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Wolves fall 2-1 to Battalion in tight game

North Bay rides early third period goal to a narrow win at Memorial Gardens
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Sudbury Wolves star David Goyette scored the team's only marker during the Jan. 22 match in North Bay against the Battalion.

The Sudbury Wolves travelled to North Bay for a 2 p.m. tilt on Sunday and wound up coming home with their tail between their legs.

Far from a blowout, the low-scoring game saw only three markers notched over the course of three periods. 

North Bay outshot Sudbury by 13, logging 34 shots on Pack netminder Kevyn Brassard, while Sudbury hit the Battalion’s Dom DiVencentiis with 21 shots.

On the power play, neither team was able to capitalize, though Sudbury’s performance was slightly better in that they killed four penalties compared to North Bay’s two.

In terms of faceoff wins, the team were pretty equally matched with North Bay winning 31 and Sudbury winning 28.

The loss drops Sudbury’s record to 17-19-3-2, good enough for eighth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference and 16th overall. 

The win improves North Bay’s record to 30-11-1-1, which puts them in second place in the Eastern Conference and also second overall in the OHL.

After a scoreless opening period, the Battalion got on the board first at 0:59 of the second after Kyle Jackson and Josh Bloom teamed up to feed Matvey Petrov who scored his 20th of the season to put North Bay up 1-0.

That lead wouldn’t last long though as 2:43 later David Goyette would score his 27th of the season for Sudbury (assists by Landon McCallum and Nick DeGrazia) to tie it up 1-1.

The teams would battle back and forth for the remainder of the second for the first nearly four minutes of the third. At 3:50 of the final frame, Kyle Jackson scored his 25th of the season for North Bay (assists from Ty Nelson and Kyle McDonald) to put the Battalion up 2-1, and that’s how the game would stay through to the final buzzer.

The Pack is off for a few days now, returning to action on Jan. 27 at home against the Windsor Spitfires. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.