The Sudbury Wolves wrapped up their Western Conference road trip Sunday evening as they made a stop in Guelph to battle the Storm. Dmitry Sokolov had his third two-goal performance in a row this weekend to help push the Wolves past the Storm in a 4-1 victory.
The Wolves came out firing in the first period. Dmitry struck first midway through the opening period to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead. The Wolves outshot the Storm 8-3 after the first.
In the second, the Wolves extended their lead as they scored on their own delayed penalty to make it 2-0. Newly acquired defenceman Patrick Sanvido was awarded with the goal. The Storm closed the gap to 2-1 on a powerplay goal by Dmitri Samorukov just 14 seconds later. Sokolov extended the Wolves’ lead to 3-1 late in the period with his 30th goal of the season. With Sunday’s two goals, Sokolov now sits third among OHL goal scorers. Shots on goal after forty minutes were tied at 14 shots apiece.
Both teams had a number of chances in the third, but both goaltenders Jake McGrath and Anthony Popovich stood tall. In a last ditch effort to close the gap, the Storm pulled their goaltender, however the Wolves sealed the victory with an empty net goal from Alan Lyszczarczyk.
The Wolves took this match by a 4-1 final with the Storm leading shots on goal 26-17.
Dmitry Sokolov was named the first star of the game for his two goal performance, while Jake McGrath was named second star.
The Wolves will now return home on Wednesday to face their Northern rivals, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 3 of the Bell Challenge Cup at 7:00pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.