The Sudbury Wolves defeated the Niagara IceDogs Friday night to remain unbeaten in their regular season matchups after 3 games with this Central Division rival. A number of Wolves players had stand-out performances including NATHAN PANCEL, MATHEW CAMPAGNA and TROY TIMPANO. PANCEL notched his third hat trick of the season to advance the Wolves to a 2 game win streak, while CAMPAGNA also added 4 helpers. This was the third time this season that he has combined for a 4+ point night. TROY TIMPANO earned his second career win Friday as he stood strong between the pipes.
Wolves’ captain KEVIN RAINE also made a return to the lineup and added some experience for the boys on the backend.
CRAIG DUININCK found CONNOR CRISP at the opposing blueline for a stretch pass and found the back of the net to open up the scoring early for the Wolves, giving them the lead early in the 1st period. NATHAN PANCEL added to the lead late in the 1st period on the man advantage, as MATHEW CAMPAGNA (also assisted by NICHOLAS BAPTISTE) threw a bullet cross-crease to PANCEL who was left with a wide-open net. The Wolves outshot the IceDogs after 20 minutes, 16-10.
In the second period, the Wolves persisted and would strengthen their lead with less than three minutes into the period. DOMINIK KAHUN would snipe a goal past the IceDogs goaltender, with DOMINIK KUBALIK and NATHAN CULL assisting on the play. This marked Kahun’s second goal of the season. Midway through the period the IceDogs would get into penalty trouble and the Wolves would capitalize yet again with a goal coming from the hot stick of NATHAN PANCEL. This would mark his second goal of the night with the assists once again going to MATHEW CAMPAGNA and NICHOLAS BAPTISTE.
The IceDogs would answer back with two very quick goals only 12 second apart at the end of the period to bring themselves within 2 goals at the end of the second frame. Shots on goal after two were 22-21 in favour of the Wolf pack.
The IceDogs battled and continued to press in the third period, however only managed to come within two goal of the Wolves, as PANCEL and CORBETT would each add one in the third frame to end the game in a 6-4 final in favour of the Wolves. The Wolves special teams was an impressive 3 for 4 on the powerplay and 1 for 6 on the penalty kill.
The Wolves now sit only 1 point behind 1st in their Division.
The Wolves will rest Saturday and will return to action at the Sudbury Arena on Sunday afternoon to reunite with the Ottawa 67’s. Game time is 2:00pm. There are great seats still available at the Arena Box Office or online at greatersudbury.ca. The Box Office will open at 11:00am Sunday. It’s Family Day Sunday as all youngsters 12 and under will receive admission for only $10 when accompanied by an adult.