Colts Score Two Empty Net Goals to Seal Victory Over Wolves
The Sudbury Wolves welcomed the Barrie Colts to the Sudbury Arena Friday night for another divisional match-up. After the Wolves clawed their way back to within one, the Colts added two empty net goals late in the game to take a 6-3 final.
The evening marked the return of former Wolf Dmitry Sokolov who played in his first game at the Sudbury Arena since being traded to the Colts at the trade deadline earlier this month. The fans gave Sokolov a warm welcome as his name was announced after picking up an assist on the Colt’s third goal.
The line of Darian Pilon, Drake Pilon, and Blake Murray continued to roll through, extending their point streak to seven games. Murray scored twice with Darian tallying one assist.
Neither team was able to score in the first period, despite pressure from both sides. An early power play for the Wolves allowed them time to gain some momentum to start the game. The Wolves played hard against the second place Eastern Conference team, as they outshot the Colts in the first period 12-11.
The Wolves continued to generate chances off plays from Blake Murray, Anthony Tabak, and Drake Pilon short-handed, but it was a power play goal from Aaron Luchuk that opened the scoring. Luchuk managed to slip the puck past the goal line in the midst of a scramble to give the Colts a 1-0 lead. Kirill Nizhnikov responded immediately for the Wolves to tie the game at 1 with assists going to David Levin and Alexey Lipanov. Two more goals from the Colts in the second period ended the frame with the Colts up 3-1. Jason Willms and Andrei Svechnikov were awarded the goals.
The Colts weren’t done in the third period, as Lucas Chiodo scored his first of two goals four minutes into the frame. Despite the deficit, the Wolves pushed hard and fought back to put the game within one. With goals coming less than one minute apart, Murray netted his 13th and 14th of the season to cut the lead to 4-3. With pressure from the Wolves and an empty net, the Colts added two goals from Chiodo and Jaden Peca to solidify a 6-3 victory. Final shots on net at the end of the game were 42-37 in favour of the Colts.
The Wolves return to action tomorrow night looking to rebound when they take on another division rival, the Niagara IceDogs at 7:05pm. Tickets for the game are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. The Sudbury Arena Box Office will open at 4:00pm.