The Wolves channeled the luck of the Irish in their green jersey’s to solidify a ticket to the playoffs Friday night as they hosted the North Bay Battalion. It was the biggest game of season and the Wolves delivered as they defeated the Battalion by a 5-2 victory.
Prior to puck drop, the Wolves honoured their our three Overage players, CJ Yakimowicz, Aiden Jamieson, and Patrick Sanvido, on fantastic OHL careers. The players also thanked their billet moms by presenting each of them with a bouquet of flowers.
Following the ceremony it was down to business for the Wolves as they came out with purpose and played that way for the remainder of the game. They out-shot the Battalion early in the first, but were forced back on their heels after two back-to-back penalties. Adam Thilander scored for the Battalion on the powerplay to give them a 1-0 lead. One minute later, Dmitry Sokolov scored for the Wolves to tie the game at 1. The goal was Sokolov’s first of three on the night.
The momentum from the first period carried into the second for the Wolves as they continued to push the Battalion. The first period repeated itself with the Battalion scoring and the Wolves answering back with another goal from Dmitry Sokolov. The Battalion’s goal came off of a tipped shot by Daniil Vertiy. Despite out-shooting the Battalion 33-17 in the period, the teams were tied, once again, as they headed into third period – this time at 2.
Sticking to the system paid off for the Wolves as Patrick Sanvido scored 20 seconds into the final frame. The Wolves continued rolling as Ryan Valentini added a cushion to the lead to make it 4-2. An empty net goal from Dmitry Sokolov solidified the victory and their berth in the playoffs. The Wolves won by a 5-2 final with shots on goal 42-29 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves will finish the regular season on the road as they head to St. Catharine’s to take on the IceDogs Saturday night at 7:00pm and to Mississauga on Tuesday to battle the Steelheads at 7:00pm. Fans can catch both games on mixlr.com/sudburywolves.
With a playoff spot clinched, tickets for home playoff games #1 and #2 will go on-sale at the Arena Box Office on Monday at 11am. Dates, times and opponents are still to be determined. Check back to sudburywolves.com for ticket and game information as it is released.