Wolves Fall to Enforcers in OT
By Jay Harris
Watertown, NY - The Watertown Wolves saw a two-goal lead dissolve into an overtime loss at Watertown Municipal Arena in the closing game of their home-and-home series with the Elmira Enforcers. Watertown had early leads that faded away to defeat in both games.
Chris Williamson got the Wolves on the board first when Aleh Shypitsyn sent the puck to Tyler Gjurich who dropped back in the offensive zone to open a scoring window for him. Lane King extended the lead to two goals with a frenzy of white jerseys applying pressure to Elmira netminder Troy Passingham. An interference penalty on Shypitsyn provided Mitch Atkins the opportunity to put the Enforcers on the board with just over ninety seconds left in the period.
The Wolves did not let being a man down stop them from scoring the lone goal of the second period early on. Kyle Powell and Lane King got the puck to Tyler Gjurich who made a fast break to tickle the twine. The goal was Gjurich's thirtieth of the season. The Wolves successfully killed three additional penalties to keep the 3-1 lead during the second twenty minutes of play.
The Enforcers came back in the third with goals from Tyler Prendergast and Ahmed Mahfouz to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The excitement in the hometown crowd of 1,340 was extinguished when Stepan Timofeyev won the game for the Enforcers at the 2:56 mark of OT.
The 3 Stars of the Game went to Tyler Gjurich, Lane King, and Kyle Powell.
The Wolves start a weekend series on February 1st when they host the Port Huron Prowlers at Watertown Municipal Arena. The action starts at 7:30 PM.
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