Schumacher scores a pair for Hounds road victory
September 29, 2012
Three-goal third period starts off roadtrip wtih a win
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SARNIA, ONTARIO -
They're becoming known as the comeback kids. At least through the opening three games of the OHL season, the name finely fits the Soo Greyhounds.
Thursday Night began a quick two-game trip for the locals, as they squared off against the Sarnia Sting in their first of eight meetings this year.
Entering the game the Hounds were coming off of a home weekend where they split a pair of games while the Sting were still searching for it's first win of the early OHL season.
Sarnia would open the contest by solidly testing Hounds netminder MATT MURRAY. Four minutes into the first period Reid Boucher tried to slide the puck low on Murray only to be denied, and then Sting Captain Alex Galchenyuk had a quality chance in-tight as Sarnia built up a 7-2 shot advantage.
Craig Duininck scored his first goal of the season with just 2:43 remaining in the period pouncing on a right-point shot and putting it high. The shot was registered as Sarnia's 15th of the period and they led the Hounds 1-0 after twenty minutes.
The Hounds pulled themselves on even terms 3:50 into the second period. NICK COUSINS fed the puck off the wall to JP Anderson's right, to the front of the goal where MICHAEL SCHUMACHER roofed it on the OA netminder for his 1st of the season.
That lead lasted less than two minutes before Anthony DeAngelo put a rebound passed the right side of Murray to regain the lead, now 2 to 1.
DARNELL NURSE'S point shot shortly after saw DAVID BROLL re-direct it but it rung off the iron to Anderson's side to keep the Sting in the lead.
Sarnia would then increase the Hounds deficit at the 9:09 mark when Galchenyuk was provided a pass from the left-to-right of the Hounds goal and the lead was now 3-1.
As the period hit the midway point the Hounds were assessed back-to-back minors resulting in a 1:43 in 5-on-3 favouring the Sting. The Hounds penalty kill was up to the task and the period ended with a 3-1 Sting lead.
Shots through two periods of play were 34-28 in favour of Sarnia.
The Hounds saved their best for last on this night and it showed.
ANDREW FRITSCH cut the Sting lead to a single goal 5:28 into the third period. Breaking in on the wing, the Hounds veteran stayed with the play the distance before beating Anderson.
Then just thirty-seconds later, the Hounds broke into the zone on an odd-man rush and a rebound from a BRANDON ALDERSON shot was buried by NICK COUSINS for his 2nd goal of the season and the game was tied.
The Hounds continued the pressure and had chances including hitting the post, and a fanned opportunity in-tight before grabbing the game winner.
With 1:37 to play, RYAN SPROUL broke out of the Hounds zone and began an end-to-end rush, and after letting a shot go the rebound was put home by SCHUMACHER to give the Hounds their first lead of the night.
The Sting would later call a timeout and eventually pull netminder Anderson, but the Hounds would hold on and provide a come-from-behind victory by a score of 4-3.
The locals outshot Sarnia 19-8 in the third period of play and 47-42 overall.
Next action for the Hounds is tomorrow (Saturday) night when they visit the Saginaw Spirit. Game time is 7:11 p.m. at the Dow Event Center and you can hear all the action on Rock 101 (101.3 FM, www.rock101.net) starting at 6:40 p.m.
1 - SSM, Michael Schumacher
2 - SAR, JP Anderson
3 - SSM, Matt Murray