Losing streak stretches to six for Wolves
By Darren Lum
Finding wins in the new year is proving elusive for the Haliburton Wolves.
Like any team sport, the competition doesn’t care whether you’re the new kid on the block or suffering from a rash of injuries or a season-long bout of acquiring suspensions.
Last Thursday, the Wolves were looking for its eighth win in its inaugural season and a chance to get closer to North division’s Sturgeon Falls, who are seven points ahead in seventh place.
The Bracebridge Blues (15-16-3) had other ideas, as it jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against the visiting Wolves. They didn’t let up, adding five more goals the rest of the way to cruise to an 8-1.
Wolves forward James Kilgore, who leads the team in scoring with 37 points (18 goals and 19 assists) in 30 games played, scored the team’s only goal from captain Nick Hunter in the 8-1 loss.
The last time the team tasted victory was back on Jan. 3 at Bobcaygeon, beating the Storm 7-6.
The team not only lost on the scoreboard, but have lost defenceman Jacob Bishop and players Jayden Southwind and Braydin Hollows to suspension. They were given a game misconduct penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and will serve them this week on Thursday.
The following players are on injured reserve and listed day-to-day: Ryan Hunter (shoulder), Connor Sikma (concussion) and Jonah Lillis (shoulder).
Haliburton (7-28-0) welcomes the (5-27-0) Coldwater Falcons this week on Thursday at the A.J. LaRue. Although the two teams have similar records, the Falcons had a three game win streak (just before its Parry Sound game on Jan. 25). That streak, coincidently, was started against the Wolves in Haliburton with a 9-6 win on Jan. 10. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.