The Sudbury Wolves welcomed the Flint Firebirds to the Sudbury Arena for the only time this season for Friday night action. David Levin scored his first OHL hat-trick en route to doubling up the Flint Firebirds with a 6-3 final.
Head Coach Cory Stillman attributed the win to staying strong on the teams’ system while numerous players recorded multi-point games. Levin picked up three goals, Macauley Carson recorded a goal and two assists, Shane Bulitka scored a goal and added an assist, and Cole Candella recorded two assists.
A quick start to the opening period set the tone for the game as the Wolves opened the scoring exactly a minute in with Levin notching his first of the game. Just over a minute later, Macauley Carson broke in alone on Cavallin and made no mistake on the breakaway to end his scoring drought. The Wolves continued rolling as Kirill Nizhnikov brought the puck out of the corner to extend the lead to 3-0. With the period winding down, C.J. Clarke scored off of a scramble to put the Firebirds on the board.
A four-on-four goal for the Firebirds from Riley McCourt put the visitors within one, as McCourt’s goal cut the lead to 3-2 early in the second. Levin dominated the rest of the period as he scored his second and third of the night. His third goal came off a beautiful back-hand play that sent the hats flying. The Wolves led heading into the intermission with a 5-2 lead.
The teams exchanged goals in the third period as Bulitka netted his sixth of the season as he released a snap-shot from the hash marks. With the Firebirds on a power play, Jake Durham went top shelf to make it 6-3. Despite the game being the first meeting between the two teams, it was a highly competitive affair with the officials handing out 21 penalties including 16 minors, 2 majors, and 3 misconducts. The Wolves closed out the game with a 6-3 final, with shots on net 34-31 in favour of the Firebirds.
Marshall Frappier received the start for the Wolves, playing a solid game stopping a total of 31 shots fired his way. Levin was named first star, Carson was named second star, while Doug Blaisdell was named the third star of the game.
The Wolves will look to continue to keep things rolling on a busy weekend on the road as they travel to London to take on the Knights at 7:00pm Saturday night, followed by a visit to Michael Pezzetta and the Sarnia Sting at 2:05pm on Sunday. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road this season by tuning into the live play by play call on the radio at 96.7 CKLU or mxlr.com/sudburywolves on the Wolves App Saturday vs. London. Alternatively, fans have the option to listen in or tune into Eastlink TV 10 or 610 to watch Sunday’s broadcast vs. Sarnia.