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Wolves gain three valuable points on road after home ice loss

The Sudbury Wolves had a shot at first place in the Central Division, but dropped two of three games over the weekend, and remain in third place in the division with 49 points, two behind second place Mississauga.

The Sudbury Wolves had a shot at first place in the Central Division, but dropped two of three games over the weekend, and remain in third place in the division with 49 points, two behind second place Mississauga.

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The Wolves and IceDogs played a close game Friday night, with the IceDogs skating to a 3-2 victory. Rafal Martynowski (9), is watched closely by IceDogs' defenders Kyle Quincey (22) and Frankie Santini (44).
The Wolves lost 1-0 in overtime, thanks to a Nathan McIver goal, to the Toronto St. Michael's Majors on Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

Patrick Ehelechner was sharp, making 26 saves. Toronto's goalie Justin Peters was even better, stopping all 45 shots he faced.

On Saturday, the Wolves dumped the Eastern Conference-leading Peterborough Petes 5-3 in Peterborough.

Ben Pouliot lead the charge by scoring two goals. Rafal Martynowski, Stefan Blaho and Bobby Chaumont scored the other goals for the Wolves.

Kevin Beech got the start in goal for the Wolves, and the lanky netminder responded by making 38 saves in the victory.

Jordan Morrison, Daniel Ryder and local boy Jadran Beljo scored for the Petes.

The Sudbury Wolves were nipped 3-2 by the Mississauga IceDogs on Friday night at the Sudbury Arena in a rough contest for Central Division supremacy.

Both teams entered the battle tied for second place in the division with 46 points.

IceDogs' power forward John Hecimovic scored two goals to pace the attack for Mississauga in the win.

The game turned ugly in the third period when IceDogs' forward Daniel Carcillo violently cross-checked Wolves' defender Adam McQuaid in the mouth with his stick during a hit.

McQuaid laid on the ice in serious pain for several minutes.

Wolves' scrapper Alex Eaton tried his best to get at Carcillo to extract some revenge, but the linesmen did their job and held Eaton at bay.

Carcillo was kicked out of the game, and will surely be suspended by the OHL. Carcillo was suspended 15 games earlier this season for another stick incident.

McQuaid had chipped teeth, and required stitches to close a gash, but was supposed to be fine. (McQuaid played the next night in Peterborough).

After the game, Wolves' head coach and general manager Mike Foligno was furious over the Carcillo incident.

"What happened to Adam McQuaid is just inexcusable," said Foligno. "Carcillo cross-checked him right in the mouth. He's been known to do that. He's done it in the past and been suspended for it, and the league is obviously going to have to take a look at the tape on this one."

Foligno expected a tight battle heading into the big four-point contest.

"We're two teams that are matched up pretty good against each other," said Foligno. "We have had some tight games in the past, and I think it's going to continue that way.

"They got a jump on us with a couple of power play goals. We answered back with a couple of power play goals of our own, but couldn't execute to get the (tying goal) or the game winner when we had the opportunities. We had a five on three in the third period that we needed to capitalize on, and unfortunately, we didn't."

Foligno thought new acquisition Kevin Baker performed well in his debut.

"He did a really good job out there, said Foligno. "He probably could have scored the tying goal. He skated very well, and I think he's going to bring us everything we expected he would."

The Wolves came out flying in the first period, unleashing a barrage of shots, but IceDogs' goalie Michael Ouzas was on his game.

The Wolves lit up the scoreboard first on the power play when Chaumont jumped all over a loose puck in the slot and fired it home after a great pass from Martynowski.

Martynowski completed a nifty wraparound shot that produced the scoring chance for Chaumont.

The goal was the 100th of Chaumont's career.

From there, the Wolves fell flat and started getting into costly penalty trouble.

IceDogs' power forward John Hecimovic tied the game at 9:49 of the first period on the power play by blasting a one-time shot past Ehelechner.

Mississauga charged ahead when Carcillo scored on the power play at 12:51 of the first frame by roofing the puck over Ehelechner.

Mississauga took a 3-1 lead at 8:28 of the second period when Hecimovic snapped a quick shot past Ehelechner.

The Wolves continued to press and were rewarded minutes later when Nick Foligno took a pass from newly acquired centre Baker and deked Ouzas out of his pants and tucked it into the net at 15:38 of the second period.

The Wolves failed to capitalized on the five minute power play, which also included two minutes of five-on-three power play time after IceDogs' defenceman Craig Cescon took a roughing penalty during Carcillo's penalty time.

Despite lambasting Ouzas with 37 shots, the Wolves couldn't find the equalizer.

The Wolves are back in action this Friday when they take on Toronto. Game time at the Sudbury Arena is 7:30 pm.

The Wolves also host the Owen Sound Attack on Sunday afternoon. Game time is 2 pm.


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