In the second game of a 6-game road swing, the Sudbury Wolves traveled down highway 17 to face-off against the North Bay Battalion at the North Bay Memorial Gardens for a New Year’s Eve matinee match-up. The Wolves young forward line of Nolan Hutcheson, Anthony Tabak and Blake McConville saw plenty of action as they brought the thunder producing the lone goals for the Wolves in an unfortunate 5-2 loss to the Battalion. It was a big game for 17-year-old Mitchell Weeks who made his first OHL start between the pipes for the Wolves, making 25 saves.
In the opening period, Sudbury native Brad Chenier took home the first goal of the game after he sent the puck straight into the back of the net past Weeks to give the Battalion a 1-0 lead.
Nolan Hutcheson made it a tie game 3 minutes and 37 seconds into the second period. With a long reach from behind the net, he pulled the trigger and fired in a nice wrap around goal that brought the game back to an even playing field. Just over the midway mark in the period, Brad Chenier potted his second of the afternoon on the power play to make it a one goal game. Battling hard by the blue line and bringing the puck up into the slot, Battalion’s captain Justin Brazeau tallied another goal to North Bay’s side of the scoreboard to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Anthony Tabak took advantage of a lucky bounce in the early minutes of the final frame. He sent the puck flying top shelf past Christian Propp to cut the Battalion’s lead by one. Justin Brazeau and Matthew Struthers both continued to pile on the pressure. Brazeau recorded his second goal of the game squeezing the puck past Weeks through the five-hole while Struthers followed up closer to the final minutes of the game with a feed from Chenier on the power play to end the game 5-2.
The Sudbury Wolves are looking to kick-off the new year with a win when they continue their 6 game road trip. The pack will be making stops in Windsor, Flint, and Saginaw next weekend. The Wolves next road game will be against the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday January 3rd at 7:05pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by tuning into the live play by play on the radio on CKLU 96.7 or mxlr.com/sudburywolves on the Sudbury Wolves App.