Wolves down Shallow Lake in overtime

Posted: October 13, 2012 in News and notes

Special teams played a huge role in the Wolves’ 4-3, come-from-behind, overtime win against the Shallow Lake Crushers on Friday night. The game was sponsored by Kincardine Home Hardware.

Captain Jeremy McQuillin tucked a snap shot under the crossbar for the overtime winner on the powerplay to give the Wolves their second win to start the WOAA Sr. A season, after a third period charge that saw the home team tie the game twice to force overtime.

The Wolves carried the play in the first period but it remained scoreless thanks to some outstanding goaltending in the Crushers end, while Kurt Edwards answered the bell in Ripley’s net when called upon. The pace picked up in the second as the parade of Wolves to the penalty box began. Although none of the penalties could be considered dirty, the Wolves couldn’t stay in the good books of the referee and gave up two shorthanded goals.

Nick Locking got the Wolves within one with a marker late in the second from Kyle Gallant and McQuillin, setting up a wild third period. The ‘Cub Line’ knotted the score at two when rookie Paul Stewart found the twine through a maze of legs, with assists going to fellow rookie Ryan Armstrong and second-year player Derek Regier. This line of youngsters, who played a regular shift all night and caused the Crushers fits in their own end, is a testament to the depth the Wolves have this year on offense, their best in the decade since the team returned to the league.

The Crushers regained the lead on another powerplay soon after, but McQuillin tied the game at threes with a handful of minutes left, from Travis VanGaver and Gallant (although it looked like VanGaver’s goal). With much of the even-strength play in Shallow Lake’s end, Edwards wasn’t overly busy in the third, but made the necessary saves to give his offense a chance to come back.

Although they continued to pressure the Crushers late in the period, the Wolves couldn’t find the back of the net, and a five-minute overtime was needed. With a Crushers player off for a nasty high stick to the head of Wolves forward Shea Armstrong, McQuillin won the game for the Wolves with a wicked shot under the crossbar after his first attempt at the net was blocked. Assists went to VanGaver and newcomer Tyler deVos, who adds a definite spark to the attack with his speed and work ethic.

The Wolves defensive corps also deserves a lot of credit for not only keeping Shallow Lake at bay in their own end, but also forcing the play on offense with crisp first passes, smart pinches and good blueline coverage to keep the pressure in the Crushers’ end.

The Wolves travel to Lucknow on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for a meeting with their cross-township rivals. They return home to host the league champs from Saugeen Shores on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Season passes are available at the door.

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