The Wolves began a three game homestand Wednesday as they faced off against their Northern rivals, the Soo Greyhounds. The Wolves led the Bell Challenge Cup 2-0 heading into the rare weekday match-up. In a wild game, the Wolves fought back from a three-goal deficit to send the game into overtime, however weren’t able to hold on for the victory, falling 5-4 to the Hounds.
The Wolves played a hard fought first period and came out on top. The Wolves maintained pressure, however were unable to beat JOSEPH RAAYMAKERS for the majority of the period. With 12 seconds remaining in the period, AIDEN JAMIESON sent a hard shot to the net, leaving DMITRY SOKOLOV alone to hit home the rebound. The Wolves went into the dressing room up 1-0 after 20 minutes.
The Wolves continued to bring the heat through the first half of the second period. Unfortunately, a penalty to LIAM DUNDA for holding, allowed the Greyhounds to gain some momentum. TIM GETTINGER with an unassisted goal beat JAKE MCGRATH to tie the game at one. With the Wolves on the power play, the Greyhounds created an odd man rush beating MCGRATH to take a 2-1 lead. MCGRATH was heavily outnumbered on the play, as it was a 3 on 0 for the Greyhounds. The goal was credited to BLAKE SPEERS. With 51 seconds left in the period, the Greyhounds added another goal to extend their lead 3-1. Shots on goal at the end of the second were 27-20 in favour of the Wolves.
The Soo Greyhounds continued to apply pressure, showcasing their skills as the Western Conference leaders. They added their second shorthanded goal, with a wrap around from JACK KOPACKA minutes into the third. As time dwindled, the Wolves bench remained calm and surged ahead. With 5:54 remaining in the period the Wolves began the comeback, starting with a snipe from MICHAEL PEZZETTA. Two minutes later, DMITRY SOKOLOV scored his second of the game to put the Wolves within one goal. The fans were brought to their feet as RYAN VALENTINI scored with 1:23 seconds remaining in the game to send the game into overtime.
The Wolves had a number of quality chances in overtime, but couldn’t find a way to seal the deal. DAVID MILLER scored for the Greyhounds midway through the extra frame to end the game. After a hard fought game, the Wolves fell by a 5-4 overtime final. Final shots on goal 41-34 in favour of the Wolves.
The Wolves continue their home stretch on Friday when they play host to the North Bay Battalion at 7:00pm. Come join us on the playoff push! Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. Avoid the lines and come down early to get your seats today. For group sales discounts and special programs call the Wolves office at 705-675-3941.