There was a storm brewing at the Sudbury Community Arena Saturday night and it had everything to do with who the Wolf Pack was facing off against. After 5 minutes in overtime and going 8 rounds in a shootout, the Sudbury Wolves were nothing but excited when they came out on top with a 5-4 win over Western Conference rivals, the Guelph Storm. Between the posts in overtime, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen had an exceptional performance. Quinton Byfield, Shane Bulitka and Drake Pilon were also big helpers in the shootout scoring for the Wolves. Final shots on goal were 38-23 in favour of Guelph.
It was a slow start for both the Wolves and the Storm as the Wolves looked to extend their five game win streak. Drake Pilon opened the scoring for the Wolves just over 7 minutes into the first period with a short-handed goal. Ryan Merkley followed up a few minutes later with a goal to tie the game at 1.
It was a busy second period with both teams who each scored three goals to tie the game at 4. Owen Gilhula buried the rebound early to give the Wolves the upper hand. Within minutes of each other, David Levin and Nolan Hutcheson each notched a goal to give the Wolves a 4-1 lead.
The Storm turned up the heat in the third period and came out on fire. With goals from Dmitri Samorukov, Issac Ratcliffe, and Keegan Stevenson, the Storm were able to make it a tie game at 4 goals a piece. Unable to break the tie, the game was forced into overtime.
In the extra frame, UPL had an outstanding performance shutting down the Storm with every chance they had. With the Wolves and the Storm both being unable to produce a goal to break the tie, the game headed into a shootout.
After 8 rounds in a shootout, Alexey Toropchenko was unable to match Drake Pilon’s beautiful goal leaving the Wolves to claim a huge victory over the Storm.
The Wolves will look to extend their six game win streak in Barrie on Thursday when they face-off against the Colts at 7:30pm. The Wolves return home Friday to take on the Kitchener Rangers Friday at 7:05pm. 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.