Sam Makela turned aside 19 shots and his teammates scored once in every period as the Valley East Wagon Wheel Outlaws blanked the Sudbury Bulldogs #1 in Northeast Houseleague bantam action Tuesday at Carmichael Arena.
Alex Bourque, Nathan Alexander and Andrew Demers scored one goal apiece for the Outlaws, who pulled themselves dead even in the standings in the busy NEHL loop that features no less than 25 different teams.
Wagon Wheel (10-8-0) and the Bulldogs (8-7-4) share 11th place with the Valley East Renegades, the entire trio four points back of another grouping of squads that includes the Copper Cliff Hawks, Nickel Centre Sting and Valley East Cousin Vinny's.
In one earlier game on last night, the Sudbury Minor Peewee "A" Wolves tripled the Sudbury Major Atom "AA" Wolves 3-1 in exhibition play. Josh McKay scored early in the second period for the Peewee Wolves, with Jake Pinkerton adding another in the final minute of the frame.
Daniel Berehowsky cut the margin in half, beating Cole Goudreau at the 42 second mark of period three, but that was the only one of the 21 shots faced by Goudreau that would elude the young netminder.
Throwing caution to the wind, coach Jeff Forsyth pulled his netminder with the team already enjoying a man advantage, and just over four minutes to play, and Pinkerton made him pay, finding the middle of the vacant cage for his second tally of the night.