Steelheads Double Up on Wolves
The Sudbury Wolves welcomed Reagan O’Grady and the Mississauga Steelheads back to the Sudbury Community Arena Friday night. The Wolves started out strong, but the Steelheads climbed back to win the game with a 6-3 final. Drake Pilon had a stand-out game, scoring two goals and newcomer Alexey Lipanov tallied his first as a wolf.
A strong first period for the Wolves had the home team lighting the lamp first as Lipanov opened the scoring on a power play. The goal marked his 12th of the season and put the Wolves up 1-0. Newly named assistant captain, Drake Pilon, scored his first of the game with a backhand goal to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead. Six minutes later, Michael McLeod got in alone on Jake McGrath to cut the Steelheads lead to 2-1.
In the second period, Cole Carter and Reagan O’Grady collected goals less than 30 seconds apart to give the Steelheads a 3-2 lead. Pilon scored a beautiful goal to tie the game at 3 as he was falling into the boards for his second of the game and seventh of the season. The teams stayed tied at 3 heading into the dressing room with shots in the period at 12-10 for the Steelheads.
Two quick goals for the Steelheads at the start of the period put the Wolves on their heels, with goals coming from Mathieu Foget and Michael McLeod. The Wolves battled hard to tie the game but were unable to score on Jacob Ingham in the third period. Carter added his second of the game on the power play in the final three minutes to extend the Steelhead’s lead to 6-3. That would be it as the Steelheads won with a 6-3 victory with final shots on net 40-31 in favour of the Steelheads.
The Wolves will look to bounce back on Sunday afternoon when the Owen Sound Attack visit the Sudbury Arena for the only time this season. Puck drop is at 2:00 pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.