Luukkonen Backstops Wolves to Victory with 46 Save Performance
The Sudbury Wolves recorded their third straight win Thursday night, with a 3-2 final over their division rivals, the Niagara IceDogs. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen led the charge for the Wolves as he backstopped the team to victory. Luukkonen put on a 46 save performance earning himself the first star of the night. Goal scorers for the Wolves included Darian Pilon, Blake Murray, and Peter Stratis.
Murray had his best game of the season to date with a multi-point outing, recording both a goal and an assist. Rookie defenceman, Isaak Phillips assisted on the game winning goal picking up his first OHL career point.
Another slow start for the Wolves, saw the team go down by one after Kyen Sopa scored for the IceDogs six minutes in. A hard shot from Emmett Serensits allowed the Wolves to tie the game, as his shot was deflected in by Darian Pilon. With the goal, Darian Pilon now has four goals in six games. Three minutes later, Murray netted his first of the season to give the Wolves the lead. Murray’s goal came on the power play, with Jack Thompson and Darian Pilon adding helpers. Despite only recording 7 shots on net in the period, the Wolves made the most of their opportunities to take a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission.
Kirill Maksimov was the lone skater to find the back of the net in the second, allowing the IceDogs to tie the game at two. The IceDogs continued to outshoot the Wolves, doubling up with shots on net 14-7 in the period.
The Wolves continue to show their resilience as veteran defenceman, Stratis, scored his first goal of the season when he walked in from the blue-line and released a one-timer that beat Stephen Dhillon. Stratis’ play earned him the third star of the night. Luukkonen continued to put on a show in the third period fending all 14 shots sent his way, holding on for a 3-2 victory. Final shots on net were 48-21 in favour of the IceDogs.
The Wolves will continue their road trip Friday night in Erie when they take on the Otters with a 7:00pm start. Fans can follow the action by listening live on CKLU 96.7 or on mixlr.com/sudburywolves. Additionally, fans can watch the action through OHL Live.