Drake Pilon Scored Late in the Third to Lift Wolves Over Troops
The Sudbury Wolves wrapped up a double header weekend as the pack faced off against Central Division rivals, the North Bay Battalion for the annual Remembrance Day game. The Wolves took home their second win of the weekend with a 4-3 victory with final shots on goal 37-36 in favour of the Battalion. Wolves goal scorers included Shane Bulitka, Zack Malik, Owen Gilhula, and Drake Pilon. Drake Pilon was named first star of the game while David Levin and Emmett Serensits were named second and third stars. It was also a milestone game for Zack Malik who scored his first OHL career goal Sunday.
The Wolves got a quick head start in the first when Shane Bulitka opened the scoring recording his third goal of the season. Shortly after, Zack Malik lit the lamp to mark his first OHL career goal to put the Wolves up by two. With 54 seconds remaining in the game, Harrison Caines was able to push through the Wolves defensive line and scored to cut the lead by one.
In the second the Battalion had an offensive outburst out-shooting the Wolves 18-7. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen was exceptional between the pipes for the Wolves making all 18 saves.
The pace of the game changed in the third period as the Battalion were able to tie the game at two with a goal from the OHL leading scorer, Justin Brazeau. The Battalion then took the lead as Sudbury native Brad Chenier scored his seventh of the season. Their lead did not last long however as the Wolves were able to quickly respond to tie the game at 3. Owen Gilhula recorded his first goal of the season, giving the assists to Nolan Hutcheson and Cole Candella. With 44 seconds left in the game, Drake Pilon scored the game winner as he put the puck past Battalion goaltender Christian Propp.
The Wolves will hit the road November 9th, 2018, to kick off a two game road trip where they will make their way down to London to face-off against Western Conference rivals the London Knights and Sarnia to battle the Sting. 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. The Wolves will return to home ice November 15th when they host the Ottawa 67’s for a rare Thursday night game at 7:05pm.