The never-say-die Sudbury Wolves rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to come from behind and defeat the Soo Greyhounds by a score of 4-3. 2,200 fans cheered as the Greyhounds jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period of play. Tyler Ganly, Nick Pastorious and overage forward Tyler Gaudet scored in the first frame as the Greyhounds outshot the Wolves 14-8. Wolves’ 16-year-old goaltender TROY TIMPANO was making his first-ever OHL start and the Greyhounds came in waves as the Wolves seemed to take a while to get their bus legs going.
The Wolves played a better second period and despite being outshot 12-11, DANNY DESROCHERS scored with just two minutes remaining in the period to narrow the gap to 3-1. NATHAN CULL and JIMMY MCDOWELL added assists on the goal by the North Bay native. DESROCHERS was just getting started and his offensive heroics were yet to come.
JEFF CORBETT was a key factor for the Wolves as the Uxbridge native demonstrated why NHL teams are so interested in his progress this season. CORBETT jumped out of the penalty box and used his speed to break-in all alone on the Soo goaltender and fired a shot top corner to make the score 3-2. You could start to feel the change in momentum at that point as the Wolves kept coming and once again, CORBETT made a great pinch at the Greyhounds blueline and walked into the slot area and unleashed a slapshot that sent the puck just under the crossbar.
The game appeared to be ending in a tie when Wolves’ forward MATT SCHMALZ made a nice play at the Soo blueline and walked in and directed a backhand shot at the Greyhound net. Queue DANNY DESROCHERS as the 18-year-old forward drove the net and tucked in a neat rebound to give the Wolves a 4-3 lead with 54 seconds remaining on the clock. The Wolves were assessed yet another penalty but the Wolves defensive corps including CONOR CUMMINS, DAVID ECCLES, EVAN de HAAN, JIMMY MCDOWELL, KYLE CAPOBIANCO and JEFF CORBETT shut the door.
The big story for the Wolves was the play of 16 year old goaltender TROY TIMPANO. The Pickering, Ontario native battled the entire game and came-up with some great stops as the Greyhounds fired 35 shots at the youngster. Despite being down 3-0 after the first period, TIMPANO showed his poise and focus in stopping the next 21 shots that he faced. “I was really pleased how well Troy played tonight” notes Wolves’ head coach PAUL FIXTER. “Veteran goaltenders have a hard time battling back from a 3-0 deficit but for a 16 year old goaltender to do it, in this building, speaks volumes of Troy abilities as a goaltender.”