Luukkonen Earns Shut-Out as Wolves Blank Steelheads 3-0
The Sudbury Wolves caught a big win when they hosted the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday night. In a fun-filled match-up between the division rivals, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen earned a shutout after making 19 saves in his first game back from his gold medal performance with Team Finland in the 2019 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship. Adam Ruzicka scored his first goal as a Sudbury Wolf while Emmett Serensits and Darian Pilon each notched one for the home team to take a 3-0 final over the Steelheads. Luukkonen, Ruzicka and Murray earned first, second and third stars of the game, out-shooting Mississauga 31-19.
The Wolves came out strong to start the game and out-shot Mississauga 11-4 in the first period, however they were unable to net one past LA Kings prospect, Jacob Ingham.
The second period saw the Wolves take a lead and not look back as newcomer Adam Ruzicka tallied his first goal as a wolf to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead. Mississauga put the pressure on Luukkonen with 10 shots on net in the second period, but the golden goalie stood tall turning each shot aside.
In the third period, Emmett Serensits extended the Wolves lead with his second of the season off a feed from Macauley Carson. The Steelheads were able to squeeze a goal past UPL but it was waived off for interference. With minutes left in the game, Ingham left the crease for the extra man. Darian Pilon sent it into the empty net from the blue line to finalize the 3-0 victory.
The Wolves will look to build momentum off Friday night’s win when they host Central Division rivals, the Niagara IceDogs at 3:05pm on Sunday. The Wolves will be seeing a familiar face as Jake McGrath makes his return in new gear after being traded to Niagara earlier this week. Sunday’s game is sponsored by Booster Juice where two lucky rows will win a free smoothie with a fruit infuser coupon. Great seats are still available at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.