BY SCOTT HADDOW
The Sudbury Wolves are on a modest two-game winning streak and head coach and GM Mike Foligno wants them to stay on the winning track heading into the playoffs.
The Wolves look to expand their winning streak tonight against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Game time at the Sudbury Arena is 7:30 pm.
The Wolves have won four out of the five games against their Northern rivals, but they were nail biters, with four of the games being decided by one goal.
"Every game against them has been close and battles right to the end," said Foligno. "They play hard and work hard. We've matched their intensity and work ethic . . . We need to keep doing that. It will be a competitive game. We have to keep being responsible defensively.
We will also try out some different players on different lines to find more strengths and to prepare for the playoffs."
Foligno is also looking for the power play units to come to life, which has gone stale recently. Sudbury has scored just two power play goals on their last 44 chances, over the last five games.
"You need a good power play in the playoffs no ifs, ands or buts," said the bench boss. "It has to be creating and scoring. Teams have won championships with a solid power play. The players have to look at each power play as the only one we will get that game. We need that mentality."
The Wolves have been bolstered by the return to form of strapping defender Adam McQuaid.
The defenceman was a dismal -17 at the end of January. In February, he posted a +11, to bring his rating to -6.
"In the last 20 games, Adam has been playing his best hockey," said Foligno. "He's been one of our most solid players. He's been aggressive and taking the body cleanly. Adam's playing an assertive game, paying the price and playing with confidence."
Forward Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn, who has three goals and six points in his last six games, is also impressing.
"Mark's really applied himself . . . He's been a dangerous player lately and we need him to keep improving."
The Wolves might get good news as forwards Devin DiDiomete and Matt Dias could return from the injury shelf this weekend. DiDiomete is questionable and Dias could play tonight.