Wolves maul visiting Blues
By Elijah Shark
On Thursday night the Haliburton Wolves hit the ice at the A.J.LaRue Arena to face the Bracebridge Blues. Coming off a devastating loss to the Bradford bulls the night before (11-3) and losing their captain to a 20 game suspension, The Wolves banded together to give their loyal fans an exciting game.
Wolves forward Ivan Tamaskovic of Slovakia opened the scoring in the first period (assist Nick Hunter, Justin Carchia) and would manage to pot another in the second (assist Carchia). But it was Tanner Hamilton of Minden to steal the show with four goals, scoring two in the first (assist Ryan Salazar, Curtis Ballantyne) (Ballantyne, Stewart Chaulk), once in the second (assist Ryan Salazar) and then once again in the third on an empty net goal to seal the win for the Wolves 6-3. Shorthanded the Wolves had to work even harder as a team and did so in swinging fashion with everyone on the ice working towards the common goal of winning.
Showing much restraint when it came to altercations after the whistle, the Wolves were able to score three times on the power play. Haliburton Wolves goaltender Motoki Watanabe of Japan stopped 49 of 53 shots in the win keeping his team in the game when the Blues tried to capitalize.
The Wolves lost 4-2 this past Friday against the Titans of Temiscamng in Quebec. Wolves goalie Watanabe was steller, earning the second star, stopping 51 shots in the loss.
The next Haliburton Wolves home game is Thursday, Oct. 8 at the A.J. LaRue Arena when they face the Parry Sound Islanders at 7:30 p.m.