Wolves Come Up Short in Tight Finish
The Sudbury Wolves visited the London Knights Saturday night for the only time this season as they visited the Budweiser Garden. A strong third period for the Knights, including an empty net goal, solidified a 5-3 win over the Wolves. Wolves’ goal scorers included Peter Stratis, Kirill Nizhnikov, and David Levin.
The Wolves had a strong first period as they out-shot the Knights 13-5 in the frame. With McGrath screened, Nathan Dunkley opened the scoring as he redirected Evan Bouchard’s shot from the point. Minutes later, Peter Stratis moved the puck from the point to release a wrist shot that beat Jordan Kooy to tie the game at 1.
The teams once again traded goals in the second period, starting with Dalton Duhart who gave the Knights back their lead. It took just over a minute for the Wolves to respond as Kirill Nizhnikov stole the puck to create a breakaway where he sent the puck cleanly past Kooy. A beautiful goal from David Levin gave the Wolves a 3-2 lead. Levin’s goal was unassisted as he made a great move in front of the net, before sending it top shelf. Shane Bulitka had a great breakaway chance as he came close to crossing the line but the referees deemed it no goal on the ice and after further review, kept the call on the ice. With less than a minute remaining in the period, Sudbury native Billy Moskal scored a power play goal to once again tie the game heading into the intermission.
The Knights stole the show in the third period as they pushed hard, applying lots of pressure on McGrath and holding the Wolves from the net. Halfway through the frame, Josh Nelson accepted a cross-ice pass from Connor McMichael and sent the puck into an open net to give the Knights the lead once again. With the Wolves net empty, Liam Foudy sealed the deal for the Knights with an empty net goal to give the Knight’s their 5-3 victory. Final shots on net at the end of the game was 27-25 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves will look to close out their road trip tomorrow afternoon when they visit the Sarnia Sting. The game will mark the appearance of Michael Pezzetta as he will meet up with his former teammates at 2:00pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road this season by tuning into the live play by play call on the radio at 96.7 CKLU or mxlr.com/sudburywolves or tune into Eastlink TV 10 or 610 to watch Sunday’s broadcast vs. Sarnia.