Photo courtesy of James Egan Photography
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON –
The Soo Greyhounds expected a faster pace, but yet another tough, highly-skilled opponent on Saturday Night when they played host to the Barrie Colts.
For the locals they were coming off a 2-1 victory Friday, while Barrie dropped their contest in Sudbury and was concluding a three-game weekend.
It was the two team’s first, of just two meetings this regular season.
Jorgen Karterud would set up the game’s opening goal, poking the puck away from a Colt defender and beating him up the wing in neutral ice. From there he sent a pass to Sergey Tolchinsky who would beat Colts’ netminder Alex Fotinos for a 1-0 lead.
While that goal came 5-on-5, the Hounds handled three powerplays in the period but were unable to capitalize against the Colts.
In the second, Barrie would respond on back-to-back man advantages to take the lead.
Aaron Ekblad’s low hard shot at 3:30 and then Zach Hall from in front of the goal at 8:00 provided Barrie a 2-1 lead.
The visitors increased it to a 3-1 cushion at 13:32 of the period when a backdoor feed was quickly tucked behind Matt Murray for the two-goal lead after forty minutes.
Moving to the third period, and before the frame was ten minutes old, Sergey Tolchinsky put a deke on Fotino’s to complete a play from Jarred McCann and Darnell Nurse to pull the Hounds within a goal.
The Russian winger would complete the comeback, and notch his first career hat-trick with just under four minutes to play. After Tyler Gaudet muscled the puck towards the net, Sergey followed up on the play and recorded his 3rd goal of the night and fifth of the season to eventually force the game to overtime.
With chances in overtime by Gaudet and Andrew Fritsch, and a powerplay that lasted nearly a minute, the Hounds outshot Barrie 4-2 but were unable to pull the trigger on the game-winning goal.
Both teams would head into a shootout for the first time of 2013-14.
After Fritsch scored first for the Hounds, it would be all three Barrie shooters converting to help the visitors leave Sault Ste. Marie with the extra point. The Colts defeated the Hounds 4-3 in a shootout.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Barrie – 28
Sault Ste. Marie – 33
Barrie – 2-for-4
Sault Ste. Marie – 1-for-8
RED STAR THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1- SSM, Sergey Tolchinsky
2- BAR, Aaron Ekblad
3- SSM, Matt Murray