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12/29/2015: GUELPH - 2 @ LAKEHEAD - 4

WOLVES DEFEAT GUELPH 4-2

John Payetta
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Lakehead Thunderwolves defeated the defending Queen’s Cup champion Guelph Gryphons 4-2 in the first game of the Save on Energy Christmas Challenge before 2022 fans at the Fort William Gardens Tuesday night.

Guelph struck first when Tryg Strand beat Lakehead goalie Devin Green on the blocker side to finish off an odd-man rush just 3:17 into the game.

Brennen Dubchak replied for Lakehead with a nice shot that eluded Gryphons’ netminder Andrew D’Agostini at 13:58 of the first, with Garick Gary and E.J. Faust getting the assists.

Faust put the Wolves up 2-1 late in the second period after getting off a shot from the slot just before he was knocked down by a Guelph defender.  Brennen and Carson Dubchak were credited with the helpers.

The Gryphons knotted the score at 2-2 on a goal by Trevor Morbeck 6:01 into the third, but a checking from behind penalty plus a ten-minute misconduct by Kyle Neuber gave Lakehead a five-minute power play late in the contest.

Cody Alcock capitalized on the opportunity with a blast from the slot that beat D’Agostini on the glove side to give the Wolves a 3-2 lead at the 16:02 mark.

Alcock added another two minutes later with the Wolves still on the power play with a one-timer off a nice feed from Billy Jenkins, with Jay Gilbert getting the second assist.

Shots on goal for the night were 36-28 for Lakehead.

The Molson Three Stars of the game were:

1. Cody Alcock, Lakehead
2. Brennen Dubchak, Lakehead
3. Devin Green, Lakehead

Lakehead will look to continue its winning ways tomorrow night when the two teams hit the ice again at 7:00 PM in the second game of the Save on Energy Christmas Challenge presented by Thunder Bay Hydro.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1:
1. 03:17 Guelph, Strand (Gilbert ) 2. 13:58 Lakehead, Brennen Dubchak (Garick Gray, E.J. Faust)
Penalties: 08:13 Lakehead, Carson Dubchak (CTH/10 Min Misc)11:54 Guelph, Gilbert (HKG)
PERIOD 2:
3. 17:43 Lakehead, E.J. Faust (Brennen Dubchak, Carson Dubchak)
Penalties: 11:34 Guelph, Raycroft (TR)13:15 Lakehead, Devin Green (RO)15:35 Guelph, Gilbert (RO)
PERIOD 3:
4. 06:01 Guelph, Morbeck (Fabbi , Robertson ) 5. 16:02 Lakehead, Cody Alcock (Tyler Anton) PP 6. 18:18 Lakehead, Cody Alcock (Billy Jenkins, Jay Gilbert) PP
Penalties: 03:51 Lakehead, Trevor Hynnes (TR)13:20 Guelph, Neuber (CFB 5(Min)/GM)
Lakehead: Devin Green, 26 saves made, 2 goals against.Guelph: DAgostini, 32 saves made, 4 goals against.Referees: N.Black, A.Blando (referee), K.Kuluski, B.Prete,