The Wolves were in Belleville Saturday night to battle the Belleville Bulls at the Yardmen arena.
The Wolves offensive success continued early on as newly acquired forward, RADEK FAKSA, picked up a juicy rebound off a shot from linemate NICHOLAS BAPTISTE and slid it into the open goal to make it 1-0 just over a minute into the opening frame. CONNOR CRISP also picked up an assist on the play. The Belleville Bulls didn’t flinch and answered with a goal of their own just over a minute later, as the Bulls defender snapped a high wrist shot past goaltender TROY TIMPANO.
With plenty of time remaining in the first, the Wolves were able to regain their lead before the period concluded. Dallas Stars prospect RADEK FAKSA made a nifty play behind the Bulls goal to find linemate NICHOLAS BAPTISTE all alone in front of the net. BAPTISTE made no mistake in shoveling the puck into the open net. JEFF CORBETT picked up the second assist on the goal. The Wolves outshot the Bulls 11-7 after the first 20 minutes of play.
The Wolves maintained momentum in the second period and found success midway through the period as MATT SCHMALZ fired a snapshot past the Bulls’ netminder right in the slot of the Bulls territory. This marked Schmalz’s second goal of the season. The play started back in the Wolves own zone as newly acquired defenceman TREVOR CARRICK and Wolves veteran NICHOLAS BAPTISTE broke out of the zone and combined to make this one possible.
Midway through the third, the Wolves extended their lead to three as DOMINIK KAHUN picked up the puck in a scrum in front of the Bulls goal and roofed it above the Bulls goaltender.
The Bulls were not done as Belleville scored their second goal of the game just seconds before the buzzer. That was as close as they would come as the Wolves defeated Belleville by a final score of 4-2.
With the win, rookie goaltender TROY TIMPANO remains undefeated in regulation between the pipes for the Wolfpack and turned aside 29 of the 31 shots he faced.
NICHOLAS BAPTISTE combined for a 3-point night and was awarded the 1st star of the game. RADEK FAKSA was named the game’s 2nd star and continued his dominance offensively by adding a goal and assist in this contest.
The Wolves will conclude their third and final game of the weekend Sunday evening when they take on the Eastern Conference leading Oshawa Generals. Fans can tune into the game on 95.5 KFM as Stew Kernan will have the live play-by-play. Game time is 6:05pm.