Baker Scores Two to Push Wolves Past Battalion
The Sudbury Wolves ended a seven-game road stretch with a big win in North Bay as the Wolves doubled up on the Battalion with a 4-2 victory Thursday night. Goal scorers for the Wolves included Dawson Baker with two goals, Nolan Hutcheson, and Cole Candella.
Wolves prospect David Bowen received his second OHL start and with a 36 save performance, he earned himself the first star of the game. Baker was rewarded for his two-goal game with a deserving third star of the night. Emmett Serensits was another highlight in the win, as he picked up assists off both of Baker’s goals.
The Wolves continued their strong first period play against the Battalion as they out-shot North Bay 13-8 and finished the opening period with a 1-0 lead. Baker opened the scoring for the Wolves off a puck that slipped just past Christian Propp, with assists going to Serensits and Kyle Rhodes.
The fire continued for Baker in the second period as he released a quick shot that went top shelf over Propp to extend the Wolves lead to two. The goal came off of a nice pass from Serensits. The assist marked the rookie defenceman’s second multi-point night since being moved up front for the past four games. With the Wolves on a penalty kill, Nolan Hutcheson used his speed to generate a breakaway where he extended the Wolves lead to 3-0. Bowen continued to hold the Battalion off the scoresheet throughout the second period.
The third period was a wild one between the two teams as the Battalion fought to the finish to tie the game at 3. Bowen was busy in net, looking very strong and experienced as he turned away multiple key saves. The Battalion outshot the Wolves 17-5 in the frame. Two goals from veteran defenseman, Adam Thilander, put the Battalion within one goal. However, with just over three minutes remaining in the period, Cole Candella released a one-timer from the point that beat Propp to make it 4-2. Candella now sits at a career-high 31 points on the season. In the final minute of the game, the Northern rivalry boiled over as roughing broke out between the lines, including a fight between Liam Ross and Brad Chenier. Final shots at the end of the game were 38-27 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves will now return home to the Sudbury Arena for a double header weekend as they face off against the North Bay Battalion Friday night at 7:05pm and Peterborough Petes on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are on-sale now for both home games at the Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.