Hounds halt the Attack

Randy Russon
April 14, 2018

Good coaches and good teams make adjustments in the wake of defeat. With a tweak or two to the master plan, Soo Greyhounds have won two straight matches to take a three games to two lead on the Owen Sound Attack in the second round, best-of-seven, Ontario Hockey League playoff series.

A 4-1 win at home on Friday followed a 5-2 victory at Owen Sound on Wednesday and it is the Greyhounds who are now looking back at the Attack and in command of the OHL Western Conference set.

Owen Sound cast a hush on the Soo faithful with the opening goal of Game 5 but it was all home side after that en route to Friday’s 4-1 victory march.

Clearly the better team from goal-tending on out, the top ranked, hot dog Hounds wrapped the Attack in foil and left the scraps in the bin.

Does the Attack have any fight left in it as it prepares for Game 6 on its own battle field?

Whether it does or does not, Owen Sound is now staring elimination straight in the kisser. One more loss and the Attack can kiss this series — and this season — good bye.

Having said that, Owen Sound did not win Games 1 and 3 of the series by accident. The Attack won those two contests as the better team and could have just as easily taken Game 2, which the Greyhounds needed overtime to win.

But that was then and this is now.

And now has the Hounds as the howitzer with the chance to silence the Attack for the season.

What you think about “Hounds halt the Attack”

  1. Much like what McGiven delivered for Owen Sound last season, Matthew Villalta is bringing his “A” game this series. With perhaps a hiccup in Game 3, Villalta has been steady, if not brilliant in the back to back SOO victories . Timely saves, at crucial moments, when the game is hanging in the balance are instrumental in playoff success. Villalta stoned Attack shooters several times on clear cut breakaways! You could see the collective sighs from the Hound bench and the 5,000 assembled . The offence responded in kind putting a few more on the board and then a stifling defence and forechecking took over. It’s easy to overlook goaltending when your team accrues 55 victories but Matty V was between the pipes for forty of them and is continuing his stellar play in the playoffs

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