On December 17th in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario at the John Rhodes Centre, the fourth place (11-13-0-3-1) Soo AAA Jr Major Midget Greyhounds hosted the sixth place (7-6) Sudbury Wolves Minor Midgets in Great North Midget League hockey action. The Wolves were coming off a 4 – 2 win on December 16th over the Soo AAA Minor Midget Thunderbirds at the Essar Centre.
With a scramble in front of Greyhound goaltender Dawson Hunter, Sudbury’s Gavin Brown sinks the opening goal 2:06 into the game with Chase Lammi and Ethan Masson adding the helpers on Brown’s goal. 5:55 into the middle stanza with the Wolves shorthanded, Brown gives visitors 2 – 0 lead with a pass from Masson. After a Wolves two on one, Brown registers a hat trick with a shot over Hunter’s blocker to bring the lead to 3 – 0 with Dario Beljo and Masson drawing the assists on Brown’s third goal. The Soo’s Avery Rebek pulls the Greyhounds within two on a breakaway at 7:52 of the period with Parker Morgan and Jordan Ritchie notching the contributors. With 3:43 remaining in the second, Hunter Brazier finds the back of the Greyhounds net to add to the Wolves lead. Beljo added the helpers on Sudbury’s fourth of the contest.
Nicholas Faught and AJ Favot set up Brown for the fifth of the game at 15:13 of the third to increase the lead to 5 – 1 for the Wolves. Greyhound Nick Niro finds Colby Arbour at 14:26 of the final period to close the gap to three. Dale Armstrong and Tyler Nott had the assists on Parker Morgan’s goal for the Soo’s third of the game at 13:04 of the period. After a three goal game on Saturday with an unassisted goal, Ethan Masson adds to his weekend total for Sudbury with the Wolves sixth of the game at 4:54 of the third. With 29 seconds left in the game, Faught fires the final goal of the contest to give the Wolves a 7 – 3 win over the Greyhounds. Justin Dauphinais and Avery Chisholm registering the contributors on Faught’s goal.
Greyhound coach Kevin Panco told Saultsports that “our decision making was very poor. We struggled on the back end advancing pucks couldnt get the puck out of our zone. Our forwards arent scoring and we are having slow starts with a poor work ethic. We are getting out worked and cannot put 60 minutes of hockey together. All around a poor effort on our home ice.”
When asked about heading into the 2017 Christmas break, Panco said that “The boys will have a break time to think about there team effort hopefully move in a positive direction in the new year.”
The Greyhounds will now have 12 days off of GNML action before returning to league play on December 29th in New Liskeard in a three game road trip.