GAME 3: Whalers Pick Apart Wolves For Their First Win

Posted: October 1, 2012 in 2012-13, Postgame, Whalers
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Whalers defeat the Wolves 6-2.

The Whalers were looking to get their first win of the season on Saturday and they did so with an amazing show of skill. Where last week was a lot of sizzle and little finish, this week against the Wolves, the Whalers proved that they could get the puck to the back of the net in a convincing fashion.

Starting with the first period both teams looked strong, but it was goaltender Matt Mahalak that kept the Whalers in the game. He stopped all 12 Sudbury shots in the first. The only goal of the period came from Mistele as he redirected the puck past Wolves tender Vienneau. Danny Vanderwiel left the game in the first with an injury. Noesen and Aleardi left the game in the first.

The Whalers who dressed only 10 forwards that night, so losing three made the Whalers bench look a little empty. In fact Crombeen and Jones pitched in and played offense for a few shifts after the first period. How did the Whalers take to this? The answer is a four goal explosion in the second to give the Whalers a 5-0 lead. Rakell banked the puck off Vienneau to get his first goal of the season. Wilson then popped in the next two, followed by another goal from Rakell only this one was on a short handed breakaway.

Something happened to the team in the second period… They woke up.

Mahalak’s shutout was broken up by Justin Sefton at the 7:58 mark in the third period. Then Samuel Schutt converted on the power play a little over two minutes later to cut into the Whalers 5-goal lead. Cody Payne gave the Whalers a four goal lead once again just 26 seconds later and gave us our final of 6-2. Mahalak stopped 27 out of 29 shots for his first win of the season. Vienneau gets the loss for Sudbury stopping 14 out of 17 shots in 27:26 of playing time. Dupuis stopped 12 out of 15 for the remainder of the game.

Rakell, Wilson, and Mistele took home the three star honors that night as the Whalers went up to 1-0-1-1 on the season. Next week the Whalers are heading to Guelph (2-2-0-0) on Friday and are hosting Niagara (3-1-0-0) on Saturday.

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