kitchener to face the Rangers in a 2:00 p.m afternoon matinee on March 5th.

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