The Wolves rebounded from a 3-0 deficit last night to secure a win against the Greyhounds after beating their northern rivals 3-1 on Friday night in front of a hometown crowd.
In the Sault, more than 2,000 fans cheered as the Greyhounds jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period of play. Tyler Ganly, Nick Pastorious and overage forward Tyler Gaudet scored in the first frame as the Greyhounds outshot the Wolves 14-8.
Wolves' 16-year-old goaltender Troy Timpano was making his first-ever OHL start and the Greyhounds came in waves as the Wolves seemed to take a while to get their bus legs going.
The Wolves picked up their game in the second period, but were still outshot 12-11.
Danny Desrochers scored with just two minutes remaining in the period to narrow the gap to 3-1 with help from Nathan Cull and Jimmy McDowell.
And, Desrochers was just getting started and his offensive heroics were yet to come.
Jeff Corbett was a key factor for the Wolves and demonstrated why NHL teams are so interested in his progress this season. He jumped out of the penalty box and used his speed to break in all alone on the Soo goaltender and fired a shot top corner to bring the score to 3-2.
There was a noticeable change in momentum at that point as the Wolves kept up the pressure. Once again, Corbett made a great pinch at the Greyhounds blueline and walked into the slot and unleashed a slapshot that sent the puck just under the crossbar.
Tied at 3-3, the game appeared to be ending when Wolves' forward Matt Schmalz walked in from the Soo blueline and directed a backhand shot. Queue Desrochers, who drove the net and tucked in the rebound to give the Wolves a 4-3 lead with 54 seconds remaining on the clock.
The Wolves were assessed yet another penalty, but the Pack's defensive corps including Conor Cummins, David Eccles, Evan deHaan, McDowell, Kyle Capobianco and Corbett shut the door on any chances of the Greyhounds netting the equalizer.
The team is highlighting the play of 16-year-old goaltender, Timpano, who battled the entire game and came up with some great stops as the Greyhounds fired 35 shots on net. Despite being down 3-0 after the first period, Timpano showed his poise and focus in stopping the next 21 shots that he faced.
“I was really pleased how well Troy played tonight,” said Wolves' head coach Paul Fixter in a press release. "Veteran goaltenders have a hard time battling back from a 3-0 deficit, but for a 16-year-old goaltender to do it, in this building, speaks volumes of Troy's abilities as a goaltender."
The Wolves now prepare for the regular-season home opener weekend as they will once again face off against the Soo Greyhounds on Friday night.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Sudbury Arena.