The Wolves finish the weekend with a 4-3 overtime win over the Niagara Icedogs on Sunday afternoon. Montreal Canadiens 3rd round draft pick CONNOR CRISP fired it past the glove of the IceDogs’ netminder, to solidify the win with only 24 seconds remaining in overtime. This win marked rookie goaltender TROY TIMPANO first OHL win between the pipes.
Both teams rallied their troops and shared a combination of big time hits in the first period to set the tone of the game. Wolves’ veteran MATHEW CAMPAGNA opened up the scoring less than five minutes into the game to advance his goal tally to 9 in 23 games played. Assists went to NICK BAPTISTE AND NATHAN PANCEL on the play. Only a few minutes later, the Wolves continued to press and notched a second goal, this time on the Power Play to advance them to 2-0. This goal came from the stick of NICK BAPTISTE. Before the end of the first, the IceDogs answered with a goal of their own coming from JOHNNY CORNIEL (assisted by CODY CARON and ALEXANDER PROTAPOVICH). After 20 minutes of play, the Wolves led 2-1. Shots on were 10-9 in favour of the IceDogs.
Both teams continued to generate high quality scoring chances in the second but it was Niagara who found the back of the net on the power play late in the second to even things up at 2 goals apiece. The IceDogs second goal came from the stick of IceDogs’ captain, JESSE GRAHAM. Shots on goal at the end of the second were 25-19 in favour of the IceDogs.
The Wolves opened up the third period on the penalty kill which Niagara would capitalize on just under a minute in. This would give them their first lead of the game, 3-2. The IceDogs’ power play goal was scored by BRENDAN PERLINI.
Midway through the third, the Wolves replied with a power play goal of their own to tie the game back up at 3 goals apiece. The Wolves’ goal was scored by NICHOLAS BAPTISTE, his second of the game.
After 60 minutes of play, this one would need overtime. With less than 30 seconds left to play in overtime, CONNOR CRISP gave the Wolves the extra point by putting the puck past the IceDogs goaltender. Sunday’s win advanced the team’s record to 9-8-3-3.
The Wolves will hit the road Friday for a rematch against the NIAGARA ICEDOGS, this time in their barn and will travel to Erie on Saturday to meet the Otters.
Molson 3 Stars:
1 – NICHOLAS BAPTISTE (2 Goals, 1 Assist)
2 – TROY TIMPANO (41 saves)
3 – CONNOR CRISP (1 Goal – Game Winner)