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Soo Greyhounds win 6-1 over Owen Sound Attack in OHL

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It’s as clear and simple as a statement can get: talent can take over a hockey game.


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The Soo Greyhounds picked up a 6-1 victory over the Owen Sound offense at GFL Memorial Gardens on Sunday afternoon.

Unlike Saturday night’s effort, where the Hounds threw everything but the kitchen sink at visitors, Sunday’s start was lukewarm. The Attack came into attack mode, beating the home side 6-0 before Cole Mackay recorded the team’s first shot on net.

And what a shot it turned out to be: a true sniper’s delight, a foreshadowing moment for the Hounds and their elite offensive players.

Cole MacKay opened the scoring with a roof dad scorer on Nick Chenard. Rory Kerins then converted the back of a three-way passing game, Tanner Dickinson threading a cross pass to the Calgary Flames draft pick. Tye Kartye then finished off the trio of string ticklers, firing a shot into the far corner as the Hounds were shorthanded.

“Owen Sound came out exceptionally strong and I thought they had a five-on-five lead in the first period, but thanks to our talent we capitalized,” head coach John Dean said. “But I will say this: I loved the way we reacted in the second half of the first half and in the second and third.”

The Hounds outscored the Attack 16-3 in the second and 16-11 in the third.

“They’re built to win this year,” added Owen Sound head coach Greg Walters. “They have great elite players and you can’t give them an inch.”

Samuel Ivanov was named the third star, stopping 23 shots. The rookie goaltender is tied for third in the OHL with 14 wins. He has now won his last two starts. The Richmond Hill resident was in the cage for the Hounds’ 6-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Jan. 4.


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Ivanov was at his best when his club were mediocre and had fun in the first seven minutes of the game. Ivanov was named the third star, stopping 23 shots.

“I really liked what Ivanov did for us in the first 10 minutes of the game,” Dean said. “Without Sammy in those first 10 minutes, I think that’s another story.”

On Saturday night, the trio of Ryan O’Rourke, Jack Thompson and Robert Calisiti combined for 10 points in the club’s 5-2 victory. Sunday afternoon, the trio combined for two points.

Rory Kerins had a four-point game on Sunday and added a goal on Saturday. Kerins is the league’s second-highest scorer with 58 points in 34 games played.

The Greyhounds opened the scoring when MacKay clipped the left wing and lifted the puck over Chenard’s left shoulder for his 13 and goal of the season at 7:06 of the first period.

The Hounds made it 2-0 on a power-play goal by Kerins at 11:23 as he got a cross pass from Dickinson once. The goal went on video but was ruled legal after lengthy review.

Kartye increased the lead to 3-0 at 18:34 as he completed his 27 and goal of the season, his wrist shot from inside the left face-off circle beating Chenard on the blocker side.

The goal came when the Hounds were shorthanded. The red and white also scored a shorthanded goal in Saturday night’s 5-2 win over the Attack, with Dickinson doing the honors.

Chenard was taken out of the net in favor of Corbin Votary. Chenard stopped four of seven shots in 20 minutes. Votary stopped 26 of 29 shots in two periods of action.


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Justin Cloutier gave the Hounds a 4-0 lead at 14:17 of the second period when his shot beat Votary high to the side of the glove from a difficult angle. The goal was the rookie’s fifth of the season.

Dickinson made it 5-0 at 18:04 of the second period as his wrist shot from the right faceoff circle beat Votary on the blocker side.

The goal was Dickinson’s 15 and of the season and its 10 and point – three goals and seven assists – since returning from his brief experience with Team USA at the World Juniors.

“I don’t know what to tell you, we have special guys and he loves the game, he wants to be on the ice all the time, he wants to be on the ice in practice and it shows every night. says Dean. “I wish I had something to tell you, but I have special children.”

Kerins made it 6-0, scoring his second of the night on a wrist from the high lunge, the puck going through Votary low on the glove side for his 22 n/a count of the season at 14:33 of the third period.

The Attack broke the shutout offer at 14:52 as Nicholas Porco beat Ivanov on the blocker side with a wrist shot.


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