The Sudbury Wolves got back in the win column Thursday with a 4-3 win over the Barrie Colts at the Barrie Molson Centre. The Wolves wrapped up their 6-game road trip with a win and will return home to face the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday. With Thursday’s win, the Wolves also regain second in the Central Division and now sit eight points back of the Niagara IceDogs for the lead. Mitchell Weeks made 24 saves to pick up his first career OHL win. Sudbury received two goals from Shane Bulitka, as well as singles from Drake Pilon and Macauley Carson for the win. Thursday also marked debuts for the newest members of the Wolves, Anthony DeMeo and Adam Ruzicka.
Barrie had their best effort of the period early in the first. Jacob Tortora found himself on a breakaway but couldn’t put the puck on net. After that chance the Wolves took over the game. The Wolves scored their first goal of the game on a hard net drive from Macauley Carson. His shot rebounded to Drake Pilon who would make no mistake and bury his 6th of the season. Only 1:05 later, the Wolves received their second goal of the game. David Levin fed Shane Bulitka with a great pass from behind the net and the Ilderton, Ontario native made no mistake putting his 8th of the season right under the crossbar. Nolan Hutcheson had a good chance to make it 3-0 on a shorthanded breakaway but was denied by Colts goaltender Kai Edmonds. The score was 2-0 after 20 minutes with the Wolves holding a 14-9 shot advantage.
The Colts would start to get back into the game in the second period. Just over four minutes into the second, Jack York maneuvered his way into the slot and fire a wrist shot over the shoulder of Weeks. Barrie had a chance to tie the game, but Mitchell Weeks came up with a big save on Ryan Suzuki. The Wolves got on the scoresheet for the third time this game with under five minutes remaining in the period. Macauley Carson crashed the crease, on a shot from Anthony DeMeo, and picked up his 9th of the season. After 40 minutes the Wolves led 3-1 with a 28-17 shot advantage.
In the final frame, the Colts cut the Wolves’ lead to one under five minutes into the period. Jack York’s point shot took a deflection in front and found its way past Weeks. However, under two minutes later the Wolves notched a powerplay goal thanks to Shane Bulitka. Owen Gilhula sent a cross crease pass to Bulitka for an easy tap in. Adam Ruzicka picked up his first point as a member of the Wolves on the goal. Quinton Byfield had a solid opportunity to increase the Wolves lead on a 2-on-1 but was denied by Edmonds. Dalton Duhart pulled the Colts within one with 6:08 remaining in the period. It was an impressive effort from the former London Knight, who drove to the net and shoveled it over Weeks while falling. The Wolves closed out the period without allowing another goal and pick up the 4-3 victory.
The Wolves now return to Sudbury Community Arena to begin a 5-game homestand against the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday. The Steelheads will be without Ryan McLeod and Owen Tippett after they were both recently dealt to the Saginaw Spirit. Puck drop is at 7:05pm.
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