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Minor Bantam Wolves pick up one win in 3-game set

By: Randy Pascal – Playback

 | Dec 17, 2013 - 1:12 PM |
A pair of very good matchups with a head-scratcher sandwiched in the middle summarized the weekend for the Sudbury Minor Bantam AAA Wolves as the team played host to the North Bay Trappers for a three-game set.

Locked in a three-way battle with both North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie in league standings behind the front-running Nickel City Sons, Sudbury kicked things off with a solid 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon as Joseph Cassio scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes to play.

Hunter Chiblow, Patrick Musico and Joel Mongeon also hit the mark for the Wolves, while Mason McMahon countered with a pair for the visitors, and Nick Davis chipped in with the other.

In one of their worst performances of the year, the Minor Bantam Wolves were swamped 8-0 by North Bay in Game 2, surrendering seven goals over the final two periods of play.

Eric Mondoux, Brett Shawana and McMahon scored two goals apiece for the Trappers, with David Dedo and Dylan D'Agostino rounding out the attack. Ben Caldwell recorded the shutout for head coach Guy Blanchard and his crew.

Things were back to the more competitive norm on Sunday morning as North Bay spotted Sudbury a 2-0 first-period lead, but bounced back with three of their own in the middle stanza, holding on for a 3-2 victory.

Tyler Maki and Chiblow got things started for the locals, scoring just 32 seconds apart early in the first period before the Trappers started to find their rhythm.

D'Agostino keyed the comeback with a power-play marker at 2:53 of the second period, with McMahon and Davis capping off the rally, both beating Sudbury's Allisa Hitchen in the final 2:54 of the frame.

North Bay netminder Drew Joyal settled down nicely after the early goals, finishing with a 30-save performance while Hitchen turned aside 23 of the 26 shots she faced.

The Sudbury Minor Bantams close off the 2013 portion of their schedule this coming weekend with a trip to Sault Ste. Marie. Closer to home, the Sudbury Major Wolves welcome the Soo to town, while the Nickel City Major Bantam Sons face North Bay for three games in Levack.

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