The Wolves were in Mississauga Sunday to visit the Steelheads for a matinee match-up against the Central Division leaders. In a close affair, the Wolves were unable to tie up the game in the dying seconds, as an empty netter sealed a 3-1 loss. Sunday also marked MACKENZIE SAVARD’s first start in a Wolves uniform.
The Steelheads got off to a quick start with MICHAEL MCLEOD scoring less than a minute into the game to take a 1-0 lead. LIAM DUNDA capitalized on a Mississauga turnover as he beat MATTHEW MANCINA to tie the game. The teams ended the first period tied up at one. Sudbury trailed shots on goal 7-11 after the first.
The Steelheads regained their lead 2:45 minutes into the second period, when JACOB CASCAGNETTE slipped the puck past SAVARD to give the Steelheads their second lead of the game. That marked the only goal of the period as the Wolves trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes. Shots on goal were 27-17 in favour of the Steelheads.
Both teams had a number of chances in the third period, but Spencer Watson sealed the victory for the Steelheads late in the third as he scored on an empty net to take the game by a 3-1 final. Final shots on goal were 46 to 23 for the Steelheads. Savard played strong in net stopping 43 shots in the 3-1 loss and was named second star of the game.
The Wolves will be back in action at the Sudbury Arena this weekend when they host back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. On Friday they will play host to the Sarnia Sting, followed by Northern rivals, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Saturday. Puck drop for both games is 7:00pm.