Howdeshell hat trick leads Greyhounds over the Colts

Miranda Zilkowsky Photography

It would be a much different night for the Colts from Thursday’s triumph over the powerhouse London Knights. Saturday’s contest featuring a proven Greyhounds squad would provide plenty of things to learn from for the young Colts squad.

Barrie hosting the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on another frigid night at the Molson Centre definitely provided plenty of action for the sold out Colts crowd. The boys would battle back and make it close on multiple occasions, but ultimately ended in an 8-5 victory for the Greyhounds lead by Keegan Howdeshell’s three goals.

Dalton Duhart picking up a pair and an assist on the night would lead the Colts on the scoresheet.

One of the keys to the Hounds game clearly was getting the jump out of the gate to begin each period and it began early in the first.

After some sloppy play behind the Colts net, Morgan Frost would send a tap in for Howdeshell at the side of the net putting the Hounds on the board first.

Nearing the midway point of the first it looked like Frost had a sure goal to go ahead by two, but Edmonds would come up huge getting across to stymie the Hounds veteran.

Just seconds later the Colts would turn up ice and knot the game at 1. Just like Thursday night, Jacob Tortora would find Ryan Suzuki blasting home a one timer for his 15th of the season.

With just over a minute remaining though the Hounds would bite right back. Cole Mackay would tip in a kicked pass in the Barrie crease to send the Soo into the intermission with the lead.

There would be no shortage of action in the middle frame, but it would be much to the advantage of the visiting squad as the goals would come early and often.

Just four minutes in, Howdeshell would extend the lead by burying his 2nd of the night off a rebound before Holden Wale sent a shot through a screen to fool Edmonds and make it 4-1.

Two minutes later the Colts would cut the lead in half as Tyson Foerster would rip his 4th of the season past Matthew Villata, but in the matter of moments Frost would capitalize on the powerplay and Cullen Mclean would make no mistake pouncing on another rebound to chase Edmonds from the net, ending his night.

The Colts weren’t ready to surrender yet and with just under three minutes remaining on the clock Nathan Allensen would saucer a pass to Luke Bignell to squeak one through the pads of Villalta to pull the boys back within three.

Another strong start to the third period would give the Greyhounds the insurance they’d need to eventually hold on. Four minutes in, Frost would slide one to Howdeshell again to mark his third of the game.

Barrie would attempt to comeback and get two more past Villalta. Dalton Duhart would bang home his 9th of year and a minute later Ben Hawerchuck would maneuver his way through a trio of Soo defenders, leaving it for Tortora to flip a backhand on his 11th of the season.

That’s as close the Colts could come as Frost would add another, finishing things off into the empty net.

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