Wolves Win 2012 World Junior Club Cup
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Throughout the Wolves trip to Russia, forward Nick Baptiste has been asked to blog for nhl.com about his experiences at the Junior World Cup. You can follow his blog here.
Day 13: Sunday August 26th
Today is Championship Sunday and the last game in what has been a great tournament for hte Sudbury Wolves. The team had a light game day skate this morning and will rest up for the final tonight at 7:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. EST).
The Wolves and USHL finalist from 2012, the Waterloo Blackhawks battled today in a close and extremely hard fought game. Both teams came out hard and the first period was full of excitement but neither team could get on the scoreboard in the opening frame. With only one penalty being called against each team in the period it was a fairly wide open affair. It was much the same in the second period as both teams had scoring opportunities but could not capitalize as Joel Vienneau in the Wolves net and Cal Petersen for Waterloo kept opposing shooters at bay through 40 minutes of play.
The game remained scoreless until almost half way through the third period when Josh Leivo had a partial breakaway and made a nice move to beat the US goaltender and open the scoring. Just 35 seconds later Frank Corrado scored on a shot from the point, just four seconds into a Wolves power play, to give Sudbury a 2-0 lead. The Wolves held on to win by that same score and win the 2012 Junior Club World Cup.
Sudbury’s Michael Kantor was named the top forward of the Tournament and Wolves forward Josh Leivo won the tournament’s top scorer award.
The team will depart from Omsk in a few hours with brief stopovers in Moscow and Paris, before touching down in Toronto Monday afternoon.
Day 12: Saturday August 25th
After finishing second in their pool the Sudbury Wolves played Dynamo Shinnik from Belarus who finished first in their pool today in the second semi-final of the day. The Wolves scored early on the power play on a goal by defenseman Justin Sefton on a set up from Michael Kantor. Boris Novikov responded for the Belarusian side just over two minutes later. Kantor scored twice though for the Wolves in the second half of the opening frame to give them a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Dominik Kahun scored for Sudbury in the second to make it 4-1 at the end of the second period.
Just over five and a half minutes into the third period Maxsim Parfeets scored for Dynamo to cut the lead to two. The scored remained that way until Dynamo pulled their goal and Josh Leivo was able to score an empty net marker to seal a 5-2 win. John Chartrand earned his second victory of the tournament in net for the Wolves
The Waterloo Blackhawks from the United States beat Linkoping HC of Sweden in the day`s first semi-final, which sets up an all North American gold medal game tomorrow evening.
Day 11: Friday August 24th
The team opted for a day of rest today visiting a local mall and then enjoyed a very unique and entertaining outing. The team was allowed special access to see a Russian military tank demonstration at a military training facility just outside of Omsk. Following the live demonstration the team was taken to a military school that specializes in tank training. At the facility they were shown Russian tanks that were used throughout the 20th century. The day ended with a tour through a military museum that all players and staff enjoyed thoroughly.
Day 10: Thursday August 23rd
Tonight the Wolves battled Linkoping Hockey Club from Sweden to see who would finish first and second in their pool at the end of round robin play as the Swedish side had also clinched a playoff berth in the tournament.
Sudbury struck first in this battle as Samuel Shutt beat the Swedish goaltender 4:02 into the game. Linkoping responded with vengeance scoring two goals in the first period and adding a third less than a minute into the second period to go up by a score of 3-1. Sudbury battled back though as Nick Baptiste and Nathan Pancel found the back of the net to even the score at 3-3. The score remained tied until Sweden was awarded a penalty shot with just over a minute left in the frame. Patrick Russell made no mistake with the opportunity and scored his second goal of the game to give Linkoping a one goal lead going into the third period. Russell completed his hat trick just 40 seconds into the third period and put Sweden up 5-3. Linkoping added antother goal into an empty net with just over three minutes remaining to make the final score 6-3.
Both teams advance to the playoff round with Sudbury taking on Dynamo Shinnik from Belarus who finished first in their pool and Linkoping HC will take on the Waterloo Blackhawks from the United States in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Day 9: Wednesday August 22nd
The Wolves came out flying today scoring three goals in the first period against Denmark’s National Junior Team. Nathan Pancel got things started with a goal 2:33 into the game and Justin Sefton and Derek Shoenmakers also lit the lamp in the first period for Sudbury. Mathias Bau Hansen tallied late in the period to make it 3-1 after 20 minutes. The game remained that way until Josh Leivo scored shorthanded 1:08 into the third period to make it 4-1 Sudbury. Leivo then scored two more shorthanded goals 32 seconds apart for a natural hatrick. The Danish side scored a power play goal to make it 6-2 but the five goal lead was restored 10 seconds later when Shoenmakers scored his second goal of the game to make it 7-2. John Chartrand picked up the win for Sudbury in his first game in a Wolves uniform.
Sudbury clinched a playoff spot tonight in the Junior Club World Cup with the combination of their win and a loss by HC Riga of Latvia.
