Greyhounds score another victory over Storm

GUELPH – Brian Hayton, the father of centre Barrett Hayton of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, played major junior and university hockey in Guelph and his son sure likes playing against the Royal City’s Ontario Hockey League squad.

Barrett had a goal and two assists Sunday afternoon at the Sleeman Centre as Sault Ste. Marie defeated the Storm 7-3.

Those points bring Barrett’s totals for the season to four goals and five assists in four games against the Storm. Last season in his rookie campaign, Barrett had three goals in three games against Guelph.

Sunday, the Greyhounds led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 5-2 after the second.

Hayton’s goal in the middle stages of the second period proved to be the winner and it came just under 10 minutes after the Storm had closed the gap to a single goal at 3-2. It was also the first of three consecutive goals by Sault Ste. Marie.

Alexey Toropchenko, Isaac Ratcliffe and Keegan Stevenson with his first scored the goals for the Storm. Assists went to Liam Hawel, James McEwan and Cam Hillis.

Morgan Frost scored twice for the Greyhounds while single goals were added by Jack Kopacka, Hayden Verbeek, Boris Katchouk and Ryan Roth. Katchouk and Tim Gettinger each had two assists while Anthony DeMeo, Kopacka, Rasmus Sandin and Frost each had one.

The Greyhounds outshot the Storm 35-33 and went 2-for-6 on their power play. Guelph was scoreless on six power plays.

Anthony Popovich was charged with the loss in net for the Storm while Matthew Villalta collected the win for Sault Ste. Marie.

It was Guelph’s third loss to Sault Ste. Marie in 22 days and fourth overall this season.

Prior to the game, the Storm traded veteran forward Givani Smith to the Kitchener Rangers for three second-round draft picks, one a conditional second-rounder.

The Greyhounds didn’t have either Taylor Raddysh or Jordan Sambrook in their lineup Sunday. Sault Ste. Marie had acquired the pair from the Erie Otters Saturday in exchange for Hayden Fowler and nine draft picks — five second-rounders, two third-rounders and two sixth-rounders.

The Greyhounds lead the West Division with a 34-3-2-1 record, easily the best record in the league at an .888 winning percentage.

The Storm is third in the Midwest Division at 19-16-1-3.

Next up for the Storm is its eastern swing. They’re to play the Peterborough Petes (16-21-2-1) at Peterborough Thursday night, Kingston Frontenacs (20-13-3-3) at Kingston Friday night and Ottawa 67’s (16-19-2-2) at Ottawa Sunday afternoon.


Greyhounds 7 Storm 3
First Period
1. Sault Ste. Marie, Frost (Katchouk, Gettinger), 2:46 pp
2. Sault Ste. Marie, Kopacka (Hayton), 4:03
3. Sault Ste. Marie, Verbeek (unassisted), 4:21
4. Guelph, Toropchenko (Hawel, McEwan), 5:32
Penalties: Lalonde Gue (tripping), 0:46; Kopacka SSM (interference), 5:53; Ratcliffe Gue (delay of game), 10:45.
Second Period
5. Guelph, Ratcliffe (Hillis), 3:10
6. Sault Ste. Marie, Hayton (DeMeo, Katchouk), 12:58
7. Sault Ste. Marie, Roth (Kopacka, Sandin), 18:19
Penalties: Sandin SSM (interference), 4:40; Katchouk SSM (elbowing), 10:18; Lalonde Gue (interference on goaltender), 16:10; McFadden Gue (delay of game), 16:15.
Third Period
8. Sault Ste. Marie, Frost (Hayton, Gettinger), 3:47 pp
9. Guelph, Stevenson (unassisted), 8:33
10. Sault Ste. Marie, Katchouk (Frost), 11:16 sh
Penalties: Primeau Gue (tripping), 3:33; Frost SSM (tripping), 6:07; Roth SSM (high sticking), 9:46; Timmins SSM (interference), 19:21; Shoemaker Gue (slashing), 19:57.
Shots on Goal
Sault Ste. Marie     16-10-9–35
Guelph                     6-13-14–33
Goalies: Villalta (W, 33 shots-30 saves), Sault Ste. Marie; Popovich (L, 35 shots-28 saves), Guelph.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Sault Ste. Marie 2-6; Guelph 0-6.
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