The newest members of the Soo Greyhounds made memorable first impressions playing as a fearsome foursome in front of the hometown Ontario Hockey League fans.
But was the Greyhounds goalie awake enough to witness the offensive explosion of his new teammates?
In their Essar Centre debut, forwards Nick Ritchie and Justin Bailey and defencemen Anthony DeAngelo and Connor Boland combined for 8 goals and 5 assists as the Western Conference-leading Greyhounds cuffed the lowly Saginaw Spirit 12-5 on Wednesday.
Ritchie scored four goals, Bailey potted the hat trick, DeAngelo found range once and set up three other tallies and Boland had two assists in a dandy debut of seasoned skaters acquired by the Hounds at last week’s OHL trade deadline.
The triumphant display boosted the Greyhounds record to a tidy 31-9-2, good for 64 points as rulers of the Western world.
But while the newcomers came up big in the 12-goal onslaught, goalie Brandon Halverson struggled in the Soo net and was pulled by coach Sheldon Keefe after giving up 3 goals on just 13 shots.
“I thought he (Halverson) was very sleepy,” Keefe told the Sault Star. “He wasn’t engaged. If he’s going to be sleepy, he can sleep on the bench.”
How’s that for saying it like it is?
PHOTO: Soo Greyhounds were 12-5 winners on Wednesday but goalie Brandon Halverson was pulled after giving up 3 goals on just 13 shots.