Sudbury’s Marshall Frappier seemed more happy about the win than his first career shutout after the Sudbury Wolves topped Peterborough 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s a special feeling,” Frappier said. “I was lucky the guys in front of me made it easier, made life easier with a couple big penalty kills, but all-in-all just happy to get it.”
But it was Frappier’s performance, picking up the only shutout by any Wolves goalie this season, that propelled Sudbury through the first period and led them to salvage one win out of the four game series with the Petes.
“Any time you get a shutout, no matter what league you are (in), it’s a great thing,” said Wolves Head Coach Cory Stillman.
The Wolves also had the most shots on net out of any game this season with 46.
It was a point of emphasis for both Stillman and Wolves GM Rob Papineau when they held a meeting with the media just two weeks ago.
“The more you shoot the puck, the better the chances are,” Stillman said. “We can shoot the puck as much as we want from the outside, but we’ve got to get into the front of the net and pay the price.”
Liam Ross led the way with two goals for the Wolves, his third and fourth of the season, and the first multi-point game of his career.
“We were running a set play, both times actually, the same play,” said Ross. “We moved the puck well, I got it and I just did what I had to do.”
Both times Ross wired a slapshot from the point that beat Petes goalie Hunter Jones.
Ross and Frappier, along with Blake Murray, rounded out the three stars of the game, all rookies for the Wolves. Blake Murray and Macauley Carson picked up the other two goals for the Wolves.
Sudbury also killed off all six power-play opportunities for the Petes, and scored a power-play goal and a short-handed goal.
“I think it was a well-fought effort, everyone was playing hard, doing their job and that’s why we came out successful,” said Ross.
The Wolves were actually outshot by the Petes in the first period 16-14, but goals by Carson and Murray put the Wolves ahead.
“If we play within our system and play the style we want to play, it’s fun to watch and it’s exciting for the guys,” Stillman said after the game. “We had some opportunities. Yes, we gave up a few too many shots, but we were around the net and around the puck, and it’s a positive sign for us to see.”
In the second period, Ross picked up his first goal and Peterborough went without a shot for an more than 11 minutes. Sudbury outshot Peterborough 17-6 in the second and 15-5 in the third, and in total topped the Petes 46-27 in that category.
With the win, Sudbury ties Flint for the fewest number points in the league at 43.
Both teams have three games left: Sudbury’s are against Barrie and Oshawa, while Flint has Owen Sound, Sault Ste. Marie and Windsor.
Sudbury’s lone home game is next Friday against Barrie where they will honour overage players Kyle Rhodes and Doug Blaisdell as well as Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts.