Two tough tests for Hounds

February 13, 2014

A pair of fellow Western Conference contenders are headed this way.

Soo Greyhounds will play host to the Guelph Storm and Windsor Spitfires in back-to-back weekend tilts at the Essar Centre.

Guelph is here on Friday and Windsor pays a visit on Saturday.

With the Ontario Hockey League’s best record of 41-9-3, Guelph comes to the Soo as the second-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, trailing only the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets.

The Hounds have a record 36-14-5 and are eight points back of the Storm in the Western Conference.

“Guelph is extremely fast and talented,” said Greyhounds head coach Sheldon Keefe. “We have to force them to come through us. They really stretch you out and they transition to offence quickly.”

Streaking Windsor, meanwhile, has an impressive record of 33-18-2.

The surging Spitfires, coached by one-time Greyhound defenceman Bob Boughner, have remained in Western Conference contention with Guelph, the Erie Otters, London Knights and the Soo despite dealing top-end players since the start of the season for future draft picks.

The Spitfires are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games.

PHOTO: Soo Greyhounds forward Patrick Watling will face off against his former Guelph Storm teammates on Friday night. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)

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