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12/29/2016: NIPISSING - 2 @ LAKEHEAD - 4

LAKEHEAD DEFEATS NIPISSING 4-2

John Payetta
Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Lakehead Thunderwolves jumped on the Nipissing Lakers early and skated away with a 4-2 victory in front of 1880 fans at the Fort William Gardens on Thursday night.

Justin Sefton fired the puck past Lakers’ goalie Dominec Graham 5:10 into the game to open the scoring, with Billy Jenkins and Grant Valiquette getting the assists.

Dylan Butler converted on wrist shot from close range to put the Wolves up 2-0 at 13:43 of the first period, with the helpers going to Patrick Murphy and Dillon Donnelly.

Brennen Dubchak got the only goal of the second period an unassisted effort at the 3:25 mark to give Lakehead a 3-0 lead heading into the third.

Nipissing’s Taylor Davis broke Lakehead goalie Devin Green’s shutout bid at 3:49 of the final frame, and then Erik Robichaud finished off a two-on-one play at 11:22, cutting the Wolves’ lead to 3-2.

Murphy buried a wrister from a sharp angle two minutes later on a Lakehead power play after a nice set-up by Kelin Ainsworth and Cody Alcock to restore the Wolves’ two-goal cushion.

For the night, Lakehead went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Nipissing was 0-for-5.

Total shots on goal were 35-27 in favor of the Thunderwolves.

The Molson three stars of the game were:

1. Patrick Murphy, Lakehead
2. Devin Green, Lakehead
3. Justin Sefton, Lakehead

The Wolves and Lakers will face off again tomorrow night at the Fort William Gardens beginning at 7:00 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY
PERIOD 1:
1. 05:10 Lakehead, Justin Sefton (Grant Valiquette, Billy Jenkins) 2. 13:43 Lakehead, Dylan Butler (Patrick Murphy, Dillon Donnelly)
Penalties: 14:32 Lakehead, Matt Alexander (TR)16:56 Nipissing, Staples (BRD)
PERIOD 2:
3. 03:25 Lakehead, Brennen Dubchak (unassisted)
Penalties: 13:04 Lakehead, Linden Springer (RO)19:51 Lakehead, Linden Springer (TR)
PERIOD 3:
4. 03:49 Nipissing, Davis (Glass , Staples ) 5. 11:22 Nipissing, Robichaud (Davis ) 6. 13:27 Lakehead, Patrick Murphy (Cody Alcock, Kelin Ainsworth) PP
Penalties: 06:08 Lakehead, Matt Alexander (CC)09:07 Nipissing, Mitchell (SL)12:15 Nipissing, Mitchell (RO)
Lakehead: Devin Green, 25 saves made, 2 goals against.Nipissing: Graham, 31 saves made, 4 goals against.Referees: B.Prete (referee), B.Prete, B.Prete,