Troops rout toothless Wolves | The Daily Press

Troops rout toothless Wolves | The Daily Press

Breadcrumb Trail Links Sports Local Sports Ice Hockey Evan Konyen of the Sudbury Wolves and Kyle Jackson of visiting battalion North Bay Battalion compete for the puck in the Ontario Hockey League on Wednesday night. The troops host the Mississauga Steelheads Thursday night. Photo by Sean Ryan Summary of the article

SUDBURY, Ont. – Dalyn Wakely scored twice and Matvey Petrov had one goal and three assists, leading the North Bay Battalion to a 5-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves and a tie with the Ottawa 67 at the top of the Ontario Hockey League on Wednesday night.

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Kyle Jackson provided a goal and two assists and Jacob Therrien the other for North Bay, who improved their record of 33-12-2 and 68 points for first in the Central Division to 33-12-2. Ottawa, with two games in hand, is first in the East Division, the other half of the Eastern Conference.

Nikita Tarasevich had three assists and goalkeeper Dom DiVincentiis contributed 22 saves, including a penalty by Alex Pharand in the second period.

Petrov has 61 career goals, surpassing Lukas Havel by one, which is the most significant in franchise history. Petrov, who eclipsed Havel in points two games earlier, was the pick of the 2020 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft from Russia.

Ryan Oulahen has coached the battalion in 150 games with a record of 89-48-13 for a .637 point percentage.

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Ethan Larmand scored 42 for Sudbury 18-21-6 and finished fourth in the Central. Goalkeeper Kevyn Brassard had to fire 34 shots in front of 3,017 spectators.

The teams had added more regulars to the ranks of the missing. The Troops’ Pasquale Zito suffered a lower body injury in Sunday night’s 4-0 loss to hosts Oshawa Generals. Sudbury’s David Goyette was serving the second game of a four-game suspension imposed after he received a head-checking major battling major and misconduct in a 4-3 away loss to the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday night.

Wakely batted first at 2:23 of the opening period, throwing the puck past Brassard off the lip of the crease. Tarasevich and Petrov had assists. Jackson then won a pass down the right flank directly against Therrien on the inside edge of the circle and wired the puck into the far post at 5:40 for his fourth goal of the season.

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Petrov drilled his 21st goal from the high slot to stickside at 2:27 of middle period after assists from Tarasevich and Jackson, and Wakely took a short build-up from Petrov in the goal mouth and shoved the puck past Brassard at 19:27 for a 4-0 -Guide. Tarasevich had the other assist as Wakely scored his 22nd goal, two more than last season.

Larmand responded 14 seconds later, scoring with a high shot from a charge from the left circle.

DiVincentiis saved Pharand by 3:32 on penalties. Pharand was stopped from splitting the defense by Avery Winslow, but DiVincentiis took a shoulder on the subsequent untimed shot.

The third period devolved into a series of penalty shoot-outs as the frustrated and always perky Wolves returned to their usual form. The battalion failed to score on a two-man advantage that lasted a full two minutes and Sudbury was faded out in a shorter such lead.

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North Bay’s Owen Van Steensel and Matthew Mania put up a spirited battle at 8:05, with Van Steensel recovering from an early takedown to deliver a series of clear punches to secure the final takedown and victory.

As the teams ran four-for-four, Jackson collected his team-leading 28th goal at 11:14, catching a high pass from Petrov into the offensive zone to fend off a defender and beat Brassard.

The battalion will host the Mississauga Steelheads on Bruce Power Night Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

BATTALION BULLETS: It was the sixth of eight meetings and the last in Sudbury. The battalion is 5-1-0 after winning road wins 7-4 on November 30 and 2-1 via shootout on January 11 while winning two home games, 7-3 on December 28 and 2-1 on January 22. The Wolves won 3-2 on December 30 at the Sudbury Community Arena. Sudbury was 0-for-6… Aside from Zito, the battalion scraped Tnias Mathurin, Brayden Turley, Justin Ertel, Liam Arnsby and Luc Brzustowski… Chase MacQueen-Spence rose from the Junior B St. Marys Lincolns of Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, for which he has 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points in 36 games. Fourth in the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs U16s 2021 OHL Priority Selection, he played seven OHL games last season… Charlie Robertson was back in uniform after not recovering since his 4-5 loss in Mississauga on Jan. 20 attracted more. He was a goaltender in the second half of the CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game in Langley, BC on January 25th. Mike McIvor, who assisted DiVincentiis in three games before starting Sunday’s XI, returned to the North Bay Trappers U18s… Sudbury, who decked out 11 forwards and seven defenders, scraped injured Kocha Delic and Quentin Musty.

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