In a low scoring affair between the Sudbury Wolves and the Soo Greyhounds Friday night, it was the Greyhounds who managed to find a way to win in the third as they skated away with a 2-0 final. Jake McGrath played an excellent game between the pipes for the Wolves making 37 saves, en route to earning him the first star of the night.
The opening period was fairly quiet between the two rivals as both teams stayed off the scoresheet and out of the penalty box. Both McGrath and Greyhounds netminder, Matthew Villalta, had solid starts, with McGrath being the busier goaltender as the Hounds out-shot the Wolves 16-9 in the first period.
The second period remained scoreless as neither team was able to find the back of the net. After a roughing minor for Hayden Fowler and Troy Lajeunesse, the ice opened up for four-on-four hockey, but still neither team could convert.
After 46:57 of the hockey game, the Greyhounds broke the tie with Jack Kopacka scoring short-handed to give the Hounds the lead. Short-handed goals proved to be the kryptonite for the Wolves, as just past the halfway point Tim Gettinger sealed the deal for the Hounds on a penalty kill.
Friday’s game marked game four of the Bell Challenge Cup between the two northern rivals. The Greyhounds currently have the edge on the Wolves leading 6 points to 4 after Friday’s contest, however two games remain to settle the winner.
The Sudbury Wolves will look to prepare for Sunday’s game against the North Bay Battalion at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. Sunday’s game is sponsored by Glencore who will be on-hand collecting food donations for the Sudbury Food Bank. Fans who donate will have the chance to win a Sudbury Wolves jersey.