The Sudbury Wolves took on the Kitchener Rangers Sunday afternoon at the Sudbury Arena where the Wolves soundly defeated the Rangers by a 4-2 final. In a bounce-back game, it was short-handed goals from Drake and Darian Pilon, as well as markers from Michael Pezzetta and Reagan O’Grady that saddled the Wolves into their win.
It was a quiet first period between the two teams, with shots on net in the first period sitting at 9-5 at the end of the frame. Halfway through the first period as the Wolves were killing off a penalty, Drake Pilon broke out short-handed and capitalized on his breakaway. With under four minutes remaining in the period, Drake Pilon and Nick McHugh dropped the gloves for a solid fight between the two forwards. The Wolves lead 1-0 after the first.
The Rangers opened the second period by scoring a quick goal 36 seconds into the frame. The goal came off the stick of Rickard Hugg who tied the game with his first OHL goal. Darian Pilon responded four minutes later with a short-handed goal when he deked a Rangers defenseman, before slipping the puck between his legs and into the net. It was a beautiful highlight-reel goal that allowed the Wolves to regain a one-goal lead. Responding for the Rangers was Adam Mascherin on the power play, who released a quick shot from the circle to tie the game once again. Despite being outshot 14-5 in the frame, the Wolves ended the second period tied 2-2.
Both teams held strong in the third period, applying equal pressure and opportunities to break the deadlock. Captain Michael Pezzetta was the first to capitalize with his twelfth goal of the year that gave the Wolves a 3-2 lead. With time winding down, the Rangers pulled their goaltender, but it didn’t work in their favour as O’Grady scored an empty net goal to solidify the victory. Final shots on net were 35-21 in favour of the Rangers.
Mario Culina was named the first star of the night as he recorded his first win in a Wolves uniform and stopped 33 shots on net. Darian Pilon was awarded the third star of the night and was named the Subway Hardest Working Player of the Game by fans.
The Wolves will return to action next Friday night, December 1st, when they take on the Mississauga Steelheads at 7:05 pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office and online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. Fans are encouraged to skip the box office line and save time with WOLVES WEB WEDNESDAY. All day this Wednesday and every Wednesday, fans can purchase their tickets online and save the service fees!