Sokolov Nets Two in 3-2 Loss to Fronts
The Wolves continued their Eastern Conference road swing on Saturday evening when they took on the Kingston Frontenacs at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. Despite a dominant third period for the Wolves, the Frontenacs were able to hang on for a 3-2 final.
In his second game with the Wolves, Kirill Nizhnikov continued to click with his teammates, recording his second multi-point night with two assists. Nizhnikov and Dmitry Sokolov connected for both of the Wolves goals.
The Wolves had a solid first period as they played a high-pace game to open the scoring. The opening goal came off of a hard-working play from Sokolov, as he wrapped around the net and put the puck off the Frontenacs netminder, Jeremy Helvig, and into the net. The Fronts tied the game before the end of the period off a goal from Matt Hotchkiss. The Wolves led in shots on net with a slight edge of 11-10 after the first.
In a déjà vu, Sokolov and Hotchkiss scored once again in the second for their respective teams. Nizhnikov connected with Sokolov who made no mistake in netting the goal to take a 2-1 lead. Hotchkiss once again tied the game, this time when he capitalized on his own rebound on the power play. With just over a minute left in the period, Tyler Burnie scored to gave the Frontenacs their first lead of the game.
It was a physical third period between the two teams. A hit from Liam Murray on Michael Pezzetta led to a tilt between Drake Pilon and Liam Murray. Both Pilon and Murray were ejected from the game with misconducts. The Wolves poured pressure on the Frontenacs all period, out-shooting them 12-4. It wasn’t enough as the Frontenacs held on for a 3-2 win, with final shots on net 38-30 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves will finish their road trip tomorrow in Ottawa against the Ottawa 67’s at 2:00 pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by listening to the live play by play on the radio at 96.7 CKLU or mixlr.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.