Wolski puts on show

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

A single cement wall separated Wojtek Wolski and Greg Gilbert following yesterday's game between the Brampton Battalion and Mississauga IceDogs but it might as well have been an entire continent.

On one side, Wolski, after recording a hat trick in a 4-1 Battalion win, was on the receiving end of a shaving cream pie in the face during a television interview, courtesy of teammates Aaron Snow and Jason Cassidy.

On the other side of the wall, Gilbert, the IceDogs coach, sat in the visiting team's coaches office, trying to come to grips with how his club was thoroughly outplayed by its Peel region rival.

"When things are going well, you can do stuff like that," Wolski said of the pie routine. "You want the dressing room to be like that, to be fun for everyone. It gives everybody confidence."

J.F. Houle assisted on all of Wolski's goals. Gianluca Caputi scored for Mississauga with less than three minutes remaining to kill goalie Daren Machesney's shutout bid. The Battalion (12-7-2-1) remain in first place in the Eastern Conference with 27 points; the 'Dogs (8-5-5-1), have just two wins in their past 10 games.

With Hockey Canada head scout Blair Mackasey looking on, Wolski enjoyed his best game of the season. The 18-year-old scored a goal in each period and assisted on Tyler Harrison's winner midway through the second. A first-round pick by the Colorado Avalanche last June, Wolski knows the importance of impressing Mackasey in mid-November. The latter has been criss-crossing the country, watching potential players for Canada's entry for the world junior championship starting Christmas Day in Grand Forks, N.D.

"That's fantastic," Wolski said when he learned Mackasey was among the 3,108 at the Brampton Centre. "I haven't had a good game all year when he has been here. Iwant to be on (Canada's)team and help win a gold."

Gilbert didn't emerge from the coaches office until 30 minutes later.

"We don't have enough guys in the lineup who want to compete," he said. "To play this game you have to be competitive and fearless, and we have guys who look like they don't want anything to do with physical confrontation."


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