Some say the sign of a good team is the ability to get points even when you don’t play that well. That describes the Sudbury Wolves game in Peterborough last night.
Outplayed and outshot through the first two periods, the Wolves again staged a third-period comeback only to lose to the Petes 4-3 in overtime.
The Wolves record is now 3-1-3-0 good for nine points and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
after the game, Head Coach Paul Fixter said they’re in the business to get points, but the effort wasn’t close to being good enough.
“We got one point we didn’t deserve,” he said. “But we found a way to get it, so I guess that’s good. We’ve gotten points in every game except the first and that’s really good, but we didn’t work at a level needed to compete in the Ontario Hockey League.”
The Wolves came out flat and were outshot 20-6 in the first period and trailed 1-0. It didn't get any better in the second as the Petes fired 16 more shots at the Wolves net and scored two unanswered goals to lead 3-1 entering the third.
Mathew Campagna scored the Wolves' goal unassisted at 2:59 of the second.
Fixter chalked up the loss to a terrible start.
“I guess the guys are using the long trip to Peterborough as an excuse and that just doesn't cut it with me,” he said. “This is a league where you get off the bus and you have to go play. Too many guys took the night off and just didn't show up.”
For the third time in the last four road games, the Wolves dug down and fought back in the third period. Dominik Kubalik scored on the power play at 10:48 and then again at even strength at 13:43 to send the game to overtime.
“I am lucky I scored those goals,” Kubalik said. “The first one was just a normal shot and the second one I just went to the net.”
Kubalik just shook his head when asked about the team’s slow start.
“We played so bad in the first period,” he said. “We can’t keep playing like that — we have to play better in the D-zone. We have to be better tomorrow for sure.”
By the end of the game, the Wolves lowered the deficit on the shot-clock to 45 to 43. Fixter credits goalie Franky Palazzese for keeping them in the game.
“We had a goaltender tonight that played well and he made some big saves.”
The Wolves are in Kingston tonight to play the Frontenacs, who haven’t lost in regulation time and lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 6-0-0-1.
“We have to be better tomorrow,” said Fixter. “We’ll kick them in the behind to make sure they're better because Kingston is a highly explosive and skilled team.
"You can’t win in this league if you’re not skating and we weren’t skating tonight. We do the same tomorrow night and we’ll be in big trouble.”
The Wolves finish the weekend Sunday afternoon at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa against the 67s.
Thursday Night Game Notes:
- The Wolves were 1 for 3 on the power play while the Petes were 1 for 2.
- Wolves scratches: David Eccles (healthy), Nathan Cull (upper body), Dominik Kahun (upper body), David Zeppieri (healthy) and Brody Silk (upper body).
-The game stars: 1) Andrew D’Agostini (Pet) 2) Brandon Devlin (Pet) 3) Dominik Kubalik (Sud).