Circle Feb. 8 on your calendar.
I know the date has already passed, but it might just be a significant one.
If the Wolves can fend off the Mississauga Steelheads and Barrie Colts to win the OHL’s Central Division, a come-from-behind 6-4 win in Barrie last Saturday might have been this season’s TSN turning point.
The fact they won is huge, but how they did it is the exclamation point.
Had the Colts won that game, they’d currently be two points behind the Wolves with three games in hand. Instead, the Sudbury victory puts them six points ahead.
If the magnitude of those two points and their effect on the standings isn’t enough, the fact they did it without their best player in the lineup makes it considerably more special.
Down 3-0 in the first period, with Quinton Byfield in the stands due to a wrist injury, even the most optimistic of fans might have anticipated a collapse, a wilting under the pressure of the moment, especially given their track record in these situations over the last couple of seasons.