The Soo Greyhounds headed out for their first road trip of the 2017 – 2018 season with a stop in Barrie, Ontario to face the Barrie Colts on September 28th in Ontario Hockey League action. The Greyhounds are coming off a 5 – 1 win in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on September 24th over the visiting London Knights.
With the Colts shorthanded at 11:42 of the opening period, Alexey Lipanov fires the first goal of the game behind Greyhound goaltender Matt Villalta to give Barrie a 1 – 0 lead with Andrei Svechnikov and Justin Murray adding the contributors on Lipanov’s goal. With 1:01 left in the period, Barret Hayton sinks his second of the season to send the Soo into the first intermission even at 1 – 1. Boris Katchouk and Conor Timmins had the helpers on Hayton’s tying power play goal. With veteran Greyhound Noah Carroll in the penalty box for blindsiding at 12:20 of the middle stanza, Barrie’s Joey Keane scores the go – ahead goal for the hosts with Ryan Suzuki and Lipanov notching the assists on Keane’s power play marker.
Scoring his first Ontario Hockey League goal, Greyhound rookie forward Ryan Roth finds the back of the Colts net 57 seconds into the third to bring the Soo even 2 – 2 with an unassisted goal. At 12:59 of the period, veteran Tim Gettinger gives the Greyhounds a 3 – 2 lead with Carroll and Hayden Verbeek setting up Gettinger’s goal. With 1:07 left in the game, Colt Lucas Chiodo finds the back of Villalta’s net with Lipanov and Suzuki registering the contributors on Chiodo’s power play goal. 1:07 into overtime, Keane and Murray had the helpers on Zachary Magwood’s power play to give the hosts a 4 – 3 win over the Greyhounds. Greyhound Matt Villalta stopped 30 of 33 shots in the Soo’s 4 – 3 overtime loss.
The Greyhounds will head back north to meet the Battalion in North Bay on September 29th in a 7:00 p.m start at the Memorial Gardens.