The Sudbury Wolves hosted the Barrie Colts Friday night in a divisional match-up between the two squads that saw the Wolves soundly defeat the Barrie Colts by a score of 4-2. The Wolves’ penalty kill was one of the deciding factors tonight as the Wolves killed off a total of 12 penalties in the win.
The Wolves came out hard and fast in the first period, and carried that pace throughout the game. A shift in momentum came for the Wolves after killing off a huge 5 on 3 penalty midway through the opening period. The kill fired up both the fans and the team. Dmitry Sokolov had two beautiful goals in the period to mark his 43rd and 44th of the season. In between Sokolov’s goals was a great goal from Macauley Carson. The Wolves led 3-0 after the first and led shots on goal 12-6.
Despite 11 penalties for the Wolves in the second period, including one major, the Wolves found a way to fight through and allowed only one goal. Michael Pezzetta scored on a hard shot to put the puck past Ruan Badenhorst. The goal ended Badenhorst’s night as David Osvjannikov came in to replace him in net. In the final minute in the frame, Joey Keane scored to put the Colts on the board. The Wolves preserved a 4-1 lead heading into the intermission.
Minutes into the third period, Lucas Chiodo scored for the Colts to cut the lead in half. The Wolves held the Colts out of their end following that goal and put continuous pressure on their rivals. The Wolves closed out the game with a 4-2 final with shots on goal 32-21 in favour of the Wolves.
The Sudbury Wolves will host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds this Sunday for their second last home game of the regular season. The game is the last installment of the Bell Cup Challenge with puck drop set for 2:00pm. The Wolves lead the series by 2 points. Come join in on the push to the playoffs. Tickets are on-sale now online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets or on Sunday at the Sudbury Arena Box Office beginning at 11am.