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Thursday, May. 24, 2018
Pre-season action and another local OHL signing
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury Minor Bantam "AA" Wolves received two goal efforts from both Ethan Rose and Ben Harris, and solo tallies from Cole Goudreau and Keenan Castle, doubling the Sudbury Major Peewee "AAA" Wolves 6-3 in exhibition play last week.

Rylan Forsyth, Sam McCue and Christian Munch replied in a losing cause for the Peewees, who are gearing up for the NOHL (Northern Ontario "AAA" Hockey League) Showcase in mid-September.

More of a playmaker by nature, Rose utilized a fairly tried and true strategy in finding a way to light the lamp. "I was crashing the net, going hard to the net and getting those rebounds," he said. "I thought it went very well, it felt good out there."

With a handful of practices already in the books, Rose and his teammates now had to alter their game plan as the intensity of head to head on-ice combat kicked in. "It's getting used to people coming and attacking you," suggested the grade eight student at Carl A. Nesbitt Public School.

"When you practice, you're going easy, because no one is on you. But in a game, you're not used to people attacking you yet in the first game." The Bantams outshot the Peewees 33-23, as Alex St Amour and Hunter Werbowsky recorded the win between the pipes, while Jack Campbell and Andrew Marois split the netminding duties for the "AAA" youngsters.

The first local minor hockey league play is set for next Sunday, September 10th, when the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves play host to the New Liskeard Cubs in Great North Midget League action at 3:00 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

Still with SMHA news, congratulations go out to forward and Sudbury native Brett Jacklin, who has signed on with the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds following a very impressive showing at his second OHL training camp last week.

Jacklin, who toiled with the Elliot Lake Wildcats of the NOJHL one year ago, joins a solid group of 2000-born talent that competed in the Minor Midget "AAA" ranks two years ago. He is likely to cross paths, this year, with former teammates Damien Giroux, Billy Moskal, Chad Denault and potentially goaltender Cameron Lamour in OHL play this winter.

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