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‘Hounds storm back, win 5-4 in shootout

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Gustav Bouramman and Jack Kopacka scored in the shootout to give the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds a 5-4 victory Sunday over the North Bay Battalion in an Ontario Hockey League game in which the winners trailed 4-1 in the third period.

Bobby MacIntyre had two goals and one assist and Boris Katchouk one goal and two assists for Sault Ste. Marie, which got its other goal from Blake Speers.

Goaltender Brandon Halverson, who entered the game after Brett McKenzie scored his second goal of the game to give North Bay a 4-1 lead at 9:43 of the second period, stopped all 10 shots he faced through overtime for the win. Starter Joseph Raaymakers allowed the four goals on 20 shots.

Sault Ste. Marie, which played the last of three straight home games, all of them wins, has a won-lost-extended record of 12-13-3 for 27 points, fourth in the West Division.

Kyle Wood had one goal and one assist and Daniil Vertiy the other goal for the Battalion, which completed a road trip of three games in as many days, having dropped twin 5-2 decisions to the Sarnia Sting on Friday night and the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday night.

Goaltender Jake Kment, getting the start in his home town after Jake Smith manned the crease for five of six periods in the previous two games, made 37 saves through overtime before 4,078 at the Essar Centre. The Troops are 12-12-3 for 27 points, fourth in the Central Division.

Katchouk sparked the hosts’ rally with a power-play goal at 7:24 of the third period after Mathew Santos was assessed a match penalty and a game misconduct for kneeing MacIntyre at 4:01. Katchouk’s drive from the top of the left-wing circle trickled across the line after making its way between Kment’s legs.

“Obviously, we were tired, but we had the game where we wanted it before one of our overagers took a stupid penalty, and then we had to use people more than we wanted to kill it,” said Battalion coach Stan Butler.

The Troops survived a two-man disadvantage lasting 40 seconds after Zach Poirier drew a questionable goaltender interference call at 8:21 before Speers darted to the right edge of the crease to score at 15:35.

MacIntyre tied it at 16:10 after the Greyhounds won a protracted battle for the puck on the end boards and it came out front.

In the opening seconds of overtime, Mike Amadio cut across the crease but couldn’t slip the puck past Halverson, and Wood had a solid chance late in the first minute.

In the shootout, Kment stopped Speers before Bouramman and Kopacka connected. Amadio fired wide and Wood scored on a slap-shot setup before Halverson denied Steve Harland, the final shooter, to secure the victory.

McKenzie struck first, at 3:56 of the first period, when he swept a Harland pass home from the left circle.

Vertiy converted the rebound of a Wood shot on the power play at 8:49, with Cam Dineen drawing his first of two assists. It was Vertiy’s sixth goal of the season and his fourth with North Bay after a Nov. 11 trade from the Windsor Spitfires.

MacIntyre replied at 12:07 after he broke down the right wing and beat Brady Lyle, who was slow to get back.

With Tyler Hore penalized for hooking, defenceman Wood took a pass from Amadio on a two-on-one power-play rush and connected at 3:55 of the second period, before McKenzie scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to chase Raaymakers. It was McKenzie’s 12th goal and his fourth on the penalty kill. The Troops lead the league with 14 shorthanded goals.

The Battalion hosts the Oshawa Generals at 7 p.m. Thursday.

BATTALION BULLETS: Amadio, a Sault Ste. Marie native, has a six-game points streak during which he has four goals and seven assists for 11 points. He has 108 all-time assists, one more than Howie Martin and sixth on the franchise list. Amadio has 44 career power-play assists, tied with Jason Maleyko for eighth place in franchise history … The Troops, who arrived at their hotel at 2 a.m., were ousted from their rooms after a fire alarm sounded at 7:13 a.m. The cause was a guest burning breakfast toast … The Battalion was 2-for-2 on the power play. The Greyhounds went 1-for-6 … Opening line combinations featured Amadio centring left winger Vertiy and right winger Santos, McKenzie centring left winger Mike Baird and right winger Harland and Poirier centring left winger David Sherman and right winger Brett Hargrave. Kyle Potts pivoted left winger Max Kislinger and right winger Justin Brazeau … Battalion scratches were Jake Ramalho and Jacob Ball … MacIntyre has a six-game points streak during which he has five goals and five assists for 10 points. MacIntyre, who milked the contact with Santos while looking to the officials, was suspended for six games for a check from behind into the boards on Ball in a 3-1 loss Oct. 10 to the visiting Battalion … The Greyhounds are at North Bay on Jan. 14 and Feb. 4.

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