Spirit Prevails Over Wolves
The Sudbury Wolves welcomed the Saginaw Spirit to the Sudbury Arena Friday night for the only time this season. The Wolves played a solid 60 minutes, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Spirit added an empty net goal to take a 4-2 final. Wolves goals came from Captain Kyle Rhodes and Blake Murray.
This game also marked the return of local boy Damien Giroux who picked up two assists and was named the third star of the game, much to the delight of many Giroux fans in attendance. It also was the first appearance to the Nickle City for Naughton native and first year Spirit goaltender Cameron Lamour who got the start in net for his team.
A big hit from Blake McConville in the opening period set the tone for the game. This game was the first meeting between the teams this season and they spent no time on pleasantries. The line of Darian and Drake Pilon and Murray continued to be a difference maker as they had some good chances on Lamour throughout the game. After Mason Kohn was taken down by a hook, the referees granted him a penalty shot where he beat Jake McGrath to make it 1-0. Halfway through the period, Cole Coskey scored on the power play to lengthen the Spirit’s lead to 2-0.
Neither team was able to score for the first 19 minutes of the second period. Dawson Baker, Macauley Carson, Blake Murray, and David Levin all created huge chances but Lamour stood tall. With 51 seconds left in the frame, Rhodes’ point-shot slipped through Lamour to cut the Spirit’s lead in half. Thirteen seconds later, Murray scored from the slot after a nice pass from Darian Pilon. The goal came as Murray’s 12th on the season and second in two nights. The teams went into the dressing room tied at 2 goals apiece.
In the third period, a breakout from Max Grondin lead to the Spirit taking a 3-2 lead. Pressure from the Wolves continued but with an empty net, Coskey scored his second of the game to seal the deal for the Spirit. The Spirit outshot the Wolves by a 32-30 final.
The Wolves will close out their weekend Saturday night at home as they look to rebound against the North Bay Battalion. The game is sponsored by the Lexington Hotel and is set for a 7:05 pm start. Great seats are still available online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or at the Sudbury Arena Box Office Saturday beginning at 4pm.