The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds got two goals from Jack Kopacka and took game one of their best-of-seven series with the Owen Sound Attack, 4-1.
Devils prospect Blake Speers had the primary assist on the game winning goal, scored on the power play at 6:03 of the third period. Gustav Bouramman had the goal, Boris Katchouk had the other assist on the goal.
Kopacka scored his goals at 2:08 of the second period and 16:25 of the third. Conor Timmins added an empty net shorthanded goal at 19:14 of the third period.
Owen Sound got their only goal from Ethan Szypula at 1:32 of the third period to tie the game at one before the Greyhounds opened things up.
Soo goaltender Joseph Raaymakers made 27 saves on 28 Owen Sound shots. Michael McNiven made 34 saves on 37 shots in taking the loss.
Game two of this second round OHL playoff series comes Friday, April 7 from the Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. The other Devils prospects still participating in the OHL playoffs, Michael McLeod and Nathan Bastian of the Mississauga Steelheads begin their second round series against the Oshawa Generals on Friday as well.
Blake Speers and Colton White’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds took a two games to one lead in their best-of-seven series against the Flint Firebirds today with a 3-1 win tonight. The game was played at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Michigan.
The Firebirds actually took the early lead when Kole Sherwood scored at 8:12 of the first period. The turnaround came 42 seconds into the second when White took a roughing penalty to put Flint on the power play.
However, Tim Gettinger scored a shorthanded goal (with an assist to Hayden Verbeek) to tie the game up at one at 2:17. And that was the way it would remain until Zachary Senyshyn scored the game winner with a little under seven minutes left in the third period. That goal came on the power play and was assisted by Conor Timmins and Morgan Frost.
Boris Katchouck scored an empty netter to put the game out of reach at 19:12 of the third unassisted.
It was after that goal that everything broke loose. As Bobby McIntyre of the Greyhounds and Nicholas Caamano of the Firebirds each got ten minute misconduct penalties while the Firebirds’ Alex Peters also got a roughing minor. All of those penalties came at 19:58.
Game four takes place in Flint on Wednesday, March 29.