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Petes Top Wolves To Sweep Back to Back to Back Games
Kenneth Andersen & Jess Van Staalduinen

The Petes stepped onto the ice Saturday afternoon determined to finish off their back to back to back games with a win.

Sudbury entered the game with speed, determined to prevent the hometown boys from completing their sweep. The Wolves were the first team of the night to make the game sheet as Tabak took a slashing penalty at 3:36.

Although there was some beautiful passing between Pavel Gogolev, Chris Paquette and Zach Gallant during the power play, nothing was generated into a goal, however, it did start a series of brilliant cycles for the Petes. Logan DeNoble and Jonathan Ang made some swift passes across the crease, forcing Sudbury goaltender Marshall Frappier to stand on his head. His luck ran out when Matyas Svoboda tucked his first of the season past his pads. 

A slashing penalty by Nick Robertson at 9:55 forced the Electric City Kids to play with a man down, however, the penalty kill quickly turned into 4 on 4 hockey when Cole Candella took a hooking penalty at 10:55.

Paquette almost put the Petes on the scoreboard for the second time of the night, but his penalty shot was denied by Frappier.

Nonetheless, DeNoble was able to make use of the man advantage, turning an Ang shot off the point into a tip-in goal. Sudbury kept the pressure on afterward, resulting in a goal for the visitors via a clean shot from Rhodes, who put it past Wells and put the Wolves on the scoreboard for the first time.

The Wolves came flying into the second period with a lot more physical play, and were rewarded when Rhodes got his second of the night at 3:33, tying the game up at 2.

Special teams saw lots of ice time at 7:58 following a five minute major by Malik for checking from behind. This evolved into two 5 on 3s in favour of the Petes following penalties by O’Grady for delay of game at 10:25 and Sokolov for high sticking at 13:53. Robertson tallied his second goal of his OHL career on the first of the two man advantages at 10:57, returning the lead to the Petes.

A rush by Sokolov late in the second left the Petes a little weary, however, a big save from Wells produced a rush and one-timing goal from Gogolev sitting just to the side of the net. 

The third period started with a penalty for the Wolves when Pilon sat in the sin bit at 1:50 for high sticking. The Petes were unable to snag a goal while having an extra man on the ice, but seconds after Korostelev sniped a shot over Frappier’s shoulder, giving the Petes their fifth of the evening. The play continued to flow between both ends, with the Petes appearing to have the extra edge the entire time.

Alex Black clinched his first goal of the season at 8:10, confirming the lead for the Petes. Sokolov got his sixth of the season and the Wolves’ third of the night, but the hometown boys were able to secure the win for their final game of the weekend.

First Star: DeNoble (28)

Second Star: Gogolev (17)

Third Star: Rhodes (3)

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The Petes begin a three game road series against the Windsor Spitfires on October 19 at 7:05, followed by games in Flint on October 21 and Saginaw on October 22.

The men in maroon head back to the PMC Thursday, October 26 to play the Saginaw Spirit at 7:05 pm. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online, or by at phone at (705) 743-3561.

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