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Steelheads send Wolves packing with 7-2 win

Team comes out of weekend matches with one win, two losses
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Sudbury Wolves forward Nick DeGrazia picked up the first of two goals the teamed earned in what would end up being a losing effort against the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday.

The Sudbury Wolves record fell to seven wins and 11 losses after a tough weekend on the road.

Coming off a 4-2 win over the Ottawa 67s on Friday night, the Pack headed to Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Although goalie Mitchell Weeks was strong in net, making 46 saves and earning the game’s third star, the Wolves just couldn’t contain Hamilton’s offence, falling 4-1 to Mississauga. Gio Biondi scored the Pack’s only goal (his fourth of the season).

On Sunday, the team travelled to Mississauga to take on the Steelheads. Again, the Pack couldn’t contain the opposition’s offence and lost the game 7-2.

The Steelheads struck first on Sunday, taking an early lead 10 minutes into the game, then scored again a few minutes later to make it a 2-0 hockey game. The team killed two Wolves’ power plays in the process.

With four minutes left in the frame, Sudbury got on the board when Nick DeGrazia beat Mississauga netminder Roman Basran to cut the Steelheads’ lead to 2-1.

The second period looked promising for Sudbury. At around the 11-minute mark, Jack Thompson tied the game up at 2-2. That would be all she wrote for Sudbury in terms of scoring.

Mississauga bounced back quickly, scoring two goals in 11 seconds to retake the lead and add an insurance goal.

Down 4-2 going into the third, the Wolves kept the pressure on but just couldn’t stop the Steelheads offence. Less than five minutes into the period, Mississauga would make it a 5-2 hockey game. They would score again seven minutes later and again three minutes after that to put a capper on the game, which ended 7-2 for Mississauga.

The Wolves are sitting in eighth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference with a record of 7-11-1. 

Wolves fans are in for a treat this week as the team is playing three games at home. On Thursday and Friday nights, the Pack will be looking for payback when the Mississauga Steelheads come to town. Both games are at 7:05 p.m. Then, the Barrie Colts come to town for a Sunday afternoon match. Puck drops at 2:05 p.m.