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Wolves drop two games on home ice over the weekend

BY SCOTT HUNTER HADDOW [email protected] The Sudbury Wolves are licking their wounds after a pair of weekend losses to Mississauga and Belleville.

The Sudbury Wolves are licking their wounds after a pair of weekend losses to Mississauga and Belleville.

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Wolves overage goaltender Patrick Elechener prepares to make a save, while forward Benoit Pouliot works hard to back check to prevent a scoring chance by a Belleville Bulls forward Sunday afternoon at the Sudbury Arena. The Bulls scored a late goal to take a 3-2 win over the struggling Wolves.
The Wolves were hammered 5-1 on Friday night at the Sudbury Arena by the Mississauga IceDogs, and then lost 3-2 to the Belleville Bulls Sunday afternoon.

Despite the losses, the Wolves still managed to remain in third spot in the Central Division, and fourth overall in the Eastern Conference with a record of 24-21-4-4, good for 56 points.

On Friday, Kevin Beech got the start, but was shelled by the IceDogs, who fired 37 shots at the sophomore goaltender.

The loss ended Beech's recent undefeated streak of seven games, where he went 6-0-1.

IceDogs' superstar Patrick O'Sullivan was the driving force behind the big win by scoring two goals, including the game winner short handed, and adding an assist.

Once again, IceDogs' goalie Michael Ouzas shut down the Sudbury shooters, holding them to one goal by Ryan McDonough on the power play.

Overall, Ouzas stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced.

Bradley Snetsinger, Michael Swift and Kyle Quincey also scored for the Wolves.

On Sunday afternoon, the Wolves were nipped 3-2 by the Bulls, who got a late goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to steal two points.

The Wolves battled back from two one-goal deficits, but let the game slip away on the late goal by Bulls' forward Scott Baker.

The game also marked the home debut of local product Jeff Christison, who the Wolves picked up on waivers at the OHL trade deadline from Sarnia.

Christison showed great drive and determination all game, constantly going to the net looking for scoring chances.

Christison was rewarded with a goal, his first ever career OHL goal, midway through the third period. The goal tied the game at 2-2.

The game also saw the return of Patrick Ehelechner, who last played Jan. 29 against Mississauga. Ehelechner was very solid and made 28 saves in the loss.

Bobby Chaumont scored the other goal for the Wolves, who are now 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

Evan Brophey and Pat Sutton also scored for the Bulls, who are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

The Wolves are back in action this upcoming weekend for a three games in three nights scenario.

The Wolves host the Barrie Colts on Friday night, and then host the Oshawa Generals for the first ever regular season Saturday night game in Sudbury.

The Wolves then hit the road to play Toronto St. Michael's Majors on Sunday.


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