A pair of goals in a period that saw the team outshoot the Sudbury Wolves 28-9 helped the Greyhounds to a 6-1 Ontario Hockey League victory at Sudbury Community Arena on Jan. 4.
It was the second win for the Greyhounds over the Wolves in three days after the team picked up a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon, also in Sudbury.
The Greyhounds got on the board first at 7:26 of the opening period as Tanner Dickinson potted a rebound from the slot high stick side after Sudbury goaltender Mitchell Weeks made the initial save on Tyler Savard from in tight on the play.
The goal came just 12 seconds after the Greyhounds killed off a penalty to overage blueliner Robert Calisti.
The visitors took a 2-0 lead at 18:51 when Tye Kartye capped off a three-way passing play from the slot, beating Weeks glove side from the slot on the power play.
Sudbury cut the Greyhounds lead to 2-1 just 18 seconds later as Liam Ross scored on a rebound after Sault goaltender Samuel Ivanov stopped Nolan Collins initially on the play.
The Greyhounds extended the lead to 3-1 midway through the second period as Ethan Montroy scored on a rebound after McConnell-Barker’s initial shot was stopped.
Kalvyn Watson made it 4-1 Greyhounds at 12:48 of the second period when he took a pass in the slot from Tye Kartye and beat Weeks.
Rookie forward Tyler Savard made it 5-1 Greyhounds at 2:29 of the third period when he beat Weeks from the slot on the power play when his shot hit something on its way to the net and got past Weeks.
Caeden Carlisle made it 6-1 Greyhounds when he beat Weeks with a shot from the left side of the slot at 6:37, ending the night for Weeks.
Carlisle, Kartye, Savard, and Dickinson had two-point nights with a goal and an assist each for the Greyhounds. McConnell-Barker, Jacob Holmes, and Justin Cloutier assisted on a pair of goals each for the visitors.
Weeks stopped 31 of 37 Greyhounds shots before being pulled. Lemaire stopped all four shots he faced the rest of the way.
Ivanov, who last saw action on Dec. 5 in a win over Saginaw, made 27 saves for the Greyhounds.
With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 18-10-2-0 and, with 38 points, sit atop the OHL’s West Division, six points ahead of the Windsor Spitfires, who have three games in hand.
The loss drops Sudbury’s record to 8-16-2-0 and the team sits two points behind the Peterborough Petes for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Pack is back in action on Friday (Jan. 7) for a 7:05 p.m. tilt at home against the Mississauga Steelheads. The team then hits the road for the weekend, taking on the Niagara IceDogs at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 and then heading to Oshawa to battle the Generals at 6:05 p.m. on Jan. 9.