Simply put, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are unstoppable.
That may be the way it seems to the other 19 teams in the Ontario Hockey League, after the Greyhounds notched their 18th win in a row on Thursday. The Flint Firebirds fell to the ‘Hounds for the third time during this run. In Sudbury, the Wolves have fallen victim to this unprecedented stretch of dominance three times as well. The same can be said for the North Bay Battalion.
In fact, there are five teams that are repeated losers to the Soo over this stretch. If they beat the Kitchener Rangers on Friday, that would make it six. That’s just one of the amazing numbers that have come out of this stretch. Here are seven more as we break down the Greyhounds’ 18-game winning streak.
By the Numbers: Greyhounds dominate OHL amidst 18-game win streak
9: The Greyhounds had nine wins when their winning streak started, sitting at 9-3-2. Their last loss was against the Sarnia Sting on October 27, 6-3. The Sting entered that matchup as the top team in the CHL rankings at 12-1, while the Soo sat sixth. The streak started one day later with a 7-0 win over Flint.
12: That’s how many wins Matthew Villalta has pulled in during this win streak. It would have never gotten this far if not for a relief appearance during the second game of the run. If it wasn’t for his eight saves in 27 minutes of work, the Greyhounds would have never been able to complete the comeback with an OT winner against Sudbury.
Consecutive Win #18:
— Soo Greyhounds (@OHLHoundPower) December 14, 2017
33: Morgan Frost has led the team in scoring during the streak with 12 goals and 21 assists. That’s good for 67% of his team-leading 47 points. He’s one of four players with more than 20 points over the streak, and 11 with 10 or more points. Amazingly, three players have pulled in five-point games over this stretch. Boris Katchouk leads the team with 14 goals, one of four players with over 10.
#OHL FLNT/SSM: @OHLHoundPower Morgan Frost sits in third in League scoring and tops the circuit in +/- after a 14-game run of 10 goals (2 Wednesday), 18 assists for 28 points and a +19 rating. 7-14-21, +17 in first 17 games.
— Geoffrey Brandow (@GeoffreyBrandow) December 14, 2017
In the OHL this season, Morgan Frost is:
2nd in assists (32)
3rd in points (49)
1st in +/- (+35)
Worth mentioning that Frost doesn't turn 19 years old until May. #Flyers
— Flyers Prospects (@futureofphilly) December 14, 2017
35: That’s the difference between the first place Greyhounds and the last place Firebirds in the West division. It’s the biggest point differential in any division through the first half of the season, and it isn’t even close. Compared to the other division leaders, the Soo is up by 14 points on both Kitchener and Hamilton. Then it’s a whopping 19 points better than the Barrie Colts in the Central Division. Their closest competition is in their own division: the Sarnia Sting have somehow remained within six points of top spot during this stretch of dominance.
91: Sault Ste. Marie has scored 91 goals over this stretch, outscoring their opponents by an astounding 50 goals (91-41). Over the past 18 games the Greyhounds have allowed two or fewer goals 10 times. That includes three shutouts (Flint, Sudbury, Ottawa), two by backup Tyler Johnson.
0.875%: After 18 wins in a row that’s the Greyhounds’ winning percentage. Over a season, that would be the second-best in history behind the 2004/05 London Knights. That winning percentage who also see the ‘Hounds tie those same Knights for the most points in a season (120). They currently hold the fourth-longest winning streak (excluding playoffs) in league history.
4: With two more wins, in Kitchener and Guelph to close out their pre-Christmas schedule, the Greyhounds would become just the fourth team in OHL history to win 20-straight games.
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