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Lesson Learned
Submitted By Corey Cruickshank on Tue 11 20, 18
The Wolves have learned that there are no easy games in this league.  The teams are all very talented and we have to be ready for every game.

It took a couple of unfortunate losses against Cambridge (4-2) and Burlington - Red (3-1) for us to learn this.
Following those two losses, the team had a brief pre-game meeting and the players came up with a list of three items that it takes to play well and to have a successful outcome in the games. The boys put the formula to the test against Waterloo (Black) and the 5-1 victory, showed that they are on the right track.
The following Saturday, we were matched up against the first place Brantford 99ers.  The previous meeting with the 99ers was a good, close game with the score ending in a tie at 4-4.  With the home ice advantage this time, the Wolves had a 5-1 lead in the third period, but Brantford showed why they are a top team.  They never gave up and battled back to 5-3 to end the game.
On Remembrance Day, Burlington (White) came to town for the second meeting of the season.  The Wolves came out on top (2-0) in the first meeting.  Our team skated well and got a lot of shots on the Bulldog's goalie.  The result was a 3-1 win for Waterloo.
Next we had a mid week meeting against Kitchener (Red) at Activa.  The Rangers were looking for some revenge after losing the season opener to us in a 7-3 game.  The Rangers came out flying and at the end of the first period, we were down 4-0.  A quick chat after the 1st resulted in a team decision that we weren't going to give up and we were ready to work harder for the remainder of the game.  The effort paid off and we managed to cut the Kitchener lead to 2 goals after two periods.  The Wolves kept the momentum going in the third and with Kitchener taking a few unnecessary penalties, the Wolves tied the game at 4-4.  Getting a point for the tie moved the Wolves into first place in the league, 1 point ahead of Brantford and Hamilton (White).
This past weekend, Hamilton (Red) travelled to Waterloo for the first meeting of the season with the Wolves.  It was another really close game with some great scoring chances at both ends.  The final score was 1-1.  Brantford lost their weekend game and Hamilton (White) had the weekend off, so the Wolves currently have a 2 point lead at the top of the division. They also extended their undefeated streak to 5 games, which is quite an accomplishment in this league.
In addition to the hockey games, the team has been working hard with some dryland training, goalie training and power skating. 
Thanks to the social committee, we managed to squeeze in a little fun at Laser Quest for the team.  It was a great team building activity and the boys were really well behaved.
The Wolves head to Burlington this weekend for the MD Challenge Cup.
Way to go, boys!  Keep up the hard work and great attitude!
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