Byfield Scores Shoot-out Winner as Wolves Defeat Spirit 3-2
It was a storybook comeback on Friday night when the Sudbury Wolves played host to the Saginaw Spirit for the one and only time this season. The game went into a shootout where the Wolves secured a 3-2 win over Saginaw. It was a big night for Quinton Byfield who was the shootout hero that tied the game in the final minutes and scored the lone goal in the shootout to secure the win. The Wolves took it by a final score of 3-2 with shots on goal 26-24 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves took an early lead when Blake Murray netted his 9th of the season to give the pack a 1-0 lead. Sudbury native Damien Giroux matched Murray’s goal less than a minute after to tie the game at one.
It was a slow second period as both teams had a number of chances to score but were unable to produce.
Saginaw took a 2-1 lead in the third period just over five minutes in with a goal from Cole Perfetti who beat Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen glove side. With just a few minutes remaining in the final frame, Quinton Byfield sent one home straight into the back of the net past Lennox from the point to tie the game at 2. The game was forced into overtime.
Both teams laid on the pressure in the third period and the Wolves played one of their best 3-on-3 overtime performances yet; which sent the game into a shoot-out. Byfield and Luukkonen were named first and second stars of the game for their stand-out performances.
The Wolves will close out their weekend Saturday night at home against the Central Division leading Mississauga Steelheads at 4:05 pm. Great seats are still available online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.