GAME 1: Whalers Lose To Hounds In OT

Posted: September 22, 2012 in 2012-13, Postgame, Whalers
Whalers drop their first game of the season in OT. Photo: Andrew Mady

Whalers drop their first game of the season in OT. Photo: Andrew Mady

Maybe having almost two weeks between the Whalers last preseason game and their first regular season game was too much time because it was not until the second period that the Whalers looked like they were there to play.

The Soo controlled play in the first period with Sergei Tolchinsky opening the scoring by deflecting a shot past Matt Mahalak 7:45 into the period.  Alderson then sped past the Whalers defense and scored a shorthanded goal at 14:47. In the second period Staples gave the Hounds a 3-0 lead with a backhand shot past Mahalak.

A three goal lead in the first half of the game is good, but never count the Whalers out. Less than a half minute later Payne puts the Whalers on the board. Aleardi nets a short handed goal just almost two minutes later. Conner Carrick tied up the game with his first OHL goal at the 12:24 mark into the second.

Coming in to the third with a 3-3 tie they Whalers continued to roll and got goals from both Garrett Meurs and Stefan Noesen tacked on goals to give the Whalers a two goal lead. Ryan Sproul brought the Hounds with in one with a power play goal and then with 1:21 left in the third Jared McCann tied the game at five and forced overtime.

Overtime did not last long however as it took the Hounds 22 seconds to pop a sixth goal past Matt Mahalak and to start the season with two well deserved points. The Whalers now head home to host the Belleville Bulls in their home opener looking to rebound from Friday night’s loss.

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