The Sudbury Wolves welcomed the Peterborough Petes for their first of two visits to the Sudbury Arena Friday night. Dylan Wells shut the door on the Wolves as the Petes took a 4-0 victory.
Mario Culina received the start in net for the Wolves, marking his first appearance in a Sudbury Wolves uniform since being picked up by the Wolves on Monday.
It was a slow start for the Wolves as the Petes held the Wolves out of the offensive zone for the first half of the opening period. Nikita Korostelev scored first for the Petes as he released a one-timer through the slot to make it 1-0. Just over a minute later, Adam Timleck added the Petes second goal to end the period at 2-0. It was a clean first period between the two teams, with Peterborough receiving the only penalty of the frame due to holding.
The Petes managed two more goals in the second period with Pavel Gogolev scoring his seventh and eighth of the season. The Wolves penalty unit had a quiet night, having to kill off only one penalty in the game, which happened during the second period. The Petes took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission.
The third period was fast paced between the two teams with only limited stoppages in play. The Wolves had a few chances, outshooting the Petes 9-7, but could not come up with any answers on Wells. Final shots on net were 36-24 in favour of the Petes.
Blake McConville earned the third star of the night and Darian Pilon was named the Subway Hardest Working Player of the Game by fans through the Wolves App.
The Wolves were without Reagan O’Grady, Jake McGrath, and Blake Murray who all missed the game due to the flu as well as David Levin and Kyle Rhodes who remain out with injuries .
The Sudbury Wolves will now focus on regrouping before Sunday’s afternoon match-up against the Kitchener Rangers. The game will be underway 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.