Beech Shelled in Blowout Loss to Barrie

Sudbury goaltender Kevin Beech allowed a total of 6 goals on 27 shots as the Wolves fell to 0-3 after a 9-3 loss to Barrie Thursday night. Beech started the game for Sudbury, but was pulled 17 minutes into the first period after giving up 4 goals on 13 shots. After backup Chris Abbey allowed his third goal a minute into the third period, Beech returned to the ice to allow 2 more goals on 14 shots. Beech is now 0-3 with a 5.77 goals against average and an .828 save percentage. Wolves coach/GM Mike Foligno told the Sudbury Star, “I felt we needed better goaltending tonight and we just didn’t get it. That's real unfortunate.” In other action Wednesday and Thursday… Kingston winger Radek Smolenak excelled for the Frontenacs in a 7-5 win over Bellville Wednesday night. Smolenak had two goals and an assist in the game and was named the contest’s first star. He also had two penalty minutes and a plus-three rating. Rimouski winger Mark Tobin had a fighting major penalty and an even rating for L’Oceanic as Rimouski dropped a 3-1 decision to Cape Breton Wednesday. Tobin is now scoreless in his last three games and has only registered points in one of Rimouski’s five games this year, a two-goal, one assist showing against Drummondville. Finally, Chris Lawrence notched an assist for Sault Ste. Marie as the Greyhounds downed the Windsor Spitfires 6-4 Thursday night. Lawrence also registered a plus-two rating and earned two separate minor penalties for charging.