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Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2018
An improved outing not enough for a win
by Randy Pascal

The best performance of the young OHL season for the Sudbury Wolves did not produce a much-needed win, but certainly gave head coach Cory Stillman and company something to build on.

Playing near dead-even hockey with the visiting Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, a team expected to be in the chase for a Western Conference title this year, the Wolves dropped a 2-1 decision, in overtime.

After surrendering 20 goals against in their opening three games, the local juniors have tightened things up considerably, allowing four on Friday versus the Barrie Colts (one was into an empty net) and deadlocked in a scoreless tie against the Hounds with almost half a game in the books.

The Greyhounds opened the scoring when Keeghan Howdeshell buried the rebound of a shot from Morgan Frost at 7:46 of period two. The goal spoiled a lengthy terrific stretch of hockey for Sudbury netminder Jake McGrath, who appears to have regained his form from last year over the course of the past two outings.

And speaking of finding their form, Wolves' sniper Dmitry Sokolov netted his first goal of the year, finishing off a picture perfect three way passing plan that included linemates Troy Lajeunesse and David Levin.

That tally, just under six minutes into the third, was the last of regulation time. With the teams playing three on three hockey, Boris Katchouk and Frost broke free on a two on none, giving McGrath little to no chance as the Saultites extended the Sudbury losing skid to five games at the 2:23 mark of overtime.

The Greyhounds outshot the Wolves 38-31, improving their record to 3-1-1, tops in West Division. The local juniors, meanwhile, will try and get back on track on the road this Thanksgiving weekend, battling the Niagara Ice Dogs on Thursday and the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday.

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