The first place west division (41-15-2-1) Soo Greyhounds hit the road for a three game road trip with their first stop in Windsor to face the second place west division (36-15-5-3) Spitfires on March 2nd. The Soo is coming off eight straight home games with a record of 6 – 2. Thursday evening’s match – up is the Greyhounds and Spifires sixth meeting of the 2016 – 2017 Ontario Hockey League season with the Greyhounds winning four of the five meetings.
Windsor’s Luke Boka finds the back of Greyhound goaltender Joseph Raaymakers net at 4:37 of the opening period to give Spitfires a 1 – o lead with Mikhail Sergachev and Graham Knott adding the assists. On a Windsor power play 26 seconds past the halfway mark of the first, Jeremy Bracco and Gabriel Vilardi set up Aaron Luchuk to bring the hosts lead to 2 – 0. On a power play in the Greyhounds end with a scramble in the corner right of Raaymakers and awkward bounce, the Spitfires Vilardi receives credit for Windsor’s goal at 18:46 ti increase the lead to 3 – 0 with the unassisted goal.
Jack Kopacka sinks the Greyhounds first of the game with his 26th of the season to pull the Soo within two at 7:08 of the third with Gustav Bouramman and captain Blake Speers adding the helpers on Kopacka’s power play goal. At 9:15 of the period, Tim Gettinger fires the Greyhounds second goal of the game over the left shoulder of Spitfire netminder Michael DiPietro bring the game to within one. Gettinger’s goal was unassisted. With traffic in front of DiPietro, Kopacka finds the back of Windsor’s net to even the game 3 – 3 at the 13:47 mark of the third with an assist from defenseman Colton White. With an unassisted goal 1:44 into overtime, Graham Knott finds the back of Raaymakers’ net to give the Spitfires a 4 – 3 win over the Soo.
The Greyhounds next stop will be in Guelph on March 3rd when they meet the Storm in a 7:30 p.m puck drop. The Storm have Sault Ste Marie natives defenseman Nolan Makinen and forward Nick Sicoly in their OHL line – up.