Discipline key for Pezzetta, Wolves
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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