Tomorrow the Wolves will take on Linkoping Hockey Club who won their league championship last season. The game will be a battle for first place in the division.
Day 8: Tuesday August 21st
The Wolves had an off day today and spent it enjoying some North American style activities. After a full morning workout the team enjoyed a meal at TGI Fridays an outing to a local mall and a night of bowling, bumper cars and arcade activity. It will be back to business tomorrow as Sudbury will take on the National Junior Team of Denmark at 3:00 p.m. local time.
Day 7: Monday August 20th
Today the Wolves took on Dynamo Riga from Latvia. While there was furious action at both end of the rink in the first period the game remained scoreless at the end of the first frame. Latvia opened the scoring just over four minutes into the second period but Sudbury was able to respond later in the frame on a goal by Sam Schutt. The game remained tied at the end of the second period. The game remained 1-1 through the end of regulation, in large part due to great goaltending by both by both Kristers Gudlevskis of Riga and Wolves rookie goaltender Taylor Dupuis.
Dy 6: Sunday August 19th
The Sudbury Wolves opened the Junior Club World Cup against HIIK from Finland. It was Finland’s second game of the event as the Finnish Jr. Champion HIIK defeated Denmark 4-2 in their tournament opener. The Wolves scored the game’s first goal when Jake Harris found the back of the net. Later in the first Finland scored to tie the game. Charlie Dodero scored just 53 seconds later though to restore the Wolves lead. Derek Scheonmakers scored on the power play to give the Wolves a 3-1 lead after the first period.
It was all Wolves in the second as two goals by Michael Kantor, and one goal by both Dominik Kubalik, Sam Schutt gave Sudbury a 7-1 lead at the end of the second period. Josh Leivo and Chad Thibodeau closed-out the scoring in the final frame for the Wolves. Joel Vienneau picked up the win in net.
The Wolves have little time to prepare for their next game as they play HC Riga from Latvia at three o’clock Siberia-time on Monday. The Wolves are expecting to make more line-up changes keeping in line with their plan to give as many players as possible a chance to play in the international event.
Day 5: Saturday August 18th
The team practised for the second straight day today as they continue to settle in and get into a routine after going half way around the world since Monday afternoon. The team also went to a local mall and did some sight seeing in Omsk.
Day 4: Friday August 17th
After arriving in Omsk during the early hours of the morning the Wolves settled into their new home the Blinov arena and had their first practise in Omsk.
Day 3: Thursday August 16th
The Sudbury Wolves got their first taste of exhibition hockey on Thursday when they played the Red Army Junior team, in Moscow.
With only two practices under their belt, the Wolves dropped a 4-2 decision to the top junior team in the country. The Wolves led 2-1 after the first with two power play goals by Derek Scheonmakers. Justin Sefton, Nick Baptiste and Matt Campagna and Brody Silk had assists. John Chartrand started the game in goal for the Wolves and allowed two goals on 18 shots. Rookie Taylor Dupuis made his debut for the Wolves and allowed one goal on six shots. The Wolves outshot the Red Army team by a count of 30-24.
The Wolves and Red Army were tied 2-2 after two periods, but an early goal in the third period on an odd-man rush was all that the hosts needed. Red Army put the game away with a short-handed empty net goal with just 16 seconds remaining on the clock.
Following the game the Wolves took a red eye flight to Omsk, Siberia. The team will make Omsk their new home in preparation for the 2012 World Junior Club Championship. The Wolves will open their tournament on Sunday against team Finland.
Day 2: Wednesday August 15th
Following Practice today the Wolves spent the day visiting some of the historic sights of Moscow, including the famous Red Square, the Kremlin and Lenin’s Tomb.
The Wolves practiced both days at the Blinov Arena in Omsk, Russia preparing for their first game of the tournament on Sunday evening, when they will take on HIFK from Finland, who were the Junior Champions of Finland for the 2011-12 season.
The Wolves have hit the ice in the 2012 World Junior Club Cup.
In their first game the Wolves have jumped out to an early 3-1 lead over HIFK (Finland) on goals by Jacob Harris, Charlie Dodero and Derek Shoenmakers. The Wolves have come out flying in the second period as well as Michael Kantor has scored 3:21 into the period followed by a goal by Dominik Kahun just over four minutes later, to make it 5-1 Sudbury at the half way mark of the second period.
Day 1: Tuesday August 14th
The Sudbury Wolves have traveled to Russia to participate in the second annual World Junior Club Cup. The tournament will be taking place in Omsk, Russia August 18th to 26th and will feature some of the top Junior hockey teams from North America and Europe.
The Wolves touched down in Moscow, Russia yesterday and began preparation for the event with a practice at famed Russia Central Red Army sports facility. The team will practice in Moscow again today and enjoy some team building exercises before taking on the Central Red Army Junior team in a pre tournament exhibition game tomorrow afternoon. Immediately after the game the team will make the approximately 2,700 kilometer journey east from Moscow to Omsk for the event.
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