Time and time again the Wolves fought back, but they ran out of comebacks dropping a 7-6 decision in overtime to the Owen Sound Attack Saturday night.
After taking a 1-0 lead 32 seconds into the game, the Wolves fell behind 3-1 early in the second period, took a 4-3 lead into the third period and then needed a third-period comeback to send the game into overtime.
But in the end, the difference was Attack forward Gemel Smith who scored his fourth goal of the game on the power play at 2:24 of overtime for the win.
Wolves Head coach Paul Fixter pointed to a couple of factors for leaving the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre with just a single point.
“I like the way we battled back and didn’t quit and all those sorts of good things, but too many penalties. You can’t take 10 or 11 penalties and expect to win a hockey game. Then there were the turnovers. We talked about it and we still turned the puck over and it cost us on goals.”
Nathan Pancel and Nick Baptiste each scored twice while Ray Huether and Jacob Harris added singles. Mathew Campagna chipped in with four assists.
Baptiste’s second goal of the game came with 4.8 seconds left in the third period sending the game to overtime.
“We battled hard and you’re going to lose games like that from time to time,” said Baptiste. “But the effort was there ... that’s the biggest thing we can take from this moving forward.”
Wolves rookie goalie Troy Timpano got his first career OHL start, stopping 28 of the 35 shots he faced.
“I got to be honest, I think Timpano showed a little bit of nerves as a 16-year-old in a very difficult building to play in” Fixter said. “I’m sure there are a few goals he would like to have back.
“All in all, we get a point on the road against a good hockey club, we’re happy with that.”
There won’t be much time for the Wolves to address things that went wrong last night as they are back in action this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Hersey Centre in Mississauga against the Steelheads.
“We've got to bounce back,” said Baptiste. “We have a quick turnaround against Mississauga, so we have to make sure we remember this game, but at the same time be ready to go tomorrow.”
-The Attack outshot the Wolves 35-34
-Sudbury was 3-for-7 on the power play while the Attack was 2-for-10
-Wolves scratches: David Eccles (healthy), Nathan Cull (third of a three-game suspension), Dominik Kahun (upper body), Austin Veleke (healthy) and Brody Silk (upper body).
3 Stars: 1. Gemel Smith (Attack); 2. Zach Nastasiuk (Attack); 3. Nathan Pancel (Sud).
Stew Kernan is the radio and television voice of the Sudbury Wolves, and the News Director at KiSS 105.3 and Q92. This column appears every other week in Northern Life.