There's no taking away from the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves — this is one resilient bunch of midget AAA hockey players.
After dropping the opening game of the 2014 Central Region Midget AAA Hockey Championships in Markham, the team rebounded in a must-win game on Tuesday. The Wolves doubled the London Jr. Knights 4-2 as Sudbury received goals from four different sources and a second straight strong effort between the pipes, this time from Mackenzie Savard.
Anthony Pelletier (power play), Bradley Sutton, Jacob Leore and Owen Fransen (empty net) handled the scoring for the Caps, with Savard earning game star accolades in net.
The win evened the Sudbury record at 1-1 following a 3-1 loss on Monday at the hands of the Toronto Young Nationals. Sutton broke the ice offensively in the tournament for coach Peter Michelutti Jr. and company, netting his first of the week, while goaltender Mathieu Kingsley picked up game MVP honours, helping keep the NOHA representatives in the game.
Needing to finish in the top four (of six) in order to secure a berth in the semifinals, the Nickel Capital Wolves are in tough on tonight, facing the undefeated Ajax-Pickering Raiders at 7:45 p.m.
The team will close out round-robin play with games against the host Markham Waxers (Thursday) and Ottawa Senators (Friday), with the gold-medal encounter set for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Markham Centennial Arena.
Following is a recap of the game scores to date:
Monday, March 31 (Day 1)
Toronto Young Nationals 3 Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 1
Ajax-Pickering Raiders 4 Ottawa Senators 1
Markham Waxers 6 London Jr. Knights 1
Tuesday, April 1 (Day 2)
Ajax-Pickering Raiders 8 Toronto Young Nationals 3
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 4 London Jr. Knights 2
Markham Waxers 8 Ottawa Senators 4