DARRYL KNIGHT Special to The Standard
The Central Ontario Wolves continue to sit in first place in the ETA East Division with a 5-2-2 record, but will be looking to get back to their winning ways following a 1-1-1 split in last week’s ETA action.
The Wolves opened a busy stretch a week ago, with a 5-2 victory over the North Central Predators, on home ice at Scugog Arena. Uxbridge's Troy Bowditch paced the Wolves with a pair of goals, with singles credited to Patrick Goan, James White and Justin Yakimishyn. Tyler Masternak made several sensational saves in net, when the Predators tried to claw their way back into the match-up.
In their next game, the Wolves settled for a 2-2 tie against the Ajax-Pickering Raiders, in a rare Thursday night game, at Scugog Arena.
The Wolves roared out of the gate, looking to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign, on home ice. First period goals by, Flint Firebirds’ draft choice, Owen Smith, and Bowditch, propelled Central Ontario to a two-goal lead, at the first intermission.
However, the Raiders would take advantage of opportunities, with goals in the second and third to tie the game. Despite Uxbridge's Darcy Haupt submitting sensational fore-checking, leading to some great chances late, the Wolves could not solve the Raiders goal-tending. And at the other end of the ice, Creed Jones continued his strong start to the season, with some timely stops to guarantee not a single point for the Wolves.
On Sunday afternoon, the Wolves wrapped up their Thanksgiving stretch with a trip to Markham, and a hard-luck 3-0 loss to the undefeated Waxers, who are jockeying for position atop the ETA’s West Division with the Raiders. Strong defensive play in the first, including some outstanding plays by Uxbridge's Ben Addison and Blackstock's Josh Anderson, coupled with outstanding saves from Masternak, kept the game scoreless through the first period. But that would be as close as Central Ontario would get, with Markham netting a single, early in the second and a pair of third period goals to take the two points, making it three to nothing.
Following the Tuesday, Oct. 11th match-up, against the Quinte Red Devils (after our deadline), the Wolves will have a brief break from ETA competition, returning to Scugog Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 25th, when they take on the Kingston Jr. Frontenacs, at 7 p.m.
There are no gate fees for the Wolves' and they provide the most affordable family entertainment in North Durham, with the number-eight ranked team in the country, bringing elite 'AAA' to the community.
Bring the whole family and pack the barn on Oct. 25th!
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