The Greyhounds came out with the bigger bite when the Wolves paid a visit to the GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday night. In the second game of the Bell Challenge Cup, the Wolves fell in a tough 5-2 battle to the Greyhounds with final shots on goal 36-25 in favour of the Soo. Darian Pilon and Peter Stratis were the Wolves’ lone goal scorers.
Darian Pilon opened the scoring for the Wolves as he found the back of the net on the rebound when he put the puck past Greyhounds goaltender, Matthew Villalta midway through the period. Jake McGrath stood tall in net in the first and didn’t allow the Greyhounds to capitalize on their 11 shots on goal which left the Wolves with a one goal advantage after 20 minutes.
After the Greyhounds were held off the scoreboard in the first, they kicked it into high gear for the second period. It was a tough 20 minutes for the Wolves as Jacob LeGuerrier, Mac Hollowell, and Sudbury native Brett Jacklin each notched a goal for the Greyhounds to take a 3-1 lead. Battling hard in the remaining minutes of the period, Peter Stratis fired in a rocket past Villalta from the point to make it a one goal game.
Despite solid efforts, the Wolves were unable to catch the Greyhounds lead in the final frame. Cole MacKay scored on the power play to extend their lead by one. In the final minutes of the game, Jake McGrath hustled to the bench as the Wolves aimed to score on a two man advantage, however, Jordan Sambrook scored on the empty net to give the Greyhounds extra leverage forcing the Wolves to drop the contest by a 5-2 final.
The Sudbury Wolves will take a one-day break before loading the bus to North Bay as they seek revenge from Friday night’s game against the Battalion. Puck drop is set for 1:00pm on New Year’s Eve. Fans can follow the Wolves on the road by tuning into the live play by play on the radio on CKLU 96.7 or mxlr.com/sudburywolves on the Sudbury Wolves App. They can also tune into Eastlink Channel 10 and 610HD to watch the match-up.