The Sudbury Wolves were back on home ice to take on the Oshawa Generals in Game 4 at the Sudbury Arena. In the most intense game of the season, the Generals received all the bounces they needed to tie the series at 2-2 with a 4-2 win over the Wolves.
Emotions ran high between the two teams who played their fourth game against each other in less than seven days. The Generals scored early, as Joe Manchurek scored less than two minutes in to make it 1-0. Bad blood boiled over between Aiden Jamieson and Kenny Heuther as they dropped the gloves, firing up the fans. With a flurry of bodies in front of Jake McGrath, Renars Krastenbergs slipped the puck into the net to extend the Generals lead to 2-0. With 8 seconds left in the period, David Levin scored his first of the offseason but it was immediately waved off by officials. After reviewing the goal it was deemed a good goal. The Wolves trailed by 2-1 after the first.
The intensity continued into the second period for the Wolves as they pushed hard to tie the game. A power play goal from Robbie Burt allowed the Generals to regain a two-goal lead. Despite many quality chances from numerous Wolves players, including CJ Yakimowicz, David Levin, and Kyle Capobianco, the Wolves could not solve Jeremy Brodeur. The pressure paid off for Dmitry Sokolov, as he beat Brodeur five-hole to put the Wolves within one. That is how it would stand at the end of 40 minutes, with the Wolves trailing 3-2 but leading in shots 27-21.
Outstanding goaltending from Brodeur throughout the third period kept the Wolves from tying the game. After all kinds of pressure from the Wolves, the play turned to the opposite end where the Generals were able to convert. The goal came from Domenic Commisso. Despite out-shooting the Generals by 43-28, the Wolves fell by a 4-2 final.
The Sudbury Wolves will travel to Oshawa after tonight’s game to battle it out in Game 5 tomorrow night at the Tribute Communities Centre at 7:30pm. Fans can listen to the play-by-play with Bryan Cooper on mixlr.com/sudburywolves or on the Wolves App. The Wolves and Generals will return to Sudbury for Game 6 on Sunday at 7pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office.