Pictured is Sault’s import pick from this past June Sergey Tolchinsky. He has performed very well for his team with 9 points in 10 games – 4 powerplay goals.
Sudbury at Sault Ste Marie
Sudbury comes into this game with 5 wins and 5 losses tied for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Their last game (Saturday) was a 2-1 loss vs. the red hot Barrie Colts. In their last 2 games, the Wolves have scored once each game – leading to a 1/10 powerplay ration. Sudbury’s goaltender Joel Vienneau seems to be back into good form as demonstrated by this 37 save performance. Top scorers for the Wolves this season are Joshua Leivo and Nathan Pancel with 9 points each. Kantor has 8 points and Corrado has 7. Brody Silk has the most PIM on the team (17). After this game the Wolves have a 2 game home stand vs. the tough Belleville Bulls and the London Knights.
Sault Ste Marie is in second place in the Western Conference due to their top spot in the West Division. Their record of 6 wins and 4 losses is only one point better than Sarnia and Windsor. On last weekend’s road trip they would drop a high scoring 7-4 game to the upstart Windsor Spitfires, defeat Plymouth 3-2 and then finish things up with a soon forgettable 13 shot 3-1 loss at Sarnia. Rookie Justin Nichols was left out to dry with the 42 shots that he was peppered with (and stopped 39).
Nick Cousins is leading the way for the offence this season with 6 goals and 6 assists. In his 210 career games he has amassed 204 points and 190 PIM. After this match the Greyhounds will also host the Belleville Bulls and then finish the weekend when they host the Guelph Storm on Sunday afternoon.
My prediction Sudbury 2 Sault Ste Marie 4