On Sunday afternoon the Wolves finished a three game road trip with a 5-4 shoot-out loss to the Ottawa 67’s. That is the fourth time (all on the road) in nine games that they have lost when extra time was needed.
But considering the team was coming off Friday night’s embarrassing 10-1 loss in Kingston, Wolves head coach Paul Fixter was taking the high road.
“I’m going to take the positives out of it...there were a lot of good things that happened,” said Fixter. “Obviously we’re not happy with the outcome but we were much tighter in the defensive zone, made good decisions with the puck and our forecheck was good.”
The game was scoreless after the first period and tied 1-1 heading into the third with Connor Crisp getting his 4th goal of the season.
The Wolves opened up a 3-1 lead in the third with goals one minute apart from Danny Desrochers and Nick Baptiste. However, a young Ottawa team didn’t fold with back to back power-play goals tying the game at 3.
The Wolves would re-take the lead with a goal from Nathan Pancel at 18:18, but again the 67’s came back and with the goalie on the bench they scored on a goal-mouth scramble at 19:29 to even things at 4.
Fixter said the game never should have gotten to overtime.
“I think what bothers the staff is the bad penalties that put us down. We have to be smarter than that.”
Going into the game the Wolves penalty kill was ranked 19th in the league and Fixter knows it has to get better.
“Our penalty kill is a work in progress. There are a lot of penalties in the league and our PK has to be a lot better.
Both teams had chances in overtime but both Wolves goalie Franky Palazzese and Ottawa’s Philippe Trudeau came up with big stops. Nick Baptiste was the only Wolf to score in the shoot-out with Brendan Bell and Travis Konecny finding net for the 67’s.
The Wolves season record is now 3-2-3-1 good for 10 points after nine games with seven of those games on the road.
Danny Desrochers’s second period goal was his first of the season.
“It feels great. I’m battling hard and it was a good play and I was able to capitalize on that...it felt good,” he said.
“We really wanted the two points coming off Friday’s game. I feel like the boys battled, but we have to stay disciplined...that’s what it takes to win. I think we need to bare down in those tight games and we need to get better in our defensive zone.”
- The Wolves out-shot the 67’s 52 to 44.
- Sudbury was 0 for 2 on the power-play while Ottawa was 2 for 3.
-Wolves scratches were David Eccles (healthy), Nathan Cull (upper body), Dominik Kahun (upper body), David Zeppieri (healthy), Brody Silk (upper body).
- 3 Stars: (1) Joseph Blandisi (OTT) (2) Nick Baptiste (SUD) (3) Travis Konecny (OTT).