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exactly what I said during the second intermission, said Keefe, who watched his team score three unanswered goals to defeat the Windsor Spitfires 5 2 before 4,389 at Essar Centre. the season wraps up, you look back at different games and different periods. This is one you're going to want to look back on positively. knew how important it was and we were determined to play that way, said centre Tyler Gaudet, who helped set up a pair of third period goals after opening the scoring himself, two minutes into the first period. came together in the third and that's when we're successful. When we stray from that, we have problems. for just the third time this season and third in his two year, OHL career Tyler Ganly broke a 2 2 with the eventual game winner.
Strong third period carries Hounds past Spits
With Saturday's game still tied 2 2, Hounds netminder Matt Murray made a couple of huge saves to keep his team even.
With the victory, the Hounds (37 15 1 4) extended their lead to nine points over the second place Spitfires (34 20 2 0) in the OHL's West Division. Windsor does have a game in hand.
The Greyhounds return to action Wednesday, when they play host to Plymouth.
Gaudet went hard to the Windsor goal and sent the puck out in front.
It also came one night after Guelph's game winner, in an eventual 5 3 victory, had deflected in off of Ganly's skate.
The home side went on to score three times in a span of 1:58 to put the game away.
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beat Spits netminder Dalen Kuchmey through the five hole at the 8:41 mark.
the Spits, who were playing their third game in as many days.
Nurse took six stitches to his forehead Friday, enabling him to return to play in the final period. He received 15 stitches later that night at Sault Area Hospital and was given a Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan to rule out a fractured skull.
were the biggest saves of the season, said Keefe, whose club was outshot by the visitors 31 26. were two incredible saves. were key times when we needed a save and that's what I have to do, Murray said. no secret that was the most important period of the season and we did what we needed to do. McCann, with a beautiful power play effort, had the other goal for the winners. Patrick Watling contributed three assists and Murray assisted on two of his team's goals.
Considering what was at stake, there's little doubt Saturday's third period was the Soo Greyhounds most important 20 minute frame to date this season.
with a brilliant pad save at the 3:01 mark.
And 20 seconds later, Gaudet set up Blake Speers for the rookie's 16th of the season to make it 5 2.
The Hamilton, Ont., native did not require the services of a plastic surgeon.
still not over, he said of the race, following his team's setback. it's going to be tough. returned to duty with a bandaged forehead, the result of suffering a deep cut following a second period check by Guelph's Chadd Bauman.
Three minutes later, Murray followed with another nifty pad save, this time thwarting Remy Giftopoulos in front.
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felt bad about that one to say the least, said Ganly, whose parents, John and Rosaleen, were in town from Milton, Ont., to witness his winner.
As some of his teammates teased him, Ganly wore a huge grin when asked about Saturday's goal.
Meantime, general manager Kyle Dubas, who sent video of the incident to the OHL office following Friday's game, doesn't Saucony Shadow 5000 Cabin Fever anticipate the league will suspend Bauman.
It marked the first time in the defenceman's career he'd scored on Essar Centre ice.
they made it 3 2, we ran out of gas a little bit, Boughner said. the last 10 12 minutes, you could see it was pretty evident. We played well, but we just didn't bury our opportunities and they did. a win in regulation, the Spitfires could have moved to within five points of the Hounds. Boughner said he discussed that with his players prior to the game.
felt great, he said of his go ahead marker.
Afterwards, Windsor head coach Bob Boughner admitted fatigue played a role in the final period.
there's no call on the ice, and there wasn't, and the player (Nurse) doesn't miss any time, there won't be a suspension, Dubas said. predictable. winger Brandon Hughes has left the team to, according to Dubas, care of a family matter and try to rediscover his passion for the game of hockey. who played in just 31 games this season, had a goal and four assists.
And head coach Sheldon Keefe made sure his charges knew it.
Darnell Nurse, who needed 21 stitches to close a cut on his forehand the night before, wired a blast that beat Kuchmey to the glove hand side at 10:19.
feel good, Nurse said following Saturday's game.
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