With the kids starting to gel and squeak out wins with hard work and grit, GM Kyle Raftis went out and brought the boys an early Christmas gift in Niagara Ice Dogs Right Winger Brenden Sirrizzotti. The 6ft Whitby Ontario native has 23 points in 21 games this year.
The writing was on the wall for quite a while as per the reassignment of rookie Dustin Good to the Elmira Sugar Kings recently, and the trade of defensemen Luc Brzustowski to the North Bay Battalion. Since arriving in Elmira, Dustin has 3 points in 4 games and is developing well.
The Greyhounds now have the tools to not only make the playoffs, but to develop into a strong contender in the division and conference where they want to secure home ice advantage. With the kids all playing by committee, solid goaltending, and defense; the sky is the limit. .
Is K.F. done making moves this year? I don’t think so. I have a hunch once again that if this team is bidding for the Memorial Cup, he is going to want a really solid team to finish the 2023 season. Will he be able to convince German import Julian Lutz to finish the season in North America after the World Juniors?. I think that may be one of his goals over the next couple of weeks. Fingers crossed.
*After a good recent road trip where the Hounds won two out of three; they prepare for their final two games on the road this weekend and going home for Christmas on a winning streak will do wonders.
Tomorrow the boys are in Kitchener and Saturday in Guelph. These are two games the Hounds must win. Kitchener trails the Hounds by only 2 points with 3 games in hand and Guelph trails the Dogs by 3 points.
I have a great feeling the boys might scoop up another couple of wins.
Go Hounds Go