Tough tournament draw pays off for Peewee Wolves
by Randy Pascal
The payoff from a demanding tournament schedule would come just days later in regular season play for the Sudbury Major Peewee "AAA" Wolves.
Two weekends ago, coach Jeff Forsyth and his team were in Peterborough, site of the 2017 Boston Pizza Icefest. A total of ten teams would
take part, with the Upper Canada Cyclones edging the Rochester Monarchs 3-2 in the final.
As luck would have it, the entire quartet of the final four semi-finalists would join the Wolves in Pool "B" for round robin play. The locals opened with
a 6-3 loss to the Monarchs, and dropped a tight 3-1 decision to the Guelph Jr Gryphons in game two.
The Sudbury crew proved more than competitive, edged 4-3 by the Upper Canada championship squad before taking it on the chin with a lopsided loss to
the Quinte Red Devils.
Not about to hang their heads, the team picked up a nice win for the road in their consolation finale, trimming the North Central Predators 2-1.
The momentum from that triumph carried into the week, as Sudbury recorded a big 1-0 win over the Nickel City Major Peewee "AAA" Sons in NOHL (Northern
Ontario "AAA" Hockey League) action last Thursday at the Carmichael Arena.
A second period tally from Rylan Forsyth would stand as the game winning goal, with Jack Campbell coming up big between the pipes, turning aside
26 shots for the shutout. Logan Carr successfully stopped 18 of the 19 pucks directed his way at the other end of the rink.
With Jet Bertrand (injury) and Sam McCue (suspension) still out of the lineup, the Wolves summoned forwards Jake Harry and Atom
Thususka from the Sudbury Minor Peewees for the encounter.
The Major Peewee "AAA" Wolves are back on the ice Friday morning at 9:45 a.m., kicking off their participation in the Big Nickel Hockey Tournament
opposite the North Central Predators, once again.
Preliminary round play will also include matchups with the Richmond Hill Coyotes (Friday - 5:00 p.m.), North York Rangers (Saturday - 9:30
a.m.) and Soo Jr Greyhounds (Saturday - 5:15 p.m.).
Also taking part in the Big Nickel, the Timmins Major Peewee "AAA" North Stars continued to show they belong, losing close games to both the
Mississauga Senators (1-0) and Peterborough Petes (5-3), blanking North Central 1-0, and remaining in the mix with setbacks to the Ottawa
Valley Titans (3-1) and Quinte Red Devils (3-2).