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Wolves drop the second half of home and home to Battalion

Sudbury sits 41 points in the battle for the first overall pick
North Bay gave Sudbury one last barrage as the Battalion won the final matchup of the season 4-1. ( Green-Oliver)

North Bay gave Sudbury one last barrage as the Battalion won the final matchup of the season 4-1.

North Bay had won five of the seven games coming in but had only outscored Sudbury by three goals 29-26.

But in this game, the rough play carried over from the night before, and Sudbury found themselves in the penalty box for a good chunk of the game.

There were 78 penalty minutes in total between the two teams, and North Bay scored twice on the power play in the first period to take the lead, never looking back.

It was a far cry effort from the one Sudbury put forward the night before in a 4-2 win over North Bay.

"Bit of a let down from what we had last night. I thought we fought the puck, we turned the puck over, we gave them some chances, and they scored. We had some chances to score, I will say that, especially in the third period but we dug ourselves a hole and their goalie made some saves," said Wolves Head Coach Cory Stillman.

It was an interesting scenario at home and home with teams just down the road from each other and North Bay jostling for position in the playoffs.

Stillman thought his young talent could learn a thing or two about the experience.

"It goes to show you have to be ready to play, make some adjustments just like they're going to do and that's how you get through a series," said Stillman.

Wolves captain Kyle Rhodes was in the thick of it with a fighting major and had hoped for a better effort.

"I think we had some chances to score there throughout the whole game, a few penalties didn't go our way, a few unlucky bounces, but we could have played a lot harder of a game," said Rhodes.

It was a choppy start to the game as the first period took nearly an hour to play and at one time there were four Wolves in the penalty box.

It worked in North Bay's favour as they scored two power-play goals in the period.

The first goal came five minutes in an open net for Luke Burghardt off a rebound, his 27th of the season.

The Wolves were killing off a five-on-three later in the period when Justin Brazeau tipped in his 39th of the season.

The period ended 2-0 Troop with the shots 15-10 for the visitors.

In the second the teams settled down for a bit, just a bit.

Jake Henderson scored off a rebound midway through the period to give the Battalion a 3-0 lead.

Then the teams combined for 40 penalty minutes, Liam Ross of the Wolves got 27 of them.

A bright spot for Sudbury was Alexey Lipanov.

Lipanov entered the game on an eight-game pointless streak but snapped that late with a power play clapper from the high slot, top corner over Christian Propp to make the game 3-1 going into the third.

Luke Moncada extended the Battalion had back to three as he finished off a two-on-nothing breakout.

Sudbury outshot North Bay 12-9 in the third but was outshot 36-31 overall.

Jake McGrath made a start in the net for the Wolves a night after David Bowen picked up his first career win.

With the win North Bay inches closer to the fourth spot as they sit 6th with 68 points three behind Oshawa who have 71.

Sudbury stays at 41 points, two behind Flint in the battle for the first overall pick, both teams now have played the same amount of games.

Stillman confirmed Marshall Frappier would tend the crease when the Wolves host Peterborough on Sunday afternoon.