Dis­ci­pline key for Pezzetta, Wolves

The Sudbury Star - - SPORTS - JEFF GIFFEN

four years, so th­ese young­sters learn how to be­have and how to per­form and the type of team we have been – we don’t re­ally want to change that iden­tity with all the new re­cruits, but we want to be sure we grow from that iden­tity,” said Co­larossi, who’s pre­par­ing to en­ter her fifth year at the helm of the women’s hockey pro­gram.

“We have al­ways been a high­tempo team and a high-pres­sure team, but as we have evolved, now we want to be a puck poise team, as well, so the abil­ity to have that tempo-set­ting kind of game, while main­tain­ing pos­ses­sion of the puck, is go­ing to be im­por­tant and I think (vet­eran play­ers) need to they show can keep the puck on their sticks, that you can go into bat­tle, still make a play, and that’s OK.”

Laurentian’s coach was pleased with the pre-sea­son show­ings of some first- and sec­ond-year play­ers, too, and hopes that bodes well for their per­for­mance while play­ing for points.

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By the way he car­ries him­self on the ice, it seems ob­vi­ous that Michael Pezzetta is the type of player that would say per­sonal suc­cess means noth­ing if the team’s not win­ning.

And so far, wins haven’t come easy for the Sud­bury Wolves.

But it would be dif­fi­cult to pin any of that on the solid, 6-foot-1, 208-pound for­ward, who is eas­ily off to his best start since break­ing the On­tario Hockey League as a rookie in 2014.

In six games played, Pezzetta leads the team in scor­ing with three goals and four as­sists, and is also a plus-2. And while those num­bers don’t put him among the league lead­ers, be­ing a plus player on a team that has but one win in seven starts is still rather im­pres­sive.

This is es­pe­cially true given that the 19-yearold Mon­treal Cana­di­ens prospect doesn’t get easy shifts. De­spite that he’s the team’s most pro­duc­tive player on of­fence thus far, the de­fen­sively re­spon­si­ble Pezzetta is more likely to line up against an op­pos­ing team’s top for­wards than to be strate­gi­cally matched against a weaker line to help him score goals.

There’s another statis­tic that also looms large for the Toronto na­tive – he has just three mi­nor penal­ties in his six games.

The Wolves have been a more dis­ci­plined team in the early go­ing un­der new head coach Cory Still­man, and much of the credit for that can surely be laid at the skates of Pezzetta and the Pilon twins – Dar­ian has nine PIMs and Drake has just two so far.

As a mat­ter of fact, pesky rookie Daw­son Baker leads the team with 16 penalty min­utes and skilled cen­tre Owen Gil­hula is next with 10.

All three of Pezzetta and the twins had more penalty min­utes than games played last sea­son – 88 for Pezzetta, 87 for Drake Pilon and 97 for brother Dar­ian.

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