Nolan Hutcheson visited his hometown in Kingston at the Leon’s Centre Friday night as the Wolves faced-off against former teammates Dawson Baker and Conor Ali and the rest of the Frontenacs. Despite their best efforts the Wolves were unable to put together the win falling 4-1 with shots on goal 30-25 in favour of the Wolves. Quinton Byfield was the lone goal scorer for the Wolves with Emmett Serensits picking up the assist.
The Wolves got off to a slow start with only putting 5 shots on net in the opening twenty minutes. Ian Derungs opened the scoring for the Frontenacs when he broke through the Wolves blue line on the power play and notched one into the back of the net on the 5-on-3. Leading up to the last minute of the play in the first period, Jason Robertson made it 2-0.
Moving into the second period, Quinton Byfield ripped one past Brendan Bonello 0.8 seconds in to put the Wolves on the board to cut the Frontenacs lead in half. The Wolves piled on the pressure, but Matt Hotchkiss was able to steal back their two goal lead on the power play as he scored his second of the season with a feed from Derungs. In an effort to shake up the pace of the game, Macauley Carson fired up the Wolves bench as he dropped the gloves with Ryan Cranford to end the period.
Both teams were evenly matched offensively in the third with the Wolves out-shooting the Frontenacs 30-25. Cranford was able to get a lucky bounce for the Frontenacs and beat Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen glove side that helped them secure a 4-1 win.
The Wolves will travel to Ottawa Sunday to face-off against the 67’s and wrap up their three game road trip. Game time is 2:00pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by tuning into the live play-by-play on CKLU 96.7 or by streaming it live on mixlr.com/sudburywolves. Sunday’s game will also be available on Eastlink Channel 10 or 610HD.