After starting with back-to-back losses at home to national finalist McGill, the Lakehead Thunderwolves have turned things around in a big way, winning 13 of 14 games. A Fort William Gardens sweep last weekend over Laurier allowed the Wolves to close out the first half of conference play with a 13-3-0 mark at the Christmas break, and it looks like more of the same in the second half to come.The 2011-‘12 edition of the Thunderwolves have been fueled by a potent offensive attack.
Forward Matt Caria was lighting up the scoreboard – and leading the nation in scoring – before going down with an ankle injury that will likely keep him out until after the Christmas break.With Caria on the shelf, cue Adam Sergerie who has picked up a lot of the scoring slack, and first-year forward Mike Hammond.But Sergerie and Hammond aren’t alone, with several other players chipping in much more this season, including fifth-year forward Devin Welsh. Alex Dupuis appears to have emerged as the No. 1 netminder, although rookie Jeff Bosch has shown some promise in a few starts. And, as the second half approaches, another forward is being added to the mix. Six-foot-four forward Thomas Frazee comes here after a short-stint in the ECHL, and five years of major junior in which he was a teammate of Bosch’s for three of those – and a 30-goal scorer to boot. He could be the type of forward the team has needed since Brock McPherson graduated last season.
And he arrives just in time. It’s looking like a tough second half, with four games each against Western and Brock, and two with Waterloo. But, it certainly seems right now that the latest edition of the Wolves, who take on Calgary this weekend in non-conference play at the Gardens, is looking very strong.
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