The Sudbury Wolves took to the road Wednesday night to take on their Northern rivals, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In a hard-fought battle that needed extra time to decide the outcome, the Wolves came out on top with a 4-3 victory.
The Greyhounds got on the board first at the 10:02 mark when TIM GETTINGER was put on a partial break from HAYDEN VERBEEK and stuffed one in the net. MACAULEY CARSON tied the game on a short-handed goal for the Wolves to make it 1-1. Sudbury added 2 more in the period on a well-placed wrist shot from DAVID LEVIN and a beautiful dangle from DMITRY SOKOLOV that transpired into a partial break where he deked out the goalie. The Wolves lead 3-1 after 20 minutes.
In the second, it was a bounce-back period for the Greyhounds as they came out hard and ready to compete. Midway through the period TIM GETTINGER scored his second goal of the night on a snipe from the top of the circle short-handed. Under a minute later, BORIS KATCHOUK fed BOBBY MACINTYRE for a breakaway for the Greyhound’s second short-handed goal of the game. The game was all knotted up at 3 goals apiece as the teams headed to their dressing rooms after two periods of play.
The third period saw both teams play more defensively. The lone scoring chance came when the Greyhounds were awarded a penalty shot, however BORIS KATCHOUK failed to beat Wolves netminder ZACK BOWMAN. Both goaltenders were strong and solid in net in the third as the Greyhounds outshot the Wolves 39-22.
It didn’t take long for the outcome of the game to be decided in overtime. The Sudbury Wolves pounced early as KYLE CAPOBIANCO dished the puck to DMITRY SOKOLOV where he drove the net for a forehand-backhand deke to beat the goalie for his second goal of the game and 21st goal of the season. Sokolov recorded 2 goals and 1 assist on the night and was named the third star of the game.
The Wolves will hit the road once again this weekend to wrap up their first half of the season with stops in Kitchener on Friday and Owen Sound on Saturday. Friday and Saturday’s match-ups both begin at 7:30pm. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by listening on the Wolves App or at http://mixlr.com/sudburywolves/