Sudbury, Ont. – After posting a 7-2 victory over Sudbury earlier this season, the Wolves scored three goals in the first 4:27 of the contest en-route to a 6-1 victory over the Rangers Saturday night. Tomas Hamara (Ottawa Senators) scored the lone goal for Kitchener and Marcus Vandenberg made 29 saves on 35 shots in the game.
Four minutes into the game, Sudbury had a 3-0 lead. Three of Sudbury’s four first shots on goal found their way over the line. Nick DeGrazia got things started 30 seconds into the game on an Andre Anania shot from the right boards deflected through Marcus Vandenberg. Two minutes later, Marc Boudreau stole the puck off Roman Schmidt behind the goal came around behind the other side of the goal and fed Kieran Walton in the slot to score short side. Then at 4:27, Quentin Musty then potted his sixth goal of the campaign on a snapshot from the top of the right circle beating Vandenberg over the glove.
Kitchener pulled one back at 8:18 through a Tomas Hamara (Ottawa Senators) wrist shot that snuck through the glove-arm and body of Joe Ranger. Matthew Sop drove down the middle of the ice and dropped a pass back to Hamara, who fired a shot in from the high slot.
Sudbury then scored again to make it 4-1. A goal that was reviewed for offside but was deemed a good goal by the officials. Ethan Larmand benefited from a Landon McCallum shot that was broken up before the loose puck found his stick. Larmand was able to fire the puck far side past the blocker arm of Vandenberg. The period ended with Sudbury ahead 4-1 and shots favouring the Wolves 12-3.
In the second period, Sudbury’s eighth-overall selection in the 2022 OHL CHL Import draft, Jakub Chromiak, slid down from the point to the slot where a deflected pass was saved by Vandenberg before Chromiak shoveled the rebound over the outstretching Vandenberg. The score after 40 minutes was 5-1 in favour of Sudbury. The Wolves led in shots 24-15.
An insurance goal was added in the third period by Sudbury to extend their lead to 6-1 at the 6:55 mark. Alex Pharand, the OHL leader in shooting percentage scored his ninth goal of the season for Sudbury. The game ended 6-1. Shots favoured the Wolves 35-23.
Kitchener finished the game 0-for-4 on the power-play but was a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. All three stars of tonight’s game were awarded to members of the Sudbury Wolves.
Next up, Kitchener will complete their three-games-in-three-days weekend Sunday afternoon when the Blueshirts face-off against the North Bay Battalion. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m. ET at the North Bay Memorial Gardens. The game will be televised live throughout Kitchener and the Waterloo Region on Rogers TV, cable channel 20, and can be heard live on the radio on CityNews 570 AM CKGL.
Photo Credit: Emmah Cacciotti / Sudbury Wolves
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