THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, November 23, 2019 (LSN) The Lakehead Thunderwolves started their weekend off with a 3-2 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks and a whole lot of teddy ears.
The Hawks struck first, thanks to a goal from Laurier defenceman Kyle Jenkins halfway through the first period.
Late in the first period the Thunderwolves, who was on the hunt for their first goal of the game to trigger the Teddy Bear Toss, were working on their third power-play opportunity when junior forward Daniel Del Paggio scored his first goal of the game.
With a minute left in the first game was then put on pause as teddy bears were tossed onto the ice and collected by the Thunderwolves players and staff. 35 larger garbage bags were filled with teddy bears, split up and donated to the Shelter House, Salvation Army and Dilic.
Less than five minutes into the second period, the Thunderwolves found themselves back on the power play and an opportunity to take their first lead of the night. Del Paggio made sure his team capitalized with his second power-play goal of the night. Tomas Soustal and Jordan Larson each earned their second assist of the night on the lone second-period goal.
The third period saw Del Paggio complete his hat trick and score what would become the game-winning goal.
The Hawks managed to knock one more puck past Thunderwolves freshman goaltender Brock Aiken but were unsuccessful with their comeback attempt as the Thunderwovles walked away with the win.
The Wolves and the Hawks will meet one more time this season on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Fort William Gardens.
A super Marvellous Crowd at the gardens Friday’ night
Colour By Forneri
Great game for the fans
The teddy bear toss is a popular Christmas season promotion most common at ice hockey games. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears or other stuffed toys to the game, and to throw them onto the ice when the home team scores its first goal. The toys are gathered up to be donated as presents to hospitals and charities.
In many cases, the players themselves personally donate some of the bears to children at area hospitals and our Lakehead Thunder wolves hosting Laurier Golden Hawks, back to back games Friday and Saturday at the Fort William gardens It’s the last two games before the Xmas break so Lakehead is looking to get a pair of wins to keep in distance of the postseason. Friday night hockey at the Fort William gardens Lakehead Thunder wolves vs Golden Hawks battle back and forth in the 1st Golden Hawks got on the score sheet making thing’s really difficult for Lakehead not to get the 1st goal of the game
Lakehead got 3 power plays in the 1st getting the fans back in the game scoring the tying goal on the power play fans tossed the teddy bears all the players help pick it all up golden Hawks got rattled up of all the teddy bears after the 1st. After 40 mins Lakehead was all over Golden Hawks in the 2nd scoreing the ice breaker 2’1 on the power play a tight end battles and hard hits from both clubs Lakehead Thunder wolves found away to be much more Affective on the power play shots have been all even throughout 40 mins of two periods rivalry Friday night Golden Hawks and Lakehead feeling like playoff Atmosphere.
Golden Hawks gave everything they had in the 3rd before Lakehead taking a 3 1 early lead than golden hawks cut it in half to 3 2 fans at the Fort William gardens had plenty to cheer about for the Lakehead Thunder wolves they played very well all night a strong 60 mins of Excellent hockey a big 3 2 victorious over the Laurier golden hawks both clubs will be back at it 7pm. Saturday
Teddy Bear Toss
Colour and photos by Don JR Forneri
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