As the Wolves’ embark on a 3-game road trip this week, the Wolves will be without the services of forwards JAKE HARRIS (injury), CONNOR BURGESS (injury), MATT SCHMALZ (suspension) and defenceman CORY GENOVESE (suspension). Schmalz and Genovese will miss Thursday’s game in Niagara as well as Saturday’s game in Erie thanks to a two-game suspension due to their fighting majors assessed to them at the end of Sunday’s game versus Windsor.
To bolster the line-up, the Wolves will add 19-year-old forward JASON LACROIX. Lacroix has played in twelve career OHL games with the Wolves and has compiled one assist and 17 minutes in penalties.
The big left-winger is 6’2”, 210 lbs and sits in sixth place in team scoring with the Welland Jr. Canadiens with 27 points in 36 games. The Hearst native will be looking to add some size to the Wolves line-up in the small St. Catherine’s barn.
The Wolves will also add 17-year-old rearguard ZACH MCFADDEN to their line-up. McFadden was a 12th round draft selection of the Wolves in the 2011 OHL draft. Zach is the younger brother of Wolves’ graduate JOSH MCFADDEN and possesses similar skating and shooting skills as his older sibling. McFadden sits in fourth place in team scoring on the Guelph Jr. Hurricanes with 18 points in 39 games. The 5’11”, 175 lb right-shot defencemen can also play forward and will be a versatile addition to the Wolves’ line-up on Thursday in Niagara.