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1/30/2015: GUELPH - 2 @ LAKEHEAD - 8

WOLVES CRUSH GRYPHONS

John Payetta
Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Lakehead Thunderwolves crushed the Guelph Gryphons 8-2 in an OUA West Division showdown before 2614 fans at the Fort William Gardens on Friday night.

With the playoff race in the division as close as it is, the Wolves jumped from tenth place to start the night into a tie for sixth place by the time the game was over.

E.J. Faust staked the Thunderwolves to an early lead when he found the twine just 2:38 into the game, and Mike Hammond fired a hard wrist shot past Guelph goalie Andrew D’Agostini with Lakehead on the power play at the 6:24 mark.

Keith Grondin extended the Wolves’ lead to 3-0 with another power play goal at 6:56 of the second period, but Guelph’s Robert DeFulviis replied 20 seconds later when he flipped the puck over the shoulder of Lakehead netminder Jeff Bosch.

Carson Dubchak restored the Wolves’ three-goal lead at 8:38 when he converted on a nice pass from his brother Brennen, who wound up collecting three assists on the night.

Jake Wright made it 5-1 for Lakehead just over a minute later while the Wolves once again had the man-advantage, chasing D’Agostini from the Gryphons’ goal where he was replaced by Keith Hamilton.

Hamilton didn’t fare much better as the Lakehead deluge continued, and Carson Dubchak scored his second goal of the game at 10:59 to give the Wolves a 6-1 lead.

Guelph’s Mark Raycroft slipped the puck by Bosch from a sharp angle at 13:59 to narrow the gap to 6-2 heading into the third.

Lakehead added to its total just 32 seconds into the final frame when Hammond converted on a fast-rising shot, and then Kelin Ainsworth finished the scoring at 9:48 with a short-handed goal after he broke in alone and beat Hamilton with a backhand through the five-hole.

The Molson Three Stars of the game were:
1. Carson Dubchak, Lakehead
2. Brennen Dubchak, Lakehead
3. Mike Hammond, Lakehead

Lakehead will look to strengthen its tenuous hold on a playoff spot when the two teams square off again at the Fort William Gardens tomorrow night.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1:
1. 02:38 Lakehead, E.J. Faust (Mitch Fillman, Brennen Dubchak) 2. 06:24 Lakehead, Mike Hammond (Nathan Bruyere, Keith Grondin) PP
Penalties: 04:39 Guelph, Burns (HLD)08:28 Lakehead, Nathan Cull (RO)
PERIOD 2:
3. 06:56 Lakehead, Keith Grondin (Mike Hammond, Jake Wright) PP 4. 07:46 Guelph, DeFulviis (Neuber , Amestry ) 5. 08:38 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (Brennen Dubchak, Luke Maw) 6. 09:44 Lakehead, Jake Wright (Nathan Bruyere, Mitch Fillman) PP 7. 10:59 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (Brennen Dubchak, Mike Quesnele) 8. 13:59 Guelph, Raycroft (Amestoy , DeFulviis )
Penalties: 05:40 Guelph, Huard (HS)09:20 Guelph, Simmonds (INT)17:38 Guelph, Swenson (RO)17:38 Guelph, Huard (SPR(4Min))17:38 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (RO)17:38 Lakehead, Justin Sefton (RO)
PERIOD 3:
9. 00:32 Lakehead, Mike Hammond (Keith Grondin, Jake Wright) 10. 09:48 Lakehead, Kelin Ainsworth (unassisted) SH
Penalties: 06:34 Guelph, DeFulviis (10 Min Misc)06:34 Guelph, Neuber (G-INT/RO/10 Min Misc)06:34 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (RO/10 Min Misc)06:34 Lakehead, Mike Quesnele (10 Min Misc )07:50 Lakehead, Keith Grondin (SL)07:50 Lakehead, Jake Carrick (10 Min Misc )12:53 Lakehead, David Quesnele (SL)12:57 Lakehead, Kelin Ainsworth (RO)13:34 Guelph, Trecapelli (SL)18:28 Guelph, DeFulviis (HS)
Lakehead: Jeff Bosch, 37 saves made, 2 goals against.Guelph: DAgostini, 19 saves made, 5 goals against.Guelph: Hamilton, 13 saves made, 3 goals against.Referees: E.Vastamaki, S.Wrigley (referee), J.Fitzgerald, B.Prete,