Wolves Fall to Lions in Strong Effort

    The Thunderwolves will return home to open the OUA regular season next weekend, taking on the Western Mustangs on Friday night and the Windsor Lancers on Saturday.

    THUNDER BAY – SPORT – Despite outshooting York 51-25, The Lakehead Thunderwolves were downed 5-2 by the Lions in front of 2,247 fans at the Fort William Gardens on a chilly Friday night in Thunder Bay.

    After a scoreless first period, York’s Reid Jackman blew the game wide open with a natural hat trick in the second.

    His first came at the 1:57 mark with a shot that slipped between the pads of Wolves’ netminder Devin Green.  He added another at 8:58, and got his third on a Lions’ power play at 14:42 on a shot the bounced over Green’s blocker and behind him before the puck trickled over the goal line.

    Lakehead’s Tomas Soustal narrowed the gap to 3-1 when he knocked a rebound past York goaltender Mack Shields in the final minute of the period, with Dylan Butler and Sam Schutt getting the assists.

    Scott Feser restored York’s three-goal cushion 5:17 into the third, but Daniel Del Paggio scored after receiving a nice cross-crease pass from Scott Gall to draw the Wolves to within two at 8:37, with Brett Wolframe, also getting a helper.

    Lakehead pulled Green for an extra attacker with about two minutes to go and continued to apply plenty of pressure in the Lions’ zone, but Nick Zottl got an empty-net goal with 1:14 remaining to ice the game for York.

    For the night, the Thunderwolves were 0-for-5 with the man-advantage, while the Lions went 1-for-3.

    The Molson Three Stars of the game were:

    1. Reid Jackman, York
    2. Mack Shields, York
    3. Daniel Del Paggio, Lakehead

    The loss snaps Lakehead’s six-game winning streak, but the Wolves will look to start a new one tomorrow night when they face-off against the Lions again beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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