Nickel Caps more than set for rematch with Windsor
by Randy Pascal
The Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves will get another shot at the Windsor Jr Spitfires, heading into the Saturday semi-final showdown at the
2017 Central Region Midget "AAA" Championships in a completely different frame of mind than during their initial match-up.
Where the Great North Midget League champs looked nervous and tentative, especially through the final half of their 7-1 opening night loss to
Windsor back on Monday, the squad now looks up to the challenge of facing the Spits for a second time, with coach Peter Michelutti Jr and his local crew undefeated through
their final four round robin games.
The Wolves closed off that stretch on Friday afternoon with a surprising 2-2 tie with the Mississauga Rebels, backstopped by an impressive 44 save
effort from goaltender Scott Adams.
The local product, who has travelled to Timmins (Bantam "AAA"), Thunder Bay (Minor Midget "AAA") and French River (NOJHL) in order to pursue opportunities
to play in recent years, was added to the Sudbury midget roster early in 2017, only once an injury to Matty Mayhew threatened to sideline the
co-starter for the balance of the 2016-2017 season.
With a spot in the semi-finals already secured heading into game five, Michelutti opted to rest current #1 netminder Alex Vendette, providing Adams
a chance to shine. And that he would do, as goals from teammates Brady Maltais and Brandon Atkins were enough to offset Mississauga markers
from Evan Benwell and Bair Gendunov, as the Rebels outshot the Wolves 46-17.
When the dust settled on Friday, Mississauga remained in top spot with a record of 3-0-2, taking the head to head tie-breaker with a round robin win (4-2)
over the Jr Spitfires (4-1-0). Sudbury nestled into third place (2-1-2), joined in the final four by their GNML rivals, as the North Bay Trappers
picked up a key 4-2 win earlier in the day over the Cornwall Colts, and then watched on pins and needles as Windsor eliminated the Oakville
Rangers with a 2-1 victory.
All of which means that Sudbury will face Windsor at noon on Saturday at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, while North Bay and
Mississauga go toe to toe, beginning at 3:30 p.m.