Scoring first doesn’t pay off for bantam Wolves in pair of losses to Sharks

The bantam AAA Norman Wolves dropped a pair of games to the Winnipeg Sharks at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena Nov. 3-4, falling 5-2 on Saturday and 12-2 the following day.

Jackson Sirrell had two goals to lead the Sharks in the first game of the series, notching Winnipeg’s first goal on a first period power play to tie the game 1-1 after Ethan Portey gave the Wolves an early lead. Sirrell's second came in the third period with the Sharks already ahead 4-2.

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Quinn Lyon at even strength and Petyon Hinkel-Lysak on a power play gave Winnipeg a 3-1 lead early in the middle frame before Ian Snooks scored for the Wolves to draw them within one goal. Andrew Thevenot replied for the sharks about three minutes later to give them a 4-2 lead at the second intermission.

Linden Gamblin made 26 saves for the Wolves while Carson Fischer stopped 30 of 32 Norman shots in net for Winnipeg.

Magnus Pearson gave the Wolves an early lead again in the second game when he scored unassisted 2:32 after the opening faceoff. That lead stood up for most of the period until Kalen Reynolds tied it up five minutes before the first intermission. Sirrell then notched a power play goal with 16 second left in the period to put the Sharks ahead.

Winnipeg extended the lead to four with second period goals from Hintel-Lysak, Thevenot and Jayden Michaels, all at even strength. The Sharks then poured it on in the third, getting two goals from Caden Zaplitny, one more from both Thevenot and Sirrell, and additional tallies by Ben Bonni, Noah Nardella and Jordan Crawford. Cheechoo Lathlin got the Wolves’ second goal with about five minutes to play and his team trailing 11-1.

Logan Salamondra stopped 26 of 34 shots in the Wolves’ net before being replaced with 14:22 to play by Gamblin, who stopped four of eight shots the rest of the way. Matthew Kieper made 25 saves for the Sharks, who outshot Norman 42-27.

The Wolves have one win, nine regulation losses and one overtime loss in 11 games so far this season. Their next home games in Thompson are Nov. 17-18 when they take on the Parkland Rangers.

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