Troops come back against Wolves again

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Cam Dineen scored two goals, including the winner at 3:15 of overtime, and added two assists as the North Bay Battalion rallied to defeat the Sudbury Wolves 6-5 in the only Ontario Hockey League game Wednesday night.

Luke Burghardt and Adam Thilander each had one goal and one assist and Luke Moncada and Brad Chenier also scored for North Bay, which twice overcame three-goal deficits to win 6-5 at Sudbury on Sunday. The Battalion has started a season with three straight wins for the fourth time in its 20-year history, having last done it in 2004-05.

Goaltender Mat Woroniuk faced 32 shots in his first start of the season before 2,294 at Memorial Gardens who saw the Troops come back from a 5-3 third-period deficit in the second game of the home-and-home set.

Blake Murray scored three goals for Sudbury, which got single goals from Shane Bulitka and Troy Lajeunesse. Goaltender Marshall Frappier made 31 saves in his first OHL start.

“We had some peaks and valleys in the game,” said Battalion coach Stan Butler. “Both teams at times owned the game, and at times the other team took it away from them. It was a funny game. When it was 5-3, you could see on the bench that as a group they were confident they could win. You have to find different ways to win games, and this season we’ve won three games and won them three different ways. ”

Murray gave Sudbury a 4-3 lead at 3:08 of the third period, converting a Dmitry Sokolov pass past a sprawling Woroniuk from the right-wing circle. Murray struck again on the power play at 5:06, steering a Kyle Rhodes feed home from the left lip of the crease.

North Bay sent the game to overtime with two goals 2:19 apart, starting with Chenier’s first of the season at 13:34 when he stuffed the rebound of a Kyle Potts shot under Frappier. Andy Baker earned the second assist. Defenceman Thilander tied it on the power play at 15:53, finishing off a Burghardt feed.

The teams traded chances in a frenetic overtime frame, with Dineen ending it when he rushed into Sudbury territory and, using Cole Candella to screen Frappier, beat the goaltender to the blocker side from the high slot. It was defenceman Dineen’s third goal of the season.

Bulitka was credited with the opening goal, at 6:36 of the first period, when his pass from the left-wing corner glanced off the skate of defender Riley Bruce.

A delayed Sudbury penalty was pending when Moncada struck at 19:47. Adam McMaster raced into Sudbury territory and dropped the puck to a trailing Moncada, who snapped a wrister over Frappier’s glove. Dineen also assisted on Moncada’s second goal.

Burghardt scored at 11:33 of the second period, swatting the puck past Frappier after Justin Brazeau’s pass deflected off Sudbury’s David Levin in the deep slot. The goal was the league-leading sixth of the season for Burghardt, who also has two assists for a league-high eight points in three games.

The Troops capitalized on a two-man advantage at 13:28 when Dineen took a pass from Thilander and ripped the puck over Frappier’s blocker from the inner edge of the right circle. Daniil Vertiy earned the second assist.

Sudbury pulled into a tie with power-play goals 1:55 apart. Murray connected at 17:47, firing a Zack Malik feed past Woroniuk from the right circle, and Lajeunesse scored at 19:42, rushing to the left side of the net to convert a pass from Michael Pezzetta.

North Bay outshot the visitors 18-13 in the period, with Frappier facing tough chances from Vertiy, Potts, Alex Robert and Jacob Ball. Woroniuk parried a drive by Owen Gilhula in the 11th minute after he emerged from the penalty box and was sent off on a breakaway by Lajeunesse.

The Battalion plays host to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at 7 p.m. Friday.

BATTALION BULLETS: Dineen, a Toms River, N.J., native who was an 11th-round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, played his 100th OHL game … The Battalion went 2-for-4 on the power play. Sudbury was 3-for-4 … Opening lines featured Burghardt centring left winger Chenier and right winger Brazeau, McMaster pivoting left winger Moncada and right winger Brandon Coe and Potts centring left winger Vertiy and right winger Robert. Ball centred left winger Daniel Walker and right winger Baker … Defence pairings saw Dineen with Bruce, Jesse Saban with Thilander and Eric Allair with Brady Lyle … The Battalion was without Travis Mailhot, Simon Rose, Rhys Forhan, Brett McKenzie, Kurtis Evans and Patrick Brown … Forhan served the second game of a three-game suspension issued for a major for checking from behind on the visiting Barrie Colts’ Kade Landry last Friday night … Ball returned to action after suffering a charley horse in the Barrie game and sitting out Sunday … Sudbury’s Darian Pilon completed a two-game suspension following a match penalty for slew-footing against the visiting Oshawa Generals last Friday night … The Wolves acquired overage centre Lajeunesse, a member of the Dokis First Nation, in a trade Monday with the Sarnia Sting, giving up a fourth-round pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection … The referees were Ryan Harrison and Len Wood.

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