It was a battle to the end between two Northern rivals Sunday afternoon as the Sudbury Wolves took on the North Bay Battalion at the Sudbury Arena. In a hard fight to the finish, the Wolves could not complete the comeback as the Battalion took this one by a 6-5 final.
Drake Pilon was named second star of the game for his performance as he recorded a multi-point night with a goal and two assists. Darian Pilon and Shane Bulitka also both had two-point nights, with Darian Pilon scoring a goal and an assist, and Bulitka picking up two assists.
The Battalion were the first to get on the scoreboard when Brandon Coe managed to bounce the puck into the net as it dribbled past Jake McGrath and over the goal line. Four minutes later, the Wolves responded to tie the game as Anthony Tabak score his second of the season to beat Julian Sime. The Battalion went on to score two more quick goals just over a minute apart to take a 3-1 lead. Brad Chenier and Justin Brazeau both tallied the markers for the battalion. After the third goal, Marshall Frappier entered the net for the Wolves.
The second period was fairly quiet period for both teams as they each exchanged one goal. Luke Burghardt scored unassisted for the Battalion five minutes into the period to extend the lead to 4-1. In response, Darian Pilon scored for the Wolves off a great play between his twin Drake, and Bulitka to cut the Battalions lead in half. That was it for the period, as after forty minutes the Wolves were down 4-2.
The Wolves battled hard in the third period to erase their deficit but came just short. Sudbury native, Brad Chenier scored two goals to complete his first career hat-trick. Reagan O’Grady, Drake Pilon, and Michael Pezzetta all scored for the Wolves in the third period to put the game within one, but that was as close as they came. The Wolves fell by a 6-5 final with shots on net favouring the Battalion, 35-34.
The Wolves will travel to the Soo on Wednesday, to take on the Greyhounds at 7:07 pm. Wednesday’s game will mark Game 5 of 6 in the Bell Challenge Cup. Fans can follow the action on the road many ways this season by listening live through play by play on the radio at 96.7 CKLU or mxlr.com/sudburywolves on the Sudbury Wolves App. In addition to listening to the game, fans can tune into Eastlink TV Channel 10 or 610 to watch the broadcast